Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
- NFC South
- Raymond James Stadium
- Head Coach
- Todd Bowles
- Offensive Coordinator
- Byron Leftwich
- Defensive Coordinator
- Kacy Rodgers & Larry Foote
- Special Teams Coach
- Keith Armstrong
- Defensive Scheme
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie tight end Cade Otton (ankle), who is expected to be done with his recovery from an ankle injury for the start of training camp, could become the team's No. 1 tight end over Cameron Brate now that Rob Gronkowski has retired. Otton is already considered an above-average and willing blocker, so there's potential for him to be the TE that the Buc keep on the field the most. Most draft analysts didn't think his college pass-catching numbers reflected his true potential due to injuries and weak quarterback play at Washington. It's also worth noting that before the arrival of Gronk, TEs weren't heavily featured in Bruce Arians' passing attack. Arians isn't the head coach anymore, but Byron Leftwich remains the offensive coordinator. Brate remains the best fantasy target at the position in Tampa, for now, as a touchdown-dependent TE2 with upside.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has more passing yards and touchdown passes since he turned 40 than he did in his 20s. In his 20s, Brady had 21,564 passing yards and 147 touchdowns, while he has 22,938 passing yards and 168 TD passes in his 40s. He played 94 games in his 20s, while he's only played 81 games so far in his 40s. Brady will turn 45 during training camp this year after leading the NFL in pass attempts (719), completions (485), yards (5,316) and touchdown passes (43) at 44 years old in 2021. All of those marks were career-highs for him except for the TD passes. He's the oldest player ever to lead the league in passing yards or TD passes. We could go on with impressive career statistics from Brady, but you get the picture. He's not slowing down and will once again be a strong QB1 target in fantasy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert is viewed by head coach Todd Bowles as a "security blanket." Although Gabbert and Kyle Trask are expected to battle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Tom Brady during training camp, it appears the former has the clear edge. The veteran, who inked a deal this offseason to return to Tampa, hasn't lived up to expectations since entering the league in 2011. However, with Brady potentially calling it a career (again) after this season, there could be a slight chance Gabbert may get some consideration to start for the Bucs moving ahead. That won't do anything for his draft stock heading into 2022-23. Yet, it may make him a stash option in dynasty formats.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) has done well in his recovery and rehab from a torn ACL, but the team refuses to say when they expect him back, and The Athletic's Greg Auman wouldn't be surprised if Godwin opened the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If that happens, Godwin would miss the first six weeks of the season, and Russell Gage would be the clear No 2. pass-catcher behind Mike Evans. Tampa has made a big investment in Godwin long term, so the priority will be to get him back to 100% rather than getting him back quickly. Because of the uncertainty around Godwin's availability to open the season, he's become a risky WR3 in fantasy drafts. Meanwhile, Gage's stock is rising as an upside WR4/flex.
There will be a competition between Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickers Ryan Succop, the incumbent, and second-year man Jose Borregales in training camp and the preseason. Succop went 25-for-30 on his field-goal attempts and made 56 of his 59 extra-point tries for Tampa last year in the regular season to finish as the No. 10 kicker in terms of fantasy points. He was productive in fantasy because of Tampa's explosive offense, but he made just 83.3% of his field goals, and the team is high on Borregales. The 35-year-old Succop could still hold off Borregales this summer and in the preseason, and whoever wins the job entering the regular season will have value in fantasy leagues with quarterback Tom Brady back for another season.