Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position Depth Rankings: #8 - WR

From No. 11 to No. 1, we break down the deepest position groups on the Buccaneers' roster.

Pictures of the Buccaneers' wide receivers.

The Buccaneers definitely addressed this position aggressively during the offseason, so it might be a bit surprising to see receivers this far down the list. After all, there's a new starter in town in the extremely speedy DeSean Jackson, and there's also a potential long-term standout in third-round pick Chris Godwin. Jackson will definitely be a huge part of the Bucs' offense this year, and Godwin has looked good enough during offseason practices to suggest he could contribute as a rookie, too.

Jackson teams with Pro Bowler Mike Evans to give the Buccaneers one of the NFL's most dangerous starting duos, and Adam Humphries is back to reprise his role in the slot. Godwin could help out at all three positions, so the Bucs may be better suited to weather a receiver injury or two than they were the last couple years. Still, behind those four, it's not clear how the fifth and (possible) sixth spots will shake out.

With Russell Shepard leaving for Carolina in free agency, the Bucs' returning depth consists of Freddie Martino, Bernard Reedy, Josh Huff and Donteea Dye. All have shown flashes of potential – most recently Martino last year – but it would be a stretch to call any of them a sure thing. In fact, it would be difficult to know how to arrange them on a depth chart right now. CFL import Derel Walker, Evans's former teammate at Texas A&M, might be the most intriguing prospect on the back end of the depth chart, but he still must show he can be as impactful in the NFL as he was north of the border. The rest of the crew is filled out by undrafted free agents Thomas Sperbeck (Boise State) and Bobo Wilson (Florida State).

The Buccaneers most commonly keep four wide receivers active on game day, assuming none of those are up specifically to return kicks. The obvious prediction for those four would be Evans, Jackson, Humphries and Godwin. A team rarely makes it through the season without a couple receiver injuries, however, so the Bucs will be looking to identify some quality depth from among those other candidates.

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