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Even Lovie warns 'don't put much' into depth chart



The Bucs unveiled their first depth chart of the preseason Tuesday, but even Lovie Smith was careful to encourage fans and writers alike to essentially disregard it.

"Don't put too much into the depth chart," said Smith, saying it's mandated by the league and won't mean much until at least Friday's preseason opener at Jacksonville.

Rookies were devalued across the board -- top pick Mike Evans was listed as second-string, and second-rounder Austin Seferian-Jenkins was listed as the No. 4 tight end. Even second-year pro Johnthan Banks, who's worked with the first defense all camp, was listed behind veteran Mike Jenkins.

"You shouldn't see any rookies (starting)," Smith said. "We have some rookies that are pretty impressive, but you don't change the depth chart until you really see them in live action."

The entire depth chart -- all 90 players from top to bottom -- can be seen here.

TOUGH TICKET: Secondary ticket site released its average sales prices for the upcoming season, and the Bucs have the third-worst road ticket value in the league, with seats going for 19 percent less than opponents' overall average.

The average ticket sold on the site for Bucs home games has been $134, the sixth-lowest total in the league. The Bears are atop the list at $428, while the Bills are last at $123.

The only teams who draw lower values on the road than the Bucs? The Jaguars edge the Cardinals for the lowest in the league -- the 49ers are best, with seats selling for 44 percent above their opponents' home average.

The highest-selling Bucs home game is against the Packers, averaging $188, while the toughest road ticket is Lovie Smith's return to Chicago, averaging $398.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: The Bucs haven't played the Jaguars in the preseason since 2010, but have dropped six of their last seven preseason meetings with Jacksonville. In nine all-time preseason games with the Jags, the Bucs have never scored more than 24 points.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 8:18pm]


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