Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart 2018 Buccaneers Depth Chart

5-11, 4th NFC South

vs ATL

6:00 pm GMT, 12/30

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The quarterback starting decisions were on a weekly basis as Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick both started this season. Fitz would have some strong weeks, and then a down week would leave Winston starting for a few weeks. Winston ended up finishing the season as the starting quarterback, but this will be a major talking point heading into next season. While the Bucs drafted Ronald Jones with intentions of him being a threat in the offense, but Peyton Barber held the starting role for most of the season. Jones was hardly a factor, which has to be a concern for him and his beginning to his NFL career. The Bucs pass-catching core was absolutely loaded. Mike Evans was a true WR1, while DeSean Jackson made this team better when he was healthy was the WR2. Jackson missed a handful of games, which allowed Chris Godwin to showcase his worth. Both him and Adam Humphries would operate as the WR3 most weeks. O.J. Howard jumped ahead of Cameron Brate for the starting tight end role, but Howard did suffer a season ending injury halfway through that would leave Brate starting.

Offense Depth Chart

Running Back RB
Shaun Wilson S. Wilson (4)
67
#97 RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
87
#19 WR
Justin Watson J. Watson (4)
68
#138 WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
80
#21 TE
Donnie Ernsberger D. Ernsberger (4)
67
#130 TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
87
#19 WR
Justin Watson J. Watson (4)
68
#138 WR
Tight End TE
80
#21 TE
Donnie Ernsberger D. Ernsberger (4)
67
#130 TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Running Back RB
Shaun Wilson S. Wilson (4)
67
#97 RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart
Position POS
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
74
#44 DT
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu S. Tu'ikolovatu (3)
65
#119 DT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
60
#195 OLB
Jack Cichy J. Cichy (3)
66
#111 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Orion Stewart O. Stewart (2)
65
#88 SS
Free Safety FS
Jordan Whitehead J. Whitehead (2)
69
#51 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
74
#44 DT
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu S. Tu'ikolovatu (3)
65
#119 DT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
60
#195 OLB
Jack Cichy J. Cichy (3)
66
#111 OLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Orion Stewart O. Stewart (2)
65
#88 SS
Free Safety FS
Jordan Whitehead J. Whitehead (2)
69
#51 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Peyton Barber P. Barber
63
RB 1 38.5 1 RB 1 38.5 1 29 20 92 4.6 10 1 234 871 28 5 3.7 54.4
Ronald Jones II R. J. II
75
RB 2 10 0 RB 2 10 0 9 7 33 4.7 15 0 23 44 9 1 1.9 4.9
Andre Ellington A. Ellington
71
RB 3 RB 3
Shaun Wilson S. Wilson
67
RB 4 4.4 0 RB 4 4.4 0 5 3 5 1.7 5 0 6 29 9 0 4.8 5.8
WRs
Player Rating
Mike Evans M. Evans
87
Chris Godwin C. Godwin
81
Breshad Perriman B. Perriman
73
Justin Watson J. Watson
68
Jesus Wilson J. Wilson
65
Sergio Bailey II S. B. II
67
Thomas Sperbeck T. Sperbeck
66
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Mike Evans M. Evans
87
LWR 1 58.8 139 86 1524 60 17.7 72 8 0 0 1 0 0
Chris Godwin C. Godwin
81
RWR 2 44.8 95 59 842 60 14.3 48 7 0 0 0 0 0
Breshad Perriman B. Perriman
73
SWR 3 21.8 25 16 340 60 21.2 66 2 4 2 0 0.5 0.2
Justin Watson J. Watson
68
LWR 4 6.1 3 1 5 30 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jesus Wilson J. Wilson
65
RWR 5 13.8 5 4 52 80 13 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sergio Bailey II S. B. II
67
WR 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Sperbeck T. Sperbeck
66
WR 49
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
OJ Howard O. Howard
80
TE 1 43.6 48 34 565 70 16.6 75 5
Cameron Brate C. Brate
80
TE 2 33.4 49 30 289 60 9.6 21 6
Antony Auclair A. Auclair
60
TE 3 21.2 8 7 48 90 6.9 12 0
Donnie Ernsberger D. Ernsberger
67
TE 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers
73
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
73
29 383.4 259.4 123.9 38 8 9
Special Teams Rating
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers
72
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
72
0 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive Line Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Jason Pierre-Paul J. Pierre-Paul
85
LDE 1 58.3 58 16.5 1 0 0
Vita Vea V. Vea
80
RDT 1 37.8 28 4 0 0 0
Gerald McCoy G. McCoy
88
LDT 1 52.1 28 7.5 0 0 0
Carl Nassib C. Nassib
73
RDE 1 39.9 29 15 2 0 0
Noah Spence N. Spence
80
RDE 2 3.8 3 0.5 0 0 0
William Gholston W. Gholston
73
LDE 2 25.1 10 1 0 0 0
Rakeem Nunez-Roches R. Nunez-Roches
63
RDT 2 17.3 2 0 0 0 0
Beau Allen B. Allen
74
LDT 2 27.6 20 2 0 0 0
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu S. Tu'ikolovatu
65
LDT 3
Nick Thurman N. Thurman
66
DL 10
Hunter Dimick H. Dimick
65
DL 11
Deondre Barnett D. Barnett
66
DL 12
Defensive Backs Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Vernon Hargreaves V. Hargreaves
76
RCB 1 53 7 0 1 0 0
Kentrell Brice K. Brice
70
FS 1 46.2 49 1 0 0 0
Justin Evans J. Evans
74
SS 1 60.5 59 2 0 1 1
Carlton Davis C. Davis
69
LCB 1 55.2 40 2.5 1 0 0
Ryan Smith R. Smith
67
LCB 2 26.2 38 1.5 0 1 0
M.J. Stewart M. Stewart
71
RCB 2 27.1 33 2 0 0 0
Jordan Whitehead J. Whitehead
69
FS 2 44 76 4 0 0 0
Orion Stewart O. Stewart
65
SS 2
De'Vante Harris D. Harris
61
LCB 3 10.6 9 1 0 0 0
Isaiah Johnson I. Johnson
67
FS 3 26.9 48 0 0 1 0
Aaron Davis A. Davis
66
DB 11
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Cairo Santos C. Santos
77
PK 1 64 14 77.8 45 22 1 4 6 3 0
Phillip Andersen P. Andersen
PK 2
Punters Rating Depth Position
Hayden Hunt H. Hunt N/A P 1
Bradley Pinion B. Pinion
81
P 2

