Bucs on the Bubble: Evan Smith

In our series of discussing the Bucs veterans who may be on the roster bubble, today we talk about OG Evan Smith.

Reason to Keep:
Versatility is one of the most key traits for backup offensive linemen in the NFL. With rosters limited on game-day, having offensive linemen that can fill in at multiple positions allows a team to make more players at other positions active. Evan Smith has proven to show value in his experience and versatility to play both guard and center.

Reason to Cut:
The Bucs are seemingly building some nice depth along their offensive line with young players the coaching staff is developing. Players like Ben Gottschalk, Caleb Benenoch, and Kevin Pamphile will be names to watch this training camp when focused on backup offensive linemen for the Bucs. Another note worth watching is that the Bucs have given center reps to Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile this off-season. With center being Evan Smith's strongest position, perhaps this is a bad sign for Smith.

Final Outcome:
I think the Bucs are a year away from their young offensive linemen being ready to take on a serious backup role on game-day. Smith is a veteran with plenty of experience, which will help if he is force to fill in for a starter. Plus, Smith's $2.5 million cap number in 2016 is actually very favorable. Now, in 2017 when his cap number jumps to $4.5 million, that'll be a different story.

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