Tampa Bay Buccaneers Roster 2018 Buccaneers Roster

5-8, 3rd NFC South

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6:00 pm UTC, 12/16

Jameis Winston is heading into his fifth year, and while he is only 24 years old, he has to be feeling some pressure to perform. He has a great core around him, as his former teammate in college Mike Evans heads into his fifth year. DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries have locked in roles in this offense, but with two quality tight ends and Chris Godwin pushing for more snaps there is too many mouths to feed. However Godwin is someone to take a shot on with Jackson being 31 years old and dealing with hamstring injuries every now and then. Godwin will see a role if he ever goes down. The Bucs let Doug Martin go, and it was about two seasons too late if you ask us. Ronald Jones was drafted out of USC in the second round, and should jump ahead of Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims. If he can’t there is a big problem.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Jameis Winston Jameis Winston J. Winston 3
81
#17 QB 1 6'4" 231 24 1/6/94 4 2015 1 1 Florida State
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Fitzpatrick R. Fitzpatrick 14
74
#40 QB 2 6'2" 225 36 11/24/82 14 2005 7 250 Harvard
QB Ryan Griffin Ryan Griffin R. Griffin 4
63
#81 QB 3 6'5" 208 29 11/17/89 5 2013 Tulane
RB Peyton Barber Peyton Barber P. Barber 25
63
#118 RB 1 5'10" 228 24 6/27/94 3 2016 Auburn
RB Jacquizz Rodgers Jacquizz Rodgers J. Rodgers 32
80
#36 RB 2 5'6" 196 28 2/6/90 8 2011 5 145 Oregon State
RB Ronald Jones II Ronald Jones II R. Jones II 27
75
#62 RB 3 5'11" 205 21 8/3/97 0 2018 2 38 USC
OT Donovan Smith Donovan Smith D. Smith 76
70
#71 OT 1 6'6" 338 25 6/23/93 4 2015 2 34 Penn State
OT Demar Dotson Demar Dotson D. Dotson 69
86
#8 OT 1 6'9" 315 33 10/11/85 10 2009 Southern Mississippi
OT Michael Liedtke Michael Liedtke M. Liedtke 67
69
#76 OT 2 6'3" 301 26 1/15/92 1 2015 Illinois State
OT Leonard Wester Leonard Wester L. Wester 61
64
#116 OT 2 6'6" 305 25 1/3/93 3 2016 Missouri Western
OT Cole Gardner Cole Gardner C. Gardner 72
68
#111 OT 6'5" 295 25 11/11/93 1 2017 Eastern Michigan
ILB Adarius Taylor Adarius Taylor A. Taylor 53
64
#125 ILB 1 6'1" 215 28 9/21/90 4 2014 Florida Atlantic
ILB Riley Bullough Riley Bullough R. Bullough 49
65
#162 ILB 2 6'1" 226 25 11/23/93 1 2017 Michigan State
OLB Devante Bond Devante Bond D. Bond 59
60
#195 OLB 1 6'0" 237 25 7/3/93 3 2016 6 183 Oklahoma
OLB Lavonte David Lavonte David L. David 54
96
#3 OLB 1 6'1" 233 28 1/23/90 7 2012 2 58 Nebraska
OLB Cameron Lynch Cameron Lynch C. Lynch 52
61
#133 OLB 2 5'11" 227 25 8/4/93 4 2015 Syracuse
OLB Kevin Minter Kevin Minter K. Minter 41
79
#16 OLB 6'0" 246 28 12/3/90 6 2013 2 45 LSU
SS Justin Evans Justin Evans J. Evans 21
74
#42 SS 1 6'0" 199 23 8/26/95 2 2017 2 50 Texas A&M
SS Andrew Adams Andrew Adams A. Adams 26
78
#18 SS 2 5'11" 203 26 10/28/92 3 2016 Connecticut
SS Josh Shaw Josh Shaw J. Shaw 30
73
#33 SS 3 6'0" 201 23 3/15/95 4 2015 4 120 Southern Cal
SS Aaron Davis Aaron Davis A. Davis 28
66
#62 SS 6'1" 189 0 2018
P Bryan Anger Bryan Anger B. Anger 9
79
#14 P 1 6'4" 208 30 10/6/88 7 2012 3 70 California
FS Jordan Whitehead Jordan Whitehead J. Whitehead 31
69
#51 FS 1 5'10" 198 21 3/18/97 0 2018 4 117
FS Isaiah Johnson Isaiah Johnson I. Johnson 39
67
#58 FS 2 6'0" 209 26 10/14/92 1 2016 South Carolina
LS Dax Dellenbach Dax Dellenbach D. Dellenbach 49
69
#1 LS 6'1" 235 28 4/13/90 1 2017 Florida State
LS Garrison Sanborn Garrison Sanborn G. Sanborn 89
61
#29 LS 6'0" 240 33 7/31/85 10 2009 Florida State
