Bucs hold out 25 players in preseason finale vs. Redskins
As expected, the Bucs are holding out nearly all their established starters and key contributors from Wednesday night's rainy preseason finale against the Redskins, with 25 players not playing, most as healthy scratches.
On offense, those sitting out are QB Jameis Winston, RBs Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Mike James; WRs Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Adam Humphries; TEs Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker; and the starting offensive line of Donovan Smith, Kevin Pamphile, Joe Hawley, Ali Marpet and Demar Dotson.
On defense, those sitting out are DE Robert Ayers, DTs Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald; LBs Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Daryl Smith and Devante Bond; CBs Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes and safeties Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald.
Who's left that's actually playing? The biggest names are QB Mike Glennon, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OL Evan Smith and OT Gosder Cherilus on offense, with DEs Will Gholston, Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith, DT Akeem Spence, CBs Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks and S Keith Tandy on defense.
Bubble players who benefit the most? Rookie Peyton Barber is one of only two running backs dressed, rookie linebackers Luke Rhodes and Micah Awe are among five linebackers dressed, and rookie Ryan Smith is one of four safeties dressed.
In all, the Bucs have 50 players at their disposal, which is four more than a regular-season Sunday. The Redskins held out 26 players, with many not making the trip from Washington at all.