Da'Quan Bowers, Chris Conte not on Bucs' projected 53-man roster

TAMPA, Fla. – With the preseason over and roster cuts looming, now is the perfect time to project the 53-man roster for the Buccaneers. Let’s take a look.


Jameis Winston

Mike Glennon

This position is clear cut. The rookie Winston will be the starter. Glennon, who has started 18 games over the past two seasons, is a very capable backup. Seth Lobato is likely to end up on the practice squad.


Doug Martin

Charles Sims

Bobby Rainey

Jorvorskie Lane

Martin has had an outstanding preseason and will hold on to the starting job. Sims and Rainey are decent backups and Lane will be the only fullback on the roster. Mike James is on the roster bubble, but the numbers are working against him.


Vincent Jackson

Mike Evans

Louis Murphy

Russell Shepard

Kaelin Clay

Kenny Bell

Shepard has shown he is more than a special-teams player. Clay likely makes the roster as a return man. Bell is on the bubble. He got off to a great start in camp but didn’t do much in the preseason games.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Brandon Myers

Luke Stocker

The Bucs cleared out a logjam by trading away Tim Wright. Seferian-Jenkins and Myers are capable as receivers and blockers. Stocker is a blocking specialist and also could get some work at fullback.


Logan Mankins

Evan Smith

Demar Dotson

Gosder Cherilus

Donovan Smith

Ali Marpet

Kevin Pamphile

Garrett Gilkey

Jeremiah Warren

Dotson could open the season on short-term injured reserve. That could clear the way for second-year pro Kadeem Edwards to keep a roster spot. But depth remains a major concern on the offensive line and the Bucs could look to add players who were released by other teams.


Gerald McCoy

Clinton McDonald

George Johnson

Jacquies Smith

Henry Melton

Tony McDaniel

T.J. Fatinikun

Larry English

William Gholston

Lawrence Sidbury

This unit is loaded on the interior and veteran Da’Quan Bowers could be the odd man out. The outside pass rush remains a major concern, but the Bucs have big hopes for Johnson and Smith.


Lavonte David

Kwon Alexander

Danny Lansanah

Bruce Carter

Khaseem Greene

Josh Keyes

David, Alexander, Lansanah and Carter are locks to make the roster. The final two spots could come down to special teams, where Greene and Keyes are capable of contributing.


Alterraun Verner

Johnthan Banks

Mike Jenkins

Sterling Moore

Isaiah Frey

Brandon Dixon

Bradley McDougald

D.J. Swearinger

Major Wright

Keith Tandy

Frey and Dixon are on the bubble, but both are capable of contributing on special teams. Tandy and Wright are in competition with Chris Conte for the final roster spot. Conte could lose out because he missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury.


P Jake Schum

K Kyle Brindza

LS Andrew DePaola

It is basically a coin flip at kicker with Brindza, Patrick Murray and Connor Barth. Schum stepped up and beat out veteran Michael Koenen.