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Projected 2015 starters: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Buccaneers Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Jameis Winston DE Jacquies Smith
  RB Charles Sims DT Gerald McCoy
  WR1 Mike Evans DT Clinton McDonald
  WR2 Vincent Jackson DE George Johnson
  WR3 Louis Murphy OLB Lavonte David
  TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins MLB Bruce Carter
  LT Donovan Smith OLB Danny Lansanah
  LG Logan Mankins CB1 Alterraun Verner
  C Evan Dietrich-Smith CB2 Johnthan Banks
  RG Ali Marpet S Chris Conte
  RT Demar Dotson S Bradley McDougald

» Yes, Jameis Winston has a great starting duo to work with at wide receiver. But this offense is crazy thin after that. The team's third best skill position player is ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins? The third receiver battle will come down to Louis Murphy and rookie fifth-round pick Kenny Bell. Woo.

» The running back depth chart is among the worst in football. We thought Charles Sims looked stiff last season, but the second year player is the slight favorite to start this season. The coaching staff talks him up, while Doug Martin's future with the team is uncertain. The Bucs should add another veteran at some point.

» Two rookies are projected to start on Tampa's offensive line. Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet will play a huge role in determining whether Winston has a good rookie season.

» The Bucs are relatively deep at defensive tackle. But this remains a talent-poor roster in many spots, especially defensive end. The team's top pass rusher is probably Jacquies Smith. William Gholston, former Lion George Johnson, and Larry English are all fighting for snaps. We gave Johnson the nod.

» Safety also looks very weak. Chris Conte was a problem in Chicago and it's not great when Bradley McDougald is the team's most promising player at the position.

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