Coach Jon Gruden said today he would start Chris Simms, of course, but then would go to Tim Rattay (left) and, later, rookie Bruce Gradkowski.
There was some speculation that Gradkowski has risen above Rattay in Gruden's QB rotation. While that might still happen, tomorrow's quarterback depth chart is probably a result of Gradkowski still not having learned the offense completely. Rattay, who has been here nearly a year, knows it well. This way, Gradkowski can ease his way in and play against mostly third-string competition in his first NFL action.
It'll also be interesting to see what Rattay has to offer. After all, with his midseason acquisition last season, he never has played here in the preseason. So, to most in the Bay area, he remains a secret. This will be our first peek and alot of people -- the Bucs coaches among -- are curious.
In other news, looks like receiver Michael Clayton has a green light to play against New York. Rookie right tackle Jeremy Trueblood will get the start in place of Kenyatta Walker (knee) who is expected to return to practice on Sunday.
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