The Buccaneers have until 4pm ET Saturday to cut their roster down to 53 players. Here are some players I believe may be on their way out.
The 4th running back spot is between Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough. Barber is a strong inside runner. His work on special teams and solid play in the first 3 preseason games will likely have Hansbrough on the outside looking in.
Adam Humphries is a lock to clinch the slot receiver but also may be the man for the punt return jobs, especially with his big return against the Browns.
With Donteea Dye getting cut due to an injured hamstring, the kickoff return spot is wide open giving Kenny Bell and Bernard Reedy a shot to clinch that position. Evan Spencer performed well enough in camp but his knee injury may keep him from making the cut.
At the tight end position Danny Vitale and Brandon Myers battle for the 4th spot on the roster. Myers may have a hard time though due to Vitale’s special teams play as well as solid TE play.
The final spot on the defensive line comes down to Kourtnei Brown and Howard Jones. Brown is a solid player but Jones seems to offer more as a pure pass rusher. The Bucs defensive line has more depth than it’s had in years.
Injuries to Daryl Smith and Devonte Bond will likely mean that the Bucs will keep 7 linebackers instead of 6. Micah Awe has a strong cam points but it seems like he might also be on the outside looking in.
At the cornerback position, it’s looking like Johnthan Banks may miss the cut with Josh Robinson getting the nod instead. Adjei-Barimah’s ability to play outside and Nickle also gives him an edge. We’ll have to keep an eye in Verner as well if the team decides to go with Hargreaves and Grimes as the 2 starters.