The Buccaneers' 53-Man roster.
The Buccaneers' regular season opener is just days away. With that, the team has released an updated depth chart. It is the Bucs' second depth chart that they've put out this season, and perhaps the most important. The players listed at the top of this depth chart will almost certainly be the starters against the Falcons, whereas the preliminary depth chart released during camp was more of a work in progress.
VIEW: UPDATED DEPTH CHART
There have been a few changes on the second depth chart, particularly at tight end and cornerback.
During training camp, Cameron Brate was listed as the Bucs' starting tight end, a decision that Head Coach Dirk Koetter said was based on Brate's performance during the spring and summer. Now that training camp has come to an end, Brate is no longer listed as the starter. Rather, he and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are listed as co-starters.
In a similar situation, Vernon Hargreaves has climbed his way up the depth chart and is now listed as a co-starter at cornerback alongside Alterraun Verner. Brent Grimes is listed as the Bucs' other starting cornerback. Hargreaves had an excellent rookie offseason, grading out as the league's top cornerback through the first three weeks of the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus.
At center, Joe Hawley has won the starting job outright. He was listed as a co-starter with Evan Smith on the Bucs' first depth chart but currently sits alone at the top. Smith is listed as the backup at both center and right guard.
The Buccaneers have two players listed as potential kickoff returners: Adam Humphries and Ryan Smith. And with the departure of Jake Schum, Bryan Anger will take over the holding responsibilities on field goal attempts.
To view the Buccaneers' complete depth chart, click HERE.