The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hoping to win their second of back-to-back Super Bowls last season but ultimately came up short. Even though ex-head coach Bruce Arians has since moved on, Tom Brady and co. have plenty of reasons to believe that they can compete for a Super Bowl in 2022.
After all the moves that the Buccaneers have made this offseason, they must eventually trim down their roster to ensure they're fielding the best team possible. Some players' dreams will come to an end, but it's just business at the end of the day.
Here are three Buccaneers players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season.
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1. Scotty Miller, WR
Scotty Miller impressed Buccaneers fans in 2020 when he showed promise by racking up 501 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (five starts). Unfortunately, he was a non-factor last season, finishing with only 38 yards on five catches in nine games without a start. The Buccaneers have since added more wideout depth this offseason, including the likes of Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman, the latter of which was with Tampa Bay in 2019. Unless Miller shows that his 2021 performance was a one-off, there may not be a spot for him on the 53-man roster.
2. Bradley Pinion, P
There's no way around it: Bradley Pinion's play is worse now than it was when he first joined the Buccaneers in 2019. The 28-year-old punter's 2,378 yards on 56 punts in 2021 were the fewest of his career. It also doesn't help that his touchback percentage on kickoffs has been dropping each year (90.7% in 2019, 85.0% in 2020, 79.8% in 2021). The Buccaneers signed 2022 fourth-round punter Jake Camarda on Wednesday, signaling that Pinion's time with the organization could be coming to an end.
3. Ryan Griffin, QB
Ryan Griffin has spent the last seven years with the Buccaneers, spending the majority of that time on the practice squad. The team re-signed him to a one-year deal back in March, but that doesn't mean he's going to make the 53-man roster. Not only is he far from a threat to Tom Brady's job as a starter, but he's even on the outside looking in for the backup position. Blaine Gabbert is seen as one of the best backup QBs in the league while sophomore Kyle Trask is someone the Bucs hope they can build around in the future. It won't be surprising at all if Griffin gets axed during training camp.
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