3 Buccaneers Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Job in the 2020 NFL Season

By michael obermuller
Ronald Jones II is amongst the players fighting for their starting job this preseason.
Ronald Jones II is amongst the players fighting for their starting job this preseason. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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One franchise that has undergone dynamic change in 2020 has been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Everyone already knows about Tom Brady replacing Jameis Winston and Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement to join his former teammate, but those decisions have already been made.

These three camp battles could also produce changes to the depth chart in Tampa.

3. Joe Haeg, RT

Joe Haeg's bid at a starting job will have to wait after the franchise was able to land Tristan Wirfs.
Joe Haeg's bid at a starting job will have to wait after the franchise was able to land Tristan Wirfs. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Bucs brought in Joe Haeg from the Indianapolis Colts to battle for the starting job at right tackle. That battle was short-lived however when Tristan Wirfs fell to Tampa Bay in the first round. Donovan Smith actually had a redeeming season on the left side last year, so the expectation is that Wirfs and Smith will bookend the line in September in some combination, which could mean reserve duties for Haeg.

2. Justin Evans, FS

Justin Evans injury last season could cost him his job in this one.
Justin Evans injury last season could cost him his job in this one. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Justin Evans did not play last year, he spent the season on the IR with an Achilles injury. As of now, Evans is expected to return alongside second-year strong safety Mike Edwards. The latter won his job in 2019 and performed decently. One of the two will not start in 2020, with playmaking second round draft pick Antoine Winfield Jr. bursting onto the scene. Achilles injuries are never easy to come back from in sports and with Winfield Jr. now in the picture Evans could end up on the outside looking in.

1. Ronald Jones II, RB

Ronald Jones will have real competition at running back in 2020.
Ronald Jones will have real competition at running back in 2020. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

After the Bucs drafted running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn in the third round of this year's NFL Draft, it became no secret that Ronald Jones II had less job security than was eluded to by the front office this offseason. Jones had a better Sophomore campaign than his horrendous rookie one, but there were still tense moments (like when Bruce Arians benched him for missing blitzers in pass protection). The NFL is a two-RB league now for the most part, and there's almost no doubt that both backs will play in 2020, but given his draft position you have to figure Vaughn has a leg up.


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