Bucs coach Lovie Smith warned fans not to put too much stock into the depth chart released for Tampa Bay’s first preseason game three weeks ago.
He’s not saying that anymore.
The depth chart takes on more meaning with each passing week, and the one released today for Saturday’s game against Buffalo included changes that could prove permanent.
The most notable was at right guard, where second-year pro Patrick Omameh is the starter ahead of Jamon Meredith. Also noteworthy is Solomon Patton’s place atop the list of punt and kick returners.
“It’s based a lot on what happened last week, as much as anything,’’ Smith said. “We’ve been taking a look at a lot of different guys, and the ones that made something happen get another look.’’
Based on offseason workouts, the Bucs expected rookie guard Kadeem Edwards to push for a starting job. Edwards hasn’t quite played up to expectations, though.
“He’s made progress, but not as much as we would like,’’ Smith said of the fifth-round draft pick. “It may be just the volume of things we’ve given him. You know, all of that kind of adds up on a rookie.’’
Just what they need
Buffalo ranked second in the NFL behind Carolina last year with 57 sacks. That’s makes them a perfect match for the Bucs’ offensive line as it prepares for the Sept. 7 opener against the Panthers.
“You need to go through a team like this to see exactly where you are,’’ Smith said. “So, for us to make the progress we need before we face Carolina, we need to see a team like this.’’
Quote of the day
“It’s always a little bit awkward going into a game without really game planning that much or watching a lot of film. So, it’s going to be good to actually scheme a team and see what they’re running.’’
— MLB Mason Foster, on the difference between the first two preseason games and the third
Aug. 8: Jaguars 16, Bucs 10
Aug. 16: Dolphins 20, Bucs 14
Sat.: at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 28: vs. Wash., 7:30 p.m.