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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs on the bubble: which players still have fighting chance to make the roster?



The Bucs are preparing to play their final preseason game Friday night against Houston. Trust us: It won't be a landmark event.

It will be a contest filled with players you have never heard of, but it will be the chance of a lifetime for the guys on the field. A good performance can mean the difference between being living a dream and being unemployed in a stagnant economy.

So, who are some of the guys who will be under the most scrutiny? Let's take a look at some of the players truly on the bubble:

CB Kyle Arrington: The Bucs like this young prospect but he has competition from the likes of seventh-round pick E.J. Biggers and Torrie Cox. This position has a lot of candidates fighting for just a few spots.

FB Jameel Cook: He is a very capable fullback and has filled in nicely when starter B.J. Askew has been hurt, but the Bucs very much want to keep their four top running backs,and the fullback has a less prominent role in this new offense. That leaves Cook exposed if the Bucs decide to risk keeping just one at the position.

CB Torrie Cox: This is a guy who has survived everything from his trio of season-ending knee injuries to a couple of DUI arrests. But the Bucs have a couple of young players who are providing a stiff challenge to Cox for the fourth or fifth cornerback spots. He hasn't performed well during the preseason, something that might make this decision easier.

DE Louis Holmes: He has notched a couple of sacks this preseason but it's still unclear how many defensive lineman the team will keep. The top four ends appear to be set in stone and Holmes isn't one of them.

LB Niko Koutouvides: The linebacking corps is a bit thin, but Koutouvides has still not managed to distinguish himself much. He was acquired early in free agency with special teams in mind, but it's hard to say whether he is valuable enough in the kicking game to have a singular role.

LB Matt McCoy: His chances of making the roster got better with Jermaine Phillips' move back to saffety last week. That reduced the depth at linebacker. McCoy was with the Bucs last season and got limited playing time in a few big games, but he also was exposed a bit in those contests.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:39pm]


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