C Ryan Jensen Ryan Jensen R. Jensen 66
76
#22 C 1 6'4" 298 27 5/27/91 5 2013 6 203 Colorado State - Pueblo
C Evan Smith Evan Smith E. Smith 62
72
#31 C 6'2" 308 32 7/19/86 9 2009 Idaho State
DT Gerald McCoy Gerald McCoy G. McCoy 93
88
#6 DT 1 6'4" 295 30 2/25/88 9 2010 1 3 Oklahoma
DT Beau Allen Beau Allen B. Allen 91
74
#44 DT 1 6'2" 333 27 11/14/91 5 2014 7 224 Wisconsin
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches Rakeem Nunez-Roches R. Nunez-Roches 56
63
#220 DT 2 6'2" 307 25 7/3/93 4 2015 6 217 Southern Mississippi
DT Vita Vea Vita Vea V. Vea 50
80
#19 DT 2 6'4" 347 23 2/5/95 0 2018 1 12 Washington
DT Jerel Worthy Jerel Worthy J. Worthy 56
71
#52 DT 6'2" 304 28 4/28/90 5 2012 2 51 Michigan State
Evan Perroni Evan Perroni E. Perroni 0
67
#2 0
WR Mike Evans Mike Evans M. Evans 13
87
#19 WR 1 6'5" 231 25 8/21/93 5 2014 1 7 Texas A&M
WR Adam Humphries Adam Humphries A. Humphries 10
81
#56 WR 1 5'11" 190 25 1/24/93 4 2015 Clemson
WR Chris Godwin Chris Godwin C. Godwin 12
81
#59 WR 1 6'1" 209 22 2/27/96 2 2017 3 84 Penn State
WR DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson D. Jackson 11
87
#21 WR 2 5'10" 175 32 12/1/86 11 2008 2 49 California
WR Jesus Wilson Jesus Wilson J. Wilson 85
65
#336 WR 2 5'9" 189 23 1/25/95 1 2017 Florida State
WR Justin Watson Justin Watson J. Watson 17
68
#138 WR 2 6'3" 213 23 4/4/95 0 2018 5 144
WR Sergio Bailey II Sergio Bailey II S. Bailey II 2
67
#157 WR 4 6'0" 190 27 9/7/91 0
TE Cameron Brate Cameron Brate C. Brate 84
80
#24 TE 1 6'4" 245 27 7/3/91 4 2014 Harvard
TE Antony Auclair Antony Auclair A. Auclair 82
60
#104 TE 2 6'6" 256 25 5/28/93 2 2017 Laval
DE Carl Nassib Carl Nassib C. Nassib 94
73
#85 DE 1 6'7" 277 25 4/12/93 3 2016 3 65 Penn State
DE Jason Pierre-Paul Jason Pierre-Paul J. Pierre-Paul 90
85
#25 DE 1 6'5" 278 29 1/1/89 9 2010 1 15 South Florida
DE William Gholston William Gholston W. Gholston 92
73
#84 DE 2 6'6" 281 27 7/31/91 6 2013 4 126 Michigan State
DE Vinny Curry Vinny Curry V. Curry 97
82
#38 DE 2 6'3" 266 30 6/30/88 7 2012 2 59 Marshall
DE Noah Spence Noah Spence N. Spence 57
80
#46 DE 3 6'2" 251 24 1/8/94 3 2016 2 39 Eastern Kentucky
DE Will Clarke Will Clarke W. Clarke 95
67
#124 DE 6'6" 271 27 5/4/91 5 2014 3 88 West Virginia
DE Deondre Barnett Deondre Barnett D. Barnett 0
66
#131 DE 6'3" 239 1 2017 Southern Illinois
FB Alan Cross Alan Cross A. Cross 45
66
#13 FB 5 6'1" 235 25 7/2/93 3 2016 Memphis
CB Carlton Davis Carlton Davis C. Davis 33
69
#125 CB 1 6'1" 206 21 12/31/96 0 2018 2 63 Auburn
CB Brent Grimes Brent Grimes B. Grimes 24
88
#13 CB 1 5'10" 185 35 7/19/83 12 2006 Shippensburg - PA
CB M.J. Stewart M.J. Stewart M. Stewart 36
71
#108 CB 2 5'11" 200 23 9/16/95 0 2018 2 53 North Carolina
CB Ryan Smith Ryan Smith R. Smith 29
67
#142 CB 2 5'11" 174 25 9/7/93 3 2016 4 108 North Carolina Central
CB Javien Elliott Javien Elliott J. Elliott 35
69
#116 CB 3 5'11" 176 25 7/18/93 3 2016 Florida State
CB De'Vante Harris De'Vante Harris D. Harris 22
61
#288 CB 3 5'11" 175 25 6/30/93 3 2016 Texas A&M
CB Amari Coleman Amari Coleman A. Coleman 44
66
#225 CB 5'11" 188 22 10/9/96 0 2018
CB Reese Fleming Reese Fleming R. Fleming 30
66
6'0" 205 25 12/6/93 0 2017 West Virginia
G Ali Marpet Ali Marpet A. Marpet 74
83
#14 G 1 6'4" 307 25 4/17/93 4 2015 2 61 Hobart & William Smith
G Caleb Benenoch Caleb Benenoch C. Benenoch 77
67
#86 G 1 6'5" 311 24 8/8/94 3 2016 5 148 UCLA
G Alex Cappa Alex Cappa A. Cappa 65
67
#89 G 2 6'6" 305 23 1/27/95 0 2018 3 94 Humboldt State
K Cairo Santos Cairo Santos C. Santos 5
77
#21 K 1 5'8" 164 27 11/12/91 5 2014 Tulane

