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Let's take a look at the offense



Now that we've said our piece about the potential defensive depth chart, let's turn to the offense.

Again, we have no idea what might transpire between now and training camp. The roster is still a work-in-progress. So, please don't hold me to this beyond, say, today.

Anyway, here goes:

QB: Jeff Garcia

RB: Earnest Graham

FB: B.J. Askew

LT: Luke Petitgout

Arron Sears

Jeff Faine

Davin Joseph

Jeremy Trueblood

Alex Smith

WR: Joey Galloway

Michael Clayton

I struggled with two positions in particular: left tackle and the No. 2 receiver. At left tackle, Donald Penn was surprisingly solid last season after Petitgout went down with that season-ending knee injury. It's hard to ask any more of the guy. But IF Petitgout is completely recovered and performs well in camp, I can't see how they would keep him on the bench. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think so, especially considering the Bucs have far more money invested in him.

At receiver, I know I'm going to catch a lot of hell for this choice. But here's my rationale: Ike Hilliard is getting older. Even he will admit that. And we all agree the Bucs need a more dynamic playmaker at that spot. Clayton, if given the chance, has an opportunity to be that guy. He, of course, has to make good on that opportunity. That's up to him. But I get the sense he might at least get the chance this season. I'm basing this on conversations with people in the know and a general sense I get. Of course, this may be a moot point if the Bucs address the position in the draft or if new acquisition Antonio Bryant proves to be a valuable asset, but we can only stick with what we know at the moment. Remember, Bryant hasn't played since 2006. We've got no clue what he'll look like right out of the gate.

You might take some issue with running back, too, but here's my two cents there: I think it will be a by-committee approach, with Gruden going with the hot hand. But I think Graham will get the call early in games, and then things will go from there.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:59pm]


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