With enormous expectations, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could cut these five players.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enter the 2020 NFL season with their highest expectations in over a decade. They have brought in Tom Brady to replace Jameis Winston at quarterback and this immediately injected momentum for the franchise.
The team seemingly had a positive 2020 draft and are full steam ahead towards the regular season. There are not too many holes left to fill on the roster and there will be a fight for a few different positions especially at the back end of the roster.
These five players may not make the 2020 roster once final cuts are made.
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5. T.J. Logan, RB
T.J. Logan will be entering his third NFL season and his second with the Buccaneers. He primarily played special teams in 2019 and had a role as a primary kick and punt returner for the team. On offense Logan only logged 23 snaps with very little production.
With the recent additions of draft picks Ke’Shawn Vaughn and more specifically Raymond Calais, Logan could be the odd man out. Calais has return capability while Vaughn will be looked on to help in the passing game and provide big-play potential.
4. Bradley Pinion, P
Although the Buccaneers just signed Bradley Pinion in the 2019 offseason, they could look to move on from him before the kickoff of 2020. Pinion carries a $2.7 million cap number and his results last season were a bit underwhelming.
He ranked 29th in yards per punt in 2019 and his punts inside the 20 were ranked very low as well. He does also handle kickoff duties which may be enough to save his roster spot.
3. Kendell Beckwith, LB
Kendell Beckwith showed real promise during his 2017 rookie season when he started nine games and tallied 73 tackles. He showed an ability to play all over the field as a linebacker and the team had high hopes for him. However, Beckwith finished the last two seasons on injured reserve without playing a snap.
He was not drafted by the current coaching regime and he suffered a potential career-altering ankle injury last offseason. The fact the injury was suffered as a passenger in a car accident probably is not helping his case for the coaching staff to hope he comes around and gives him a spot on this roster.
2. William Gholston, DL
William Gholston has played his entire career with the Buccaneers and has been with the team since 2013. He has been solid thus far in his career, but he has mainly been a rotational player. Last season Gholston played in 44 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.
It is possible if the coaching staff feels they have one or two younger players who can not only match Gholston’s production and workload but also have more potential, they could take a risk and let Gholston go before the end of training camp.
1. Dare Ogunbowale, RB
Dare Ogunbowale emerged as a bit of a coaching favorite last season, but his production was not ideal for a team now looking to make a Super Bowl run. Although he has the trust of Bruce Arians in a passing down role, if Ke’Shawn Vaughn can establish himself quickly in training camp and if the team sees more out of Ronald Jones II, Ogunbowale could find himself on the outside looking in.
If Raymond Calais shows an ability to at least contribute on special teams and perhaps some trick plays, it is possible that T.J. Logan and Ogunbowale may be competing with each other for a final running back spot on the roster.