Last Week's Buccaneers Starting Lineup

Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Chris Godwin C. Godwin
81
WR 1 51 9 6 114 70 19 30 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Evans M. Evans
87
WR 2 51 9 6 106 70 17.7 33 2 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Humphries A. Humphries
81
WR 3 50 6 5 66 80 13.2 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jesus Wilson J. Wilson
65
WR 4 14 1 1 16 100 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Watson J. Watson
68
WR 5 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Cameron Brate C. Brate
80
TE 1 36 4 2 39 50 19.5 21 0
Antony Auclair A. Auclair
60
TE 2 29 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donnie Ernsberger D. Ernsberger
67
TE 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Buccaneers Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 vs ATL 32-34 L Jameis Winston (QB), Peyton Barber (RB), Chris Godwin (WR1), Mike Evans (WR2), Cameron Brate (TE), Caleb Benenoch (G), Ryan Jensen (C), Demar Dotson (OT), Ali Marpet (G), Donovan Smith (OT)
Week 16: 12/23/18 at DAL 20-27 L Jameis Winston (QB), Peyton Barber (RB), Chris Godwin (WR1), Adam Humphries (WR2), Mike Evans (WR3), Antony Auclair (TE), Ali Marpet (G), Caleb Benenoch (G), Demar Dotson (OT), Ryan Jensen (C), Donovan Smith (OT)
Week 15: 12/16/18 at BAL 12-20 L Jameis Winston (QB), Peyton Barber (RB), Mike Evans (WR1), Chris Godwin (WR2), Antony Auclair (TE), Caleb Benenoch (G), Demar Dotson (OT), Ryan Jensen (C), Donovan Smith (OT), Ali Marpet (G)
Week 14: 12/9/18 vs NO 14-28 L Jameis Winston (QB), Peyton Barber (RB), Mike Evans (WR1), Chris Godwin (WR2), Adam Humphries (WR3), Antony Auclair (TE), Caleb Benenoch (G), Donovan Smith (OT), Ryan Jensen (C), Demar Dotson (OT), Ali Marpet (G)
Week 13: 12/2/18 vs CAR 24-17 W Jameis Winston (QB), Peyton Barber (RB), Chris Godwin (WR1), Adam Humphries (WR2), Mike Evans (WR3), Antony Auclair (TE), Ryan Jensen (C), Donovan Smith (OT), Leonard Wester (OT), Ali Marpet (G), Caleb Benenoch (G)

