TAMPA — Saying it was sure to change at several positions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith warned fans not to put too much stock into the depth chart the team released a month ago at the start of the preseason.
For those who chose to ignore Smith’s warning, there is a slight payoff today.
The Bucs on Tuesday released their first official depth chart of the regular season and, for the most part, it looks like the one released a few days into training camp.
The most notable difference is at guard, where second-year pro Patrick Omameh won the starting right guard job after pushing Jamon Meredith down the depth chart and eventually off the team. Omameh appears in line to make his first pro start for Tampa Bay on Sunday against Carolina.
Six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins, acquired from New England in a trade last week, is at left guard.
Two other notable changes are at the return positions, where running back Bobby Rainey is listed as the first punt returner and wide receiver Chris Owusu as the kick returner.
Owusu was originally listed as a starter at wide receiver ahead of first-round draft pick Mike Evans, but Evans claimed the first spot a couple weeks ago.
Here is the full depth chart:
BUCS DEPTH CHART
QB – Josh McCown, Mike Glennon
RB – Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Charles Sims, Mike James
FB – Jorvorskie Lane
LT – Anthony Collins, Kevin Pamphile
LG – Logan Mankins, Kadeem Edwards
C – Evan Dietrich-Smith, Garrett Gilkey
RG – Patrick Omameh, Rishaw Johnson
RT – Demar Dotson, Oniel Cousins
TE – Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Luke Stocker
WR – Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphy, Robert Herron
WR – Mike Evans, Chris Owusu, Russell Shepard
LE – Adrian Clayborn, William Gholston, Scott Solomon
DT – Gerald McCoy, Da’Quan Bowers
DT – Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence
RE – Michael Johnson, Steven Means
SLB – Jonathan Casillas, Danny Lansanah
MLB – Mason Foster, Dane Fletcher
WLB – Lavonte David, Danny Lansanah
CB – Alterraun Verner, Rashaan Melvin
CB – Mike Jenkisn, Johnthan Banks
NCB – Leonard Johnson, Quinton Pointer
SS – Mark Barron, Bradley McDougald
FS – Dashon Goldson, Keith Tandy
P – Micheal Koenen, Patrick Murray
PK – Patrick Murray, Michael Koenen
KO – Michael Koenen, Patrick Murray
H – Michael Koenen, Mike Glennon
LS – Andrew DePaola, Dane Fletcher
PR – Bobby Rainey
KR – Chris Owusu, Mike James, Bobby Rainey