The first game of the preseason is always preceded by the first depth chart of the season, and the most interesting thing about the depth chart the Buccaneers released this week centered on WR Michael Clayton.
Coming off the worst statistical season of his career, the former first-round draft pick is listed as one of the team's "other" receivers in a group that includes two undrafted rookies and an undrafted second-year pro.
Clayton, who was re-signed to a five-year, $24 million contract before last season, is behind at least six players on the depth chart, but he says his bubble status doesn't come as any surprise to him.
"They let me know coming in what it was," Clayton said Wednesday. "And it's not like I haven't been in this position before. I had to climb from being sixth on the depth chart once, so I know how to handle it."