Preseason Analysis: Buccaneers In For a Rocky 2018

Tampa Bay is another team struggling for identity despite drafting the Florida State connection of Mike Evans and Jameis Winston. Letting Doug Martin walk this season, they went out and addressed a hole at the running back position. Ronald Jones out of USC was drafted in the second round and will likely land the top spot over Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber. Both might sneak in for some touches every now and then, but Jones should be the guy. The receiving core remains mostly the same, as DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries will play with Evans. This leaves Chris Godwin out, who got some burn down the stretch last season. Godwin has potential to jump into the top three with injuries, but his overall talent would the Bucs a small bump. Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard both still command the tight end spots and will for the foreseeable future. It will be interesting to see if Howard takes a jump in year two at all. He was a talented tight end at Alabama, and showed some promise at times last season, but Brate continues to be a guy Winston trusts. The Bucs are in a bit of a turning point believe it or not for the future.

The 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be an exciting team on offense, with their big play focus, and on defense, with an intimidating pass rush. A very active offseason has addressed the team’s greatest needs, most notably the lack of a pass rush and the resultant poor overall defensive performance. The NFC South, however, is arguably the toughest division in football, so it remains to be seen whether the improvements will be enough to get the Buccaneers into the playoffs – or even out of the cellar. Looking at defense first, as did the team, the upgrades stand out clearly. Up front, free agency and the draft have given opposing quarterbacks a whole lot more than Gerald McCoy to worry about. Names like Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, and rookie Vita Vea will bring the threat of sacks that was nearly absent last year. Those defensive line moves are the biggest free agent and draft acquisitions, and they alone would make the secondary look much better, but upgrades were obtained back there, too, with two good cornerbacks taken in the second round, plus a safety in the fourth. The best depth chart battles leading up to the regular season kickoff will be the healthy competition throughout the secondary, as the full crop fights to start. The defensive game plan disguises coverage and rush schemes.

The passing game plan features downfield attack, including trick plays and routes that take a lot of time to develop. Any substantial running game will be an improvement over last season, and will keep the attention of opposing defenses divided. The offensive line got one key upgrade - new center Ryan Jensen will allow two other linemen to shuffle to their best natural positions and provide better opportunities for both the passing and running games. Exploiting the adjustments will be rookie running back Ronald Jones II, a threat to go the distance at any time, taken in the second round, and looking to earn the most carries on the team. Quarterback expectations should not be too diminished with the three-game suspension of Jameis Winston, with Ryan Fitzpatrick a solid backup. Both quarterbacks will benefit from good tight end blocking and pass-catching, as the Buccaneers feature not one but two young, improving tight ends in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. Sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin shone late in his rookie season and will make his case for more snaps, supplementing the other very good receivers and giving lots of mobile targets for whichever quarterback is executing the aggressive offensive scheme. On special teams, Tampa Bay improved at place kicker, picked up some rookie position players that should contribute to kick coverage and the return game, and stood pat with their punter. A slight improvement is all that can be expected from special teams overall, and with the biggest deficiencies on defense and offense addressed, special teams may remain their biggest challenge. The Buccaneers will win more games and threaten the universally strong NFC South rivals.