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Rookie Rachaad White listed as Leonard Fournette’s backup on Bucs’ depth chart

Luke Goedeke is the only rookie listed among the offensive and defensive starters.
Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White (29) warms up during the final week of training camp Aug 25 at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White (29) warms up during the final week of training camp Aug 25 at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Sep. 6

Rookie tailback Rachaad White, who has minced no words about his intention to reach the summit of the Bucs’ depth chart, evidently is one ankle sprain shy of it.

The team’s third-round pick is listed as the No. 2 back behind veteran Leonard Fournette on the unofficial depth chart released Tuesday. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, entering his third season, is No. 3, followed by 30-year-old veteran Giovani Bernard.

“My mindset, I’m not going to be a backup,” White said early in training camp. “My mindset is, I can only get better one percent every day. My goal is to be a starter, but I’m also pushing ‘Lenny’ and other guys around me to get better. ‘Sneak’ (Vaughn) and Gio (Bernard) — we’re all pushing each other.”

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Elsewhere, second-round draftee Luke Goedeke, whom coach Todd Bowles confirmed Monday has won the starting job at left guard, is one of only two rookies on the first team, joining punter Jake Camarda. Veteran Cameron Brate is listed as the starting tight end ahead of two-time Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph, with rookie Cade Otton No. 3.

For now, Julio Jones — the NFL’s active leader in receiving yards (13,330) — is listed as the backup to Mike Evans, with Evans, Chris Godwin and offseason acquisition Russell Gage the receivers. Godwin, however, said Tuesday he’s still uncertain if he’ll play in Sunday night’s season opener against the Cowboys.

Defensively, lineman Logan Hall — the team’s first draft choice this past spring — is listed as William Gholston’s backup. As Bowles confirmed Monday, Jamel Dean is the starting cornerback opposite Carlton Davis, with Sean Murphy-Bunting and rookie Zyon McCollum the backups.

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