It’s debatable how accurate or informational the unofficial depth charts released before preseason games are.
For instance, the Patriots depth chart sent out in their game release differs quite drastically from the one adjusted a day later online. (Fred Taylor fell from 2nd string to third, Torry Holt moved up, Brandon Tate moved down. Laurence Maroney was a starter both times.)
With that preamble out of the way, the depth charts can be used to make statements to veterans. The Bucs statement about Michael Clayton is that they are sorry.
They are sorry gave him the single most inexcusable contract of the last two years, and look ready to move on. Clayton was listed in the “other” category behind the top three units, next to guys that have virtually no chance to make the team.
The Bucs also confirmed that rookie fourth-round pick Mike Williams has emerged as a starting wideout, while second-round receiver Arrelious Benn sits with the third team.
No. 3 overall pick Gerald McCoy is also already a starter, but his second round defensive tackle teammate Brian Price still has work to do to get with the starting unit.