TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster heading into the 2018 season (starters in bold):
Winston's three-week suspension to start the season doesn't count against the 53-man roster. Neither head coach Dirk Koetter nor general manager Jason Licht would commit to him as a starter in Week 4.
Barber will serve as the starter and line up in short-yardage situations, Jones will serve as the the backup and Rodgers as their third-down back. Wilson, who showed great hands in camp, is the future third-down back and can serve as the punt and kick returner.
Watson and Martino edged out Bernard Reedy, Bobo Wilson and Ervin Philips for the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots. Evans and Jackson will start on the outside with Humphries in the slot, but look for Godwin to get his share of snaps, too.
Howard is the Bucs' run-blocking and pass-catching tight end, and Brate serves primarily as a pass-catcher. Cross can handle both, as well as fullback duties.
The Bucs kept 10 offensive linemen because of injuries (they kept eight last season). Smith's status for Week 1 is still up in the air. Their starting right guard is still to-be-determined.
The Bucs have high expectations for an experienced unit led by McCoy and Pierre-Paul. Mitch Unrein missed the preseason because of a concussion and was put on injured reserve.
Beckwith will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. With Beckwith out, Taylor will serve as the starting strongside linebacker. Devante Bond and Riley Bullough, who both suffered foot injuries, have been placed on injured reserve.
Hargreaves will start on the outside opposite Grimes and will move inside during nickel situations. Johnson earned the fourth safety spot over Keith Tandy. Special teams captain Josh Robinson also was cut.
The Bucs signed veteran long-snapper Sanborn, completing this unit.