This one’s for the bubble guys.
The blokes preventing for the roster lives. Tampa Bay Bucs starters are set, so Thursday night time’s preseason finale towards Washington is for the gamers who haven’t secured their spot on the group.
“Often the fourth recreation, they let the free agent guys, the youthful guys get extra reps,” rookie linebacker Riley Bullough stated. “So I feel that may occur and I feel we’re prepared.
“The large factor is we’re simply excited.”
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
TV: WFLA Channel eight
Anybody watching HBO’s Exhausting Knocks this season has witnessed Bullough’s pleasure. They’ve additionally seen his contributions on particular groups, which is the place he would wish to latch on with a deep linebackers corps.
The operating again place presents an fascinating dilemma for the Bucs since projected starter Doug Martin shall be serving a league suspension the primary three video games of the season. Accidents additionally have an effect on how workforce officers will tinker with the ultimate roster.
“[GM] Jason [Licht] and myself should be interested by not solely the very first recreation, however you’ve acquired to be considering long run as nicely and you must be interested by the forty six [players] that might be up on September 10,” head coach Dirk Koetter stated. “Yeah, it’s a bit of tough and it modifications day-after-day based mostly on you apply in the present day, you get a pair guys again, a pair different guys get nicked up and we’re enjoying a stay recreation Thursday night time, so once more it might change.”
Third-yr extensive receiver Adam Humphries can relate to the uncertainty. He was the place the bubble guys are in 2015, battling for the ultimate receiver spot on the depth chart. Humphries vividly remembers the fourth preseason recreation that yr.
“That was in all probability the most important recreation of my profession,” Humphries stated. “I keep in mind it prefer it was yesterday. I keep in mind each catch I had that recreation.”
Humphries has recommendation for the gamers placing all of it on the market on Thursday night time.
“Should you don’t make the staff right here, clearly there’s an opportunity you possibly can come again later within the yr or simply placing good movie on the market, perhaps you can also make one other workforce,” Humphries stated. “You’ll be able to’t actually give it some thought an excessive amount of.
“Simply go on the market and play soccer and have enjoyable.”