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Bucs' Offensive Depth Chart Has Pending QB Decision

Tampa Bay's first depth chart of 2023 notes Kyle Trask and Baker Mayfield as co-starters and has interesting second-line listings at wide receiver and running back


The 2023 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the NFL's best receiving duos, an exciting new starter in the backfield and an offensive line that has been revamped from side to side. What they don't have yet is a decision as to who will be the starting quarterback.

The Buccaneers will play their 2023 preseason opener on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium, and that requires a little bit of clerical work. The NFL requires a depth chart before the first game of the year, so even as positional battles rage on in training camp fans are treated to a first look at how the roster is shaking out.

Just take it with a grain of salt. There is a long way to go.

The Buccaneers will eventually choose a starting quarterback between Kyle Trask and Baker Mayfield. As of now, they are listed as co-starters on the first depth chart. The move of Tristan Wirfs from right to left tackle highlights a new-look O-Line. Running back Rachaad White is stepping into a much bigger role in his second year. Click here to review in full the Bucs' first depth chart of 2023. Below are the listed offensive starters:

  • WR: Mike Evans
  • WR: Chris Godwin
  • LT: Tristan Wirfs
  • LG: Matt Feiler
  • C: Ryan Jensen
  • RG: Cody Mauch
  • RT: Luke Goedeke
  • TE: Cade Otton
  • WR: Russell Gage
  • QB: Baker Mayfield/Kyle Trask
  • RB: Rachaad White

And here's a breakdown by position:

Quarterback – The Bucs really had no other option but to list Mayfield and Trask as equals on the starting line of the depth chart. Choosing one or the other to list first would suggest that there is a current leader in the clubhouse. From all reports, that's not the case, and the upcoming preseason games are going to be critical in determining the final decision. Wolford has impressed in a reserve role and could prompt the Bucs to keep three passers on the 53-man roster.

Running Back – White has been anointed for some time now as the "RB1," but there is a lot to be sorted out for the rest of the offensive backfield. There likely is not much meaning to sixth-year veteran Chase Edmonds landing in the second spot behind White and before returning fourth-year man Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Buccaneers coaches have spoken highly of both reserve backs throughout the first two weeks of training camp, and there appears to be room for both to contribute in the Bucs' backfield. The current coaching staff has generally kept four backs on the 53-man roster, so there's plenty for Sean Tucker, Patrick Laird and Ronnie Brown to fight for in the weeks ahead.

Wide Receiver – The Bucs list three starting receivers on their 11-man offensive depth chart, so Russell Gage joins Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the front line. That makes the next column on the depth chart particularly interesting: rookie sixth-rounder Trey Palmer is second behind Godwin, camp sensation Deven Thompkins is second behind Gage and late-offseason addition David Palmer is second behind Godwin. The Bucs have a total of 11 receivers on the current roster, and with the likes of Rakim Jarrett, Kade Warner and Ryan Miller making noise, this part of the depth chart is far from decided.

Tight End – The "veteran" duo of Cade Otton and Ko Kieft – both 2022 draft picks – occupies the first two lines of this part of the depth chart. That is a bit misleading in that the Bucs' new offensive scheme under Offensive Coordinator Dave Canales is likely to utilize more two-TE sets, which means the distinction between a "starting" third receiver or second tight end is going to be blurred. Still, it is worth noting that veteran journeyman David Wells has landed in the third spot on the list.

Offensive Line – There is a lot still to be decided as to which eight or nine lineman make the 53-man roster, but there are no surprises on the first released depth chart. Second-round rookie Cody Mauch appears to be settling in at right guard and veteran free agent acquisition is getting all the first-team activity at left guard. Robert Hainsey is listed as the second center – which is at the moment a starting role until Pro Bowler Ryan Jensen returns to full-scale participation – but he has competition from Nick Leverett, who is noted as the second-team right guard. Justin Skule and Brandon Walton are the two second-team offensive tackles; one is likely to emerge as the game-day swing tackle.

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