Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs roundtable: Which position is now thinnest?

Cornerback Brent Grimes has that gruesome "laceration."

Tackle Demar Dotson has a groin injury

Reserve QB Ryan Griffin's shoulder is sprained.

And that's through two preseason games. So we asked the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team: At what positions have the Bucs shown a concerning lack of depth in preseason?

Their answers:

Greg Auman, @gregauman

For me, it's at tackle and cornerback, with very little experience behind the starters. We've seen Grimes and Dotson, two of the Bucs' oldest starters, already sidelined with injuries, and Tampa Bay would be relying on largely unproven players as their replacements.

Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you

Ryan Fitzpatrick has a preason QB rating of 27.1 and Ryan Griffin is hurt. If Winston gets hurt, the Bucs will have to pray the Bears are willing to give Mike Glennon back. Maybe they will be.

Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud

Offensive tackle. And it's an issue already. Dotson's groin strain isn't the type of injury that heals fast. Caleb Bennenoch struggles in pass protection. They most likely will need to move Kevin Pamphile to right tackle and play Evan Smith at left guard. That disrupts two positions and both players are better at guard and center, respectively. All their depth on the offense line is in the interior positions.

Martin Fennelly, @martyjfennelly

Easy. Offensive tackle and cornerback. This season teeters on tackles Dotson and Donovan Smith staying upright to keep Jameis Winston upright. When Dotson went down with an injury, Bucs fan should have held their breath. Likewise when Grimes lacerated his leg that day in practice. The Bucs are thin, too thin, at these spots.

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