Roster Moves in 2018 Enough?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2018 season dealing with the aftermath of another controversy centered on starting QB Jameis Winston. Winston, the former number 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, will be suspended for the first three games of the season as a result of an incident involving a female Uber driver. Without their signal caller for the first three games, the Buccaneers will have to tread water to have any chance of finding a playoff spot in a competitive NFC South division.

2017 Review

The 2017 season was a disappointing one for Tampa Bay. Following a 2016 campaign that saw them post a winning record at 9-7 and barely miss the playoffs, the Buccaneers were a trendy pick to take the next step and make the postseason. Instead, Tampa saw their defense take a big step backward to a bottom third unit, while their offense was plagued by inconsistency on route to a 5-11 season. Winston wasn’t able to ascend to the next level of a top 10 QB, leaving some in Tampa to doubt whether he’ll ever make that leap.

NFL Draft Moves

While much of the focus on 2017 was on Winston and the offense, defense is where Tampa really fell apart last year. And the Bucs addressed defense in the draft, taking mammoth DT Vita Vea in round 1, two corners in the second round, a safety in the fourth and a LB in the sixth. They also picked up explosive USC RB Ronald Jones II to bolster the offense. Vita Vea is the gem of the draft class, a giant of a man and a first game starter who will solidify the middle of the defense against the run. The Bucs are hoping that Vea and their second and third round secondary reinforcements will overhaul a defense in sore need of improvement.

2018 Free Agency

Like with the draft, the Bucs focused on defense with their 2018 free agent signings. They didn’t swing for the fences with any of the premier players, instead focusing on adding depth and solid veteran pieces. Vinny Curry, Mitch Unrein, Keith Tandy and Beau Allen aren’t going to start in Pro Bowls, but their depth will help a depleted unit. While most of their focus was on defense, the Bucs’ biggest signing was on the offensive side of the ball, where they made former Ravens center Ryan Jensen the highest paid center in the league.

Offensive Roster

The big question for Tampa is this: How will they get by without Winston to start the season, and what can Winston produce when he returns? Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to be the likely starter, and he’ll need to make the most of a passing attack headlined by Mike Evans. Once Winston returns, the Bucs need him to continue his growth into a top tier QB to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Tampa running game put up an anemic 3.5 yards per carry last year, and they’ll be hoping to improve this year. They believe that the precense of Ryan Jensen in the interior O-Line combined with the breakaway threat of Ronald Jones II can revitalize the unit.

Defensive Roster

While there’s relative continuity on the offensive side of the ball, the defense will look completely different in 2018. Tampa will hope that an infusion of highly drafted rookies alongside a number of veteran depth pieces can solidify a unit that underperformed in 2017. With the addition of Vita Vea, the Bucs now have an intriguing tandem with veteran start Gerald McCoy, and they’ll be hoping that their front four can win battles that trickle down into better performance in the linebacking corps and secondary. The story grabbing all the headlines is the turmoil with Jameis Winston, and his performance will be one of the keys of Tampa’s 2018 season. But just as important will the how well the new-look defense can improve on their 2017 performance. If the Bucs can be stout defensively and get a little more production from the running game, they’ll put Winston in a better position to lead the team to a better outcome in 2018.