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We’re formally within the first week of the 2020 NFL season. The Chiefs and Texans will get issues kicked off in only a few days, and the remainder of the league will comply with just a few days after that. After all, meaning we’re getting the primary official depth charts of the 12 months. 

On Monday, the Buccaneers launched their first depth chart, and it had each Rob Gronkowsi and O.J. Howard listed as starters at tight finish, with the Bucs working in 12 personnel. (In personnel packages, the primary quantity refers back to the variety of operating backs on the sector and the second quantity is the variety of tight ends. So, 12 personnel simply means one operating again and two tight ends.)

Gronk clearly has a variety of familiarity with Tom Brady from their time collectively in New England, however he additionally didn’t play in any respect final season, misplaced a ton of weight throughout his 12 months away and needed to put it again on to get again into soccer form, and was not on the peak of his powers for many of 2019, both. Howard has lengthy been a tantalizing prospect, however he has but to place issues collectively on the sector and final season was arguably his least efficient but. 

Nonetheless, Brady loves using tight ends over the center of the sector, so there ought to be a job on this offense for each gamers. Gronkowski’s talent as a blocker also needs to assist Tristan Wirfs’ transition to the NFL, as they’ll use among the best blocking tight ends of all time to assist him in move safety and within the run sport occasionally. 

And it is not like Brady does not produce other passing-game choices elsewhere on the roster. If they’re in 12 personnel as their base, the Bucs will nonetheless have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for Brady to throw to on the surface. After they transition to three- and four-receiver appears, Scotty Miller, Justin Watson, and/or Tyler Johnson will come into the combo. 


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