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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Roster Breakdown in 2020

| September 5, 2020 1:25 am PDT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Roster Breakdown in 2020

Tom Brady is set to light a fire under the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. The longtime Patriots quarterback shocked the collective NFL world when he made the move, while rendering the Bucs a title contender in the process.

That one decision changed how bettors viewed the 2020 NFL landscape, and it’s worth wondering what other Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart changes we should be paying attention to.

Is the Brady addition enough to push Tampa Bay to the top of the league? Is this roster ready to compete for a championship as it stands? Let’s break down the Buccaneers’ roster to find out.

Note: Starters are bolded

Buccaneers Quarterback Depth Chart

  • Tom Brady
  • Blaine Gabbert
  • Ryan Griffin
  • Reid Sinnett

Brady has all of the accolades and titles a quarterback could want, and in theory, he does elevate the Bucs. But bettors also need to keep in mind that he’s 43 and showed signs of decline in recent years.

Tampa Bay still got an upgrade under center, though, as the team also got away from having to hand Jameis Winston a huge contract.

It’s possible Brady continues regressing, while a Brady injury would make way for Blaine Gabbert to make starts, and nobody wants any part of that.

Buccaneers Running Back Depth Chart

  • Ronald Jones II
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn
  • Dare Ogunbowale
  • Raymond Calais
  • TJ Logan

Tampa Bay’s running game is its main offensive weakness going into 2020. Ronald Jones II did show progress last year, but he headed the 24th-ranked ground game in the league.

Rookie Ke’Shawn Vaugh has the talent to supplant him, but both of these backs have the ability to be a force. Until they actually prove they’re up to the task, though, this position has to be regarded as a weakness.

Buccaneers Wide Receiver Depth Chart

  • Mike Evans
  • Chris Godwin
  • Justin Watson
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Scott Miller
  • Spencer Schnell
  • Codey McElroy
  • Jaydon Mickens
  • Cyril Grayson
  • John Hurst
  • Bryant Mitchell
  • Travis Jonsen
  • Josh Pearson

Wide receiver might be the strongest position for the Buccaneers. Mike Evans is a tower of a man with elite ball skills, while Godwin has turned into a dominant number two option.

Tampa Bay’s depth is obscene at receiver, as well. Justin Watson and Scott Miller offer two fantastic slot options, while incoming rookie Tyler Johnson has the ability to make contested catches look ordinary.

Breshad Perriman did leave town for the Jets, but his absence probably won’t be felt.

Buccaneers Tight End Depth Chart

  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Cameron Brate
  • OJ Howard
  • Tanner Hudson
  • Anthony Auclair
  • Jordan Leggett

The Bucs are also stacked at tight end. They honestly already were, as Cameron Brate is a reliable receiver and established red-zone threat, and O.J. Howard has the athleticism to create mismatches in the open field.

Tampa Bay welcomed Rob Gronkowski back from retirement as part of the Brady signing, and now this unit seems unstoppable. It’ll be interesting to see if a year away from the game hurts The Gronk, but his red-zone chops and general size are still going to be assets.

Buccaneers Offensive Line Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String Fourth String
Left Tackle Donovan Smith Brad Seaton
Left Guard Ali Marpet Zack Bailey Anthony Fabiano Nick Leverett
Center Ryan Jensen Zach Shackelford
Right Guard Alex Cappa Aaron Stinnie John Molchon
Right Tackle Tristan Wirfs Joe Haeg Josh Wells

As noted, the Buccaneers did not run the ball very well in 2019, but they also gave up the 11th-most sacks in the NFL. Some of the latter was on the departed Winston, but it can’t be music to the immobile Tom Brady’s aging ears.

Brady does offer elite pocket presence and a quick release, but he’ll have to hope the o-line is better this year.

The line is inconsistent, but the team did invest a first-round pick in Tristan Wirfs and added some depth with Joe Haeg coming over from Indianapolis.

