TAMPA — In preparation for their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released their first depth chart of the season.
It contains at least a couple of surprises.
The most notable is probably at cornerback, where veteran Mike Jenkins is listed at the top along with fellow projected starter Alterraun Verner but ahead of second-year pro Johnthan Banks.
Banks, the Bucs’ first pick in the 2013 draft, started all 16 games as a rookie last year, but he has mostly been playing behind Jenkins during training camp workouts at One Buc Place.
Another surprise is up front on defense, where 2011 second-round draft pick Da’Quan Bowers is now listed as a defensive tackle instead of a defensive end, which is the position he was drafted to play.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith has lauded Bowers for his work in camp so far and said his ability to play inside as well as outside could aid the Bucs as they attempt to improve their pass rush.
Another possible surprise is at running back, where Bobby Rainey is listed as the top backup behind projected starter Doug Martin, and rookie Charles Sims is rated ahead of second-year pro Mike James.
Also, at the kicker position, Connor Barth is listed as the team’s kickoff man. That spot has been handled in the past by punter Mike Koenen but Barth said earlier in camp he may add those duties this year.
BUCS 2014 DEPTH CHART
QB – Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Mike Kafka, Alex Tanney
RB – Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, Mike James, Jeff Demps
FB – Jorvorskie Lane, Lonnie Pryor, Ian Thompson
LT – Anthony Collins, Kevin Pamphile, J.B. Shugarts
LG – Oneil Cousins, Kadeem Edwards, Josh Allen
C – Evan Dietrich-Smith, Jace Daniels, Jason Foster, Andrew Miller
RG – Jamon Meredith, Patrick Omameh, Andrew Miller
RT – Demar Dotson, Matt Patchan
TE – Brandon Myers, Tim Wright, Luke Stocker, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Cameron Brate
WR – Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphy, Tommy Streeter, Robert Herron, Skye Dawson, Solomon Patton
WR – Chris Owusu, Mike Evans, Eric Page, Lavelle Hawkins, Russell Shepard
LE – Adrian Clayborn, William Gholston, Chaz Sutton
DT – Gerald McCoy, Da’Quan Bowers, Ron Talley, Euclid Cummings
DT – Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence, Matthew Masifilo, Jibreel Black
RE – Michael Johnson, Steven Means, Scott Solomon
SLB – Jonathan Casillas, Ka’Lial Glaud, Nate Askew
MLB – Mason Foster, Dane Fletcher, Damaso Munoz
WLB – Lavonte David, Danny Lansanah, Brandon Magee
CB – Alterraun Verner, Rashaan Melvin, Danny Gorrer, Kip Edwards
CB – Mike Jenkins, Johnthan Banks, Deveron Carr, Keith Lewis, Anthony Gaitor
NKL – Leonard Johnson, Quinton Pointer,
SS – Dashon Goldson, Keith Tandy, Kelcie McCray, Mark Joyce
FS – Mark Barron, Major Wright, Bradley McDougald, Mycal Swaim
K – Connor Barth, Patrick Murray
P – Michael Koenen
KR – Michael Smith
KO – Connor Barth, Patrick Murray
H - Mike Koennen
LS – Jeremy Cain, Andrew DePaola
PR – Eric Page, Bobby Rainey, Robert Herron, Skye Dawson
KR – Eric Page, Jeff Demps, Mike James