2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Starters, Roster, & Players: 5-11 (4th in NFC South), Coach: Dirk Koetter, ProBowl: Evans I’ve always believed that a strong offensive line can mask many problems that a team may have. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. "Sometimes he can be having a heck of a game and he may only have five or six hits," said Duffner of David. After running through the offense first (here are our breakdowns for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and the offensive line), we started on the defense last week, beginning up front with a wildly redesigned defensive line. And while David had three games with double-digit tackles, which the Bucs have seen many times through the years, he also had two games in which he had just three stops and two others with only six. At the very least, we know those two units will be different in 2018. Vote below, The Buccaneers used more four-wide receiver sets in Las Vegas than they had in the first six weeks, and could possibly turn to that option as a way to get Mike Evans more open space, Data Crunch: Though the battle will wage on, at the moment Tom Brady is ahead of Drew Brees in the all-time touchdown pass raceâ¦Plus, the Bucs have consecutive wins of 25 or more points for the first time, © TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. For the first time in his six NFL seasons, however, David did not record a single sack, nor did Alexander. "These guys have been really productive players, they've been run-pluggers, if you will, and gap-stuffers," said Linebackers Coach Mark Duffner of such defensive line additions as Jason Pierre-Paul, Beau Allen, Vinny Curry, Vita Vea and Mitch Unrein. Played basketball since I was five and football for two years in high school. The Bucs' main starting trio of Alexander, Beckwith and David did account for 22 tackles for loss, eight quarterback pressures, seven passes defensed and seven forced fumbles, so they did make a significant impact. Cichy was a productive linebacker with some pass-rushing ability at Wisconsin before missing his entire senior season due to a knee injury. Explore the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers player roster for the current football season. Alexander has emerged as an emotional leader on the Bucs' defense and he likely has more Pro Bowl visits in his future. “This was his first day doing that, and we’re just trying to create some competition with him and Caleb at right guard, We’re rotating a lot of guys with different groups, so don’t read too much into that right now.”. The Buccaneers drafted him in the third round in 2017 despite the fact that he had suffered a torn ACL in November of his final year at LSU. There are a couple new faces and names that fans should definitely get familiar with. Let's see what we learned. Key Question: When will Kendell Beckwith return? As it is, there are only two real newcomers among the Bucs' current group of linebackers: Cichy, the sixth-round pick, and Salmon, the local product who starred at Samford and then impressed on a tryout contract during Tampa Bay's rookie mini-camp. The Buccaneers' prize signing on offense was center Ryan Jensen. Ware had 125 carries for 825 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season at USC in 2018. "He's got the ability to play a couple of positions at linebacker â he's more of an outside-linebacker guy â and then he's been a real productive four-core special-teamer. What do you guys think of both our new-look lines?#GoBucs pic.twitter.com/ymZbEXMFcD In 2017, he finished as the 13th highest guard with an 84.5 rating. Beckwith is that "pleasant rookie surprise" mentioned above, so there is no pending contract issue for him. Been a Buccaneers fan my entire life and seen all the ups and downs. "Bond who was playing well, was starting to come along last year. Share on Facebook. Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster for the 2018 NFL season. 2020 Professor Jam, Spotlight: Best AWAY-GAME In-Enemy Territory Tailgater, Spotlight: Professional Tailgate Packages, Gasparilla Invasion, Parade & Pirate Fest, Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago Night Parade, 2017/04/27 2017 NFL DRAFT Viewing & Party, 2017/02/05 NFL Super Bowl Viewing & Party, Facebook - The Krewe of Pewter Pirates Fan Page is launched BuccaneersFan Facebook CLICK HERE, 3526 W. Doctor M.L.K. "Everything that we hear from our trainers is that he is on schedule and he is doing well," said Duffner. I like to think of myself as an amateur scout. Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster for the 2018 NFL season. NFL Team Roster & Salary Cap Manager. Even with the surprising amount of production provided by Beckwith as a rookie, and some good relief work from Taylor, those absences gave the Bucs' defense far less to work with when it came to generating big plays. [NUMO.NEWSLETTER: SUBSCRIBE BOX(require=captcha)], [NUMO.BLOG: DISPLAY(id=2&style=short&length=40&max_display=10&show_author=0)], [NUMO.BLOG: DISPLAY(id=3&style=short&length=40&max_display=10&show_author=0)]. There could be some guys out there in this year's draft too. "He's been very good in the classroom. The Buccaneers took down their second-straight top 10 offense on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. This Buccaneers offensive line should be much improved overall which can only mean good things. Use this tool to modify the selected team in its current state. Last season alone Smith saw playing time at every single interior line position. Benenoch started five games at right tackle but the Bucs think highly enough of him to keep him around. Notable 2017 Numbers:** The most significant number for the Bucs' linebackers, in particular, last season was seven. General manager Jason Licht made the trenches his top priority and the offensive line definitely improved. "Any time a defense has a line up front that's productive, you would hope the linebackers would correspond with that. "Jack Cichy coming in as a rookie, so far I've been impressed with first, his awareness as a player," said Duffner. In the offseason he had another surgery on his knee, but has been cleared for training camp is expected to step right back into his normal spot. The eventual result will have an impact on the final roster cut before the start of the regular season. As Tampa Bay's offseason workout program nears its completion, we are taking a new position-by-position look at how the 90-man roster will stack up for the start of training camp in late July. Jensen was the anchor of a Raven line that allowed the seventh-fewest sacks and helped produce the 11th best rushing attack. The right guard spot is the one up for grabs. “We’ve invested a couple of years in Caleb, and Caleb’s played a lot of different positions on the offensive line. If that new-look D-Line is as productive and as stout as anticipated, life will be considerably easier for Alexander, David and company. He played in all 16 games, made nine starts and was the team's fourth-leading tackler. He was the only defender in the entire NFL who both forced five fumbles and recovered five fumbles. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Tampa Bay Buccaneers players listed alphabetically or numerically. There is depth, too, which was demonstrated last year when both of those Pro Bowl performers, Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, missed significant time due to injury. Obviously, the Buccaneers are hoping that Beckwith is full-go in Week One, as the potential starting trio of him Alexander and David would likely be among the best in the entire NFL. The BuccaneersFan.com© is a Fanatical Fan web site. Gerald McCoy v. Ryan Jensen | Beau Allen v. Ali Marpet. Tampa Bay's starting trio of linebackers features two Pro Bowlers still very much in their prime and another young player that was an extremely pleasant surprise as a rookie. The Bucs turned a tight contest into a blowout Sunday in Las Vegas with a lot of incredible individual performancesâ¦Who deserves the Game Ball? "He's in every meeting, he's just following through the rehab program that they've put together for him, prescribed for him and so far, everything is going so far as planned.". 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers starters, 53-man roster, schedule prediction Mike Evans and the Bucs open up the 2018 regular season on Sept. 9 at New Orleans. New to writing about the NFL team but I write about college football at theSportsQuotient.com. "Cameron's a very versatile player," said Duffner. That situation, in particular, complicates the linebacker competition in training camp, because Beckwith would be the presumptive starter on the strong side if he is healthy.