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No big surprises on Tampa Bay Bucs' first depth chart

TAMPA — Though it's only a preliminary glimpse, the Bucs released their first depth chart of the preseason Tuesday, as required by the NFL.

The chart had no huge revelations, but it did confirm much of what has been seen in training camp, such as the emergence of rookie WR Mike Williams.

Williams is listed as the No. 1 receiver. He is joined as a starter by Maurice Stovall, who has been sharing reps with Sammie Stroughter at flanker. Reggie Brown (split end) and Stroughter (flanker) are listed as second-team receivers, with rookie Arrelious Benn listed as the No. 3 flanker.

One very interesting note was the placement of veteran Michael Clayton, who was listed as the No. 4 flanker behind Stovall, Stroughter and Benn.

LG Jeremy Zuttah remains listed as the starter despite veteran Keydrick Vincent coming on strong and apparently taking the lead at the position. But that's not unusual. Incumbent starters tend to be listed as such on the initial depth chart.

On defense, the Bucs have wasted no time in confirming that Gerald McCoy will be a starting defensive tackle, and Roy Miller is listed as a starter alongside him.

SS Sabby Piscitelli remains listed as a starter, though he is locked in a battle with free agent signee Sean Jones and faces an uphill climb after struggling last season.

Rookie Dekoda Watson, from Florida State, is listed as the second-teamer behind Quincy Black at strong-side linebacker, and rookie Myron Lewis is listed as the second-string left cornerback behind Aqib Talib and ahead of E.J. Biggers.

INJURY UPDATE: Among the players who missed practice were Talib (groin), Lewis (hamstring), LB Barrett Ruud (groin) and DT Brian Price (hamstring).

Coach Raheem Morris said Ruud and Talib are day to day and will be given rest to heal. They might be unavailable to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Dolphins.

Lewis is expected to be held out against Miami because he has not practiced regularly.

"He's missed a lot of time," Morris said. "He's been here, but he hasn't practiced. There's a little more concern there than I would be about Price. But he's day to day, so hopefully we can get him out there."

Price hasn't been ruled out for the game and probably has a chance to play if he gets back to practice in the next couple of days.

ROSTER MOVES: The Bucs made a pair of roster moves, signing S Vince Anderson and claiming TE Martin Rucker off waivers from the Eagles.

DE George Johnson was waived and WR Mario Urrutia was released to make space on the roster.

Rucker, the brother of former Carolina DE Mike Rucker, is a player Morris has eyed since he was a collegian at Missouri. It was there that Rucker had a banner day against Kansas State in 2006, when Morris was the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.

"He diced us that day," Morris said.

Tight end has been a position that has been a bit thin during camp, but Morris said both moves were made because the club has had genuine interest in both players.

"I don't know if either one of those guys was necessarily a need," he said. "It more or less was about us liking those playing coming out (of college)."

No big surprises on Tampa Bay Bucs' first depth chart 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:12pm]
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