Buccaneers' roster loaded for running game

TAMPA, Fla. -- Here’s a player-by-player look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster:


Jameis Winston: He’s the new franchise quarterback and how he plays will dictate how the Bucs fare this season.

Mike Glennon: He’s a quality backup who has started 18 games over the past two seasons.

Ryan Griffin: A developmental prospect claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.


Doug Martin: Had an outstanding training camp and preseason and is looking to get back to what he was as a rookie in 2012.

Charles Sims: Probably will be used as a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield.

Bobby Rainey: A decent backup who brings lots of value on special teams.

Mike James: Might end up being the short-yardage and goal-line specialist.

Jorvorskie Lane: The only true fullback on a team that doesn’t use the fullback much.


Vincent Jackson: A veteran who still is capable of putting up big numbers.

Mike Evans: Should only improve on a very good rookie season.

Louis Murphy: Likely to be the third receiver.

Russell Shepard: A special teams ace who showed signs in the preseason that he can contribute as a receiver.

Adam Humphries: Undrafted free agent who could end up with some playing time in the slot and as a return man.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins: If healthy, he could double or triple the 21 catches he had as a rookie.

Brandon Myers: A quality backup who can catch passes and block.

Luke Stocker: A blocking specialist who could also get some playing time at fullback.


Demar Dotson: Will miss several games as he recovers from a knee injury, but will return as the starting right tackle.

Logan Mankins: Needs to have a better season than he did last year.

Evan Smith: A dependable starter at center.

Ali Marpet: The rookie out of Division III Hobart will start at right guard.

Donovan Smith: The Bucs will hand the important left tackle position to the rookie from Penn State.

Gosder Cherilus: Veteran who was brought in late and is likely to start in Dotson’s absence.

Kevin Pamphile: Likely to be the backup left tackle.

Jeremiah Warren: Has good value because he can play guard and center.

Eric Kush: Was with Kansas City the past two seasons and can play center or guard.


Gerald McCoy: An All-Pro who is in his prime.

George Johnson: A part-time player in Detroit last year, the Bucs are counting on Johnson as a starter.

Jacquies Smith: Had 6.5 sacks last year and will be in a starting role.

Tony McDaniel: Should be a rotational player at defensive tackle.

Clinton McDonald: Likely to start next to McCoy.

Henry Melton: A former Pro Bowler who will be used as a situational pass rusher in the middle.

T.J. Fatinikun: The top backup at defensive end.

William Gholston: Switched from defensive end to defensive tackle and should get some playing time as a rotational player.

Kourtnei Brown: A waiver claim who has bounced around the league since 2012, Brown showed some promise this preseason while with Houston.


Lavonte David: One of the best outside linebackers in the NFL.

Kwon Alexander: A rookie who will start right away at middle linebacker.

Danny Lansanah: Despite challenges, he keeps holding on to the starting job at strong side linebacker.

Bruce Carter: Will be the top backup in the middle and on the strong side.

Jeremiah George: A waiver claim from Jacksonville who should get a spot on special teams.

James-Michael Johnson: A waiver claim from Kansas City, Johnson has made 18 starts in four seasons.


Alterraun Verner: The team’s top cornerback.

Johnthan Banks: Blossomed last year and Bucs are hoping his development continues.

Mike Jenkins: A valued backup, but will have to beat out Tim Jennings, once he officially signs, for the third cornerback spot.

Sterling Moore: Should get plenty of playing time as a nickelback.

Bradley McDougald: Has secured a job as a starting safety.

Major Wright: Still competing for the other starting safety spot.

Chris Conte: Likely will see most of his action on special teams.

D.J. Swearinger: Has a shot to be a starter at strong safety.

Keith Tandy: Should be a regular on special teams.


K Kyle Brindza: Bucs took a gamble on this undrafted rookie.

P Jacob Schum: Beat out Michael Koenen for the punting job.

LS Andrew DePaola: A dependable long snapper.