Roster secrets unveiled: Bucs will keep 3 QBs, 4 safeties
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has been careful in how he's doled out morsels of information about even the makeup of Tampa Bay's 53-man roster, let alone who makes the cut, but he shared a little Monday in saying that the Bucs are likely to keep three quarterbacks with Ryan Griffin as a second backup.
"I think it's safe (to say) that we're probably going to keep three quarterbacks," Koetter said Monday. "We put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he's proving that he's capable of being a backup in this league. The second thing, obviously, it's not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract. Jameis (Winston) is our quarterback for the long haul, but we've got to have a 2, and those guys take so long to train ... I mean, we've invested a full year into (Griffin's) training. ... He's done a good job when he's on the field and we think he's got a chance to be here longterm."
Koetter also said the Bucs are "probably only going to keep four safeties unless something crazy happens," and despite Sunday's release of veteran Major Wright, the coach would not yet say that rookie Ryan Smith has made the team.
"Ryan's still got plenty of work to do, and it's not a guarantee that he's going to be here yet," Koetter said. "Major's another guy we hated to say goodbye (to). Major's played a lot of good football here. ... that was a decision that was made, like all decisions ... Jason (Licht) and I feel like are in the best interests of our team."
With starters likely held out of Thursday's game against the Redskins, Smith will have a chance to play much more than in the first three games -- he has one interception and one tackle in three games.
"It's a chance to show my ability and what I can do on the field," Smith said Monday. "Each day I get better. I go out there and have fun, with a mindset to dominate every play, no matter how many plays you get. Just execute and do your job."
Smith has gotten looks on kickoff returns -- he's fielded touchbacks on all but one of his kicks, a 19-yard return so far, but could get a shot Thursday.
"Hopefully they hang it up there a little bit this weekend, so I can get some opportunities," Smith said.