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Bucs’ projected starting lineup doesn’t exactly excite this NFL writer’s Gregg Rosenthal: ‘The roster doesn’t look much better.’
Can defensive end Carl Nassib (94) help to provide a pass rush this season? [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Can defensive end Carl Nassib (94) help to provide a pass rush this season? [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 15, 2019
Updated May 15, 2019

It wasn’t exactly the red carpet premiere for Avengers: Endgame.’s Gregg Rosenthal got his first glimpse of the Bucs’ projected starting lineup for the 2019 season — okay, his thoughts on how the lineup might look — and let’s just say, he isn’t rushing to get his popcorn ready.

While he’s optimistic about new head coach Bruce Arians getting more out of quarterback Jameis Winston and likes linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White, there’s not a whole lot of star power after that.

“I’m less excited about the 2019 Bucs after performing this exercise," Rosenthal writes.

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Exchanging wide receivers Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson for Breshad Perriman isn’t exactly a win in Rosenthal’s book.

Running backs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are substandard, in his opinion.

The offensive line has been one of the league’s worst pass-blocking units the past few seasons.

There are talented tight ends, but Arians doesn’t typically throw to the tight end.

And, that’s just the offense.

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In the absence of injured Jason Pierre-Paul, the Bucs will have to lean on Carl Nassib, Noah Spence and Shaq Barrett to provide a pass rush.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s status remains up in the air.

And while the Bucs are swimming in cornerbacks, none have yet proven themselves.

But, hey, did he mention there’s a new coach?

“The Bucs are banking on the new coaching staff turning the ship around," Rosenthal writes, "because the roster doesn’t look much better.”

Check out Rosenthal’s projected starting lineup and read his full story here.

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  2. It sounds like Bucs coaches and the front office have had a change of heart on tight end O.J. Howard. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  3. Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Detroit. [PAUL SANCYA  |  AP]
  5. In this file photo, Bucs coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Jameis Winston walk off the field after a season-opening home loss to San Francisco. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. Florida State running back Cam Akers (3) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of last season's home opener against Boise State. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  7. He may look happy here, but Bradley Pinion seems pretty overjoyed (at least on social media) at the prospect of the team dumping this uni design. [Times]
  8. Kacey Reynolds announces that LSU linebacker Devin White has been selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bucs announced Sunday that Reynolds had died at age 20 after a three-year battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  9. Linebacker Shaquil Barrett's bet on himself is about to pay off, in Tampa Bay or elsewhere. [PAUL SANCYA  |  AP]
  10. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99),  during the first half of a game against the Chiefs on Jan. 12, 2020, took to Twitter to give his view of the owners' labor proposal: "A hard no." (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann) [REED HOFFMANN  |  AP]
  11. Monte Kiffin, shown here talking to safety John Lynch during a preseason game against the Jaguars on Aug. 16, 2002, this season will be the 14th inductee into the Bucs Ring of Honor. [WHITE, KEVIN  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  12. Washington quarterback Jacob Eason in action against Southern Cal in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) [ELAINE THOMPSON  |  AP]