Buccaneers Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defensive End Defensive Tackle
Ndamukong Suh Vita Vea
William Gholston Khalil Davis
Patrick O’Connor
Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Nasir Player
Jeremiah Ledbetter
Benning Potoa’e

Tampa Bay is strong up front on the defensive line. The aging Ndamokong Suh isn’t the pass-rushing monster he once was, but he provides a seasoned and balanced option.

He’s joined by Gholston and Vea, who help man an elite run defense.

Buccaneers Linebacker Depth Chart

OLB ILB ILB OLB
Jason Pierre-Paul Devin White Lavonte David Shaq Barrett
Kahzin Daniels Jack Cichy Kendell Beckwith Anthony Nelson
Quinton Bell Kevin Minter Chapelle Russell Cam Gill
Michael Divinity Jr. Noah Dawkins

The Bucs have a mean run-stuffing front line, but they also have a bevy of pass rushers. The team tagged Shaq Barrett (19.5 sacks) and retained JPP (8.5), potentially solidifying a feared pass rush for at least one more year.

While deadly on the edge (7th in sacks in 2019), the Bucs are also extremely talented in the middle of their linebacking corps. Lavonte David was as reliable as ever in 2019, while the uber-athletic Devin White figures to make a huge leap in his second NFL season.

Buccaneers Cornerback Depth Chart

  • Carlton Davis
  • Sean Murphy-Bunting
  • Jamel Dean
  • MJ Stewart
  • Ryan Smith
  • Herb Miller
  • John Franklin III
  • Deiondre’ Hall
  • Mazzi Wilkins
  • Parnell Motley

Despite being nasty at the first two levels of their defense, the Bucs struggled against the pass in 2019 (30th) and allowed 57 20+ yard plays.

Tampa Bay’s secondary was a big issue, with neither Davis nor Murphy-Bunting excelling in coverage. With no major additions to the cornerback position, the Bucs are clearly betting on improving from within.

Buccaneers Safety Depth Chart

  • Mike Edwards
  • Justin Evans
  • Antoine Winfield Jr.
  • Jordan Whitehead
  • D’Cota Dixon
  • Andrew Adams
  • Javon Hagan

Safety has been another issue for the Buccaneers, as Mike Edwards had a trying season, and the team let Darian Stewart walk in free agency.

Justin Evans could push for a starting role, while the team did land a nice prospect in the draft in Antoine Winfield Jr. Ideally, Winfield locks down one spot, and Edwards improves in his second season.

Buccaneers Special Teams Depth Chart

  • Kicker: Matt Gay
  • Punter: Bradley Pinion
  • Long Snapper: Zach Triner
  • Holder: Bradley Pinion
  • Punter Returner: Justin Watson
  • Kick Returner: Dare Ogunbowale

Tampa Bay’s special teams unit could be better. Kicker Matt Gay was disappointing as a rookie, as he whiffed five extra points and only connected on 77% of his field goals.

Elliot Fry was brought in to provide competition, but this could be a point of contention for Buccaneers fans again in 2020.

Punter Bradley Pinion ranked 32nd in net average last year and wasn’t a marksman when trying to pin opponents inside their own 20-yard line.

Tampa Bay doesn’t look to be in a good spot if Watson and Ogunbowale are their main return men, either. Both lack experience or productivity based on what they’ve shown in the NFL in these roles thus far.

Buccaneers Roster Analysis

  • Grade: B+

Bringing Tom Brady into town provides a much-needed jolt and makes the Buccaneers viable title threats. Brady is a huge upgrade under center even at 43, while he’s being handed the keys to a pretty amazing offense.

Tampa Bay’s o-line isn’t where it needs to be, but they did land a top-10 talent at right tackle, and Brady’s experience could help a bit.

The running game and pass defense both need to be better, as well. However, the Bucs are nasty up front and have the ability to both stop the run and create havoc on the edge. These are all things that tend to be synonymous with championship-winning rosters.

Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020

The Buccaneers can freely be targeted in all betting markets, as Brady’s arrival makes them a very good bet to at least make the NFL playoffs this year.

Tampa Bay already was competitive and had the offense to roll with anyone, but now they could really take things up a notch. Bettors can consider them as an option to win the NFC South, if not much more in 2020.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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