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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Our projection on Bucs' final roster cuts



The Bucs had 80 men on the roster coming out of Thursday’s preseason finale but must reduce their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by today at 4 p.m. We thought we should take a stab at formulating a mock roster, and it proved particularly difficult.

There are a couple of unconventional decisions, like keeping seven receivers -- more than most teams. Anyhow, here are our projections on what the final roster could look like.

Quarterback (2)
Locks: Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson.
Gone: Jonathan Crompton.
On bubble: Rudy Carpenter

Running back/fullback (5)
Locks: LeGarrette Blount, Earnest Graham, Kregg Lumpkin, Erik Lorig.
Gone: Armando Allen, Nick Reveiz
On bubble: Allen Bradford, Mosis Madu.

Receiver (7)
Locks: Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Dezmon Briscoe, Sammie Stroughter.
Gone: Maurice Price
On bubble: Preston Parker, Micheal Spurlock, Ed Gant

Tight ends (3)
Locks: Kellen Winslow, Luke Stocker.
Gone: Ryan Purvis.
On bubble: Daniel Hardy, Nathan Overbay.

Offensive line (9)
Locks: LT Donald Penn, LG Ted Larsen, C Jeff Faine, RG Davin Joseph, RT
Jeremy Trueblood, C-G Jeremy Zuttah, T James Lee, T Derek Hardman.
Gone: C Marc Dile, C Matt Allen, G Thomas Claiborne
On bubble: T Demar Dotson, G Derek Hardman, T Will Barker

Defensive line (9)
Locks: DE Michael Bennett, DE Da’Quan Bowers, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Frank Okam, DT Roy Miller, DT Brian Price, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Tim Crowder
Gone: Kyle Moore, John McCargo, Alex Magee
On bubble: George Johnson, Al Woods

Linebackers (6)
Locks: Quincy Black, Mason Foster, Geno Hayes, Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson
Gone: Tyrone McKenzie, Brandon Heath
On bubble: Derrell Smith, Simoni Lawrence

Defensive backs (9)
Locks: CB Aqib Talib, CB Myron Lewis, CB Ronde Barber, CB E.J. Biggers, SS Sean Jones, FS Cody Grimm, S Corey Lynch, CB Anthony Gaitor.
Gone: S Devin Holland, S Dominique Harris.
On bubble: CB Elbert Mack, S Larry Asante, S Ahmad Black, CB D.J. Johnson.

Specialists (3)
Locks: P Michael Koenen, K Connor Barth
Gone: K Jacob Rogers.
On bubble: LS Christian Yount.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 9:18pm]


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