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Bucs: Lovie Smith puts little stock in current depth chart

Bucs coach Lovie Smith puts little stock in the initial preseason depth chart.


Bucs coach Lovie Smith puts little stock in the initial preseason depth chart.

Depth perception

The Bucs unveiled their first depth chart of the preseason Tuesday, but coach Lovie Smith essentially encouraged fans and media members to 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 receiver, and second-rounder Austin Seferian-Jenkins was listed as the No. 4 tight end. Second-year CB Johnthan Banks, who has worked with the first defense all camp, was listed behind veteran Mike Jenkins.

"It motivates me, but that don't bother me at all," Banks said after practice. "I'll get my chance."

"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."

See the 90-player depth chart, from top to bottom, on the Times' Bucs blog at

Tough ticket

Secondary ticket site released its average sales prices for the upcoming season, and the Bucs have the NFL's third-worst road ticket value, 19 percent less than opponents' overall average.

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

The Jaguars edge the Cardinals for the lowest road ticket 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 Smith's return to Chicago, averaging $398.

Room to improve

The Bucs, who haven't played the Jaguars in the preseason since 2010, have dropped six of the past seven preseason meetings. In nine preseason games with the Jags, the Bucs have never scored more than 24 points.

Greg Auman and Matt Baker, Times staff writers

Training camp

When: Through Aug. 14

Where: One Buc Place

Public workouts

Sunday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Monday: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 12: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 14: 2-4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Tickets:, (813) 870-2700

Note: Times subject to change. For the latest updates, see

Preseason schedule

Friday: at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: vs. Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *

Aug. 23: at Bills, 4:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 28: vs. Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *

* Subject to blackout

Bucs: Lovie Smith puts little stock in current depth chart 08/05/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:05pm]
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