The Buccaneers have their bye week this week, so we thought this would be an ideal time to fully evaluate the Bucs current roster after 5 games. We will discuss each player at each position at length and provide you positives and negatives with their play through 5 games this season.
Positives: Before his injury, Seferian-Jenkins was starting to establish himself as a legit playmaker at tight end. The confidence that Jameis Winston was showing in him was evident, and Winston struggled to find that safety blanket once Seferian-Jenkins went down.
Negatives: Durability is starting to become an issue with ASJ. He was injured as a rookie and has already missed a few games this year. If you aren't on the field, it's tough to help the team.
Future: If he can find a way to stay healthy, I believe Seferian-Jenkins can become one of the top tight ends in football.
Positives: Myers is just a solid all-around tight end who is an excellent backup on this team.
Negatives: I think even Myers himself would tell you he's not going to "wow" anyone. You probably won't get a devastating block or big time pass play out of him.
Future: I'm a big fan of Myers and I really like the role he has on this team. I'm hoping he sticks around for a while.
Positives: Stocker is the Bucs big blocking tight end. He has continued to improve as a blocker and could be a key to any Bucs success in the 2nd half of this season because the Bucs will need to run the ball.
Negatives: Stocker does not offer much in the pass game. He has also dealt with durability issues.
Future: Every team needs a blocking tight end. Stocker is a very good fit for the Bucs, but he needs to stay healthy.
Positives: Brate reminds me of a young Brandon Myers who can be good all-around.
Negatives: Brate will not "wow" you in any department.
Future: My guess is that Brate gets released once ASJ and Stocker come back from injury, but he'll likely land right back on the Bucs practice squad.