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08:00 AM ET 08.31 | Try telling Rudy Carpenter preseason doesn't matter. As the third quarterback on a team that may only keep two quarterbacks this coming season, the preseason means everything to Carpenter and a lot of other players just like him. "This is our livelihood, so it really is a big deal for us," Carpenter said. ... With Josh Freeman locked in as the starter and Josh Johnson the likely backup, Carpenter may be expendable. This despite the possibility the Bucs face of losing Johnson to free agency next season. "It is definitely an option to keep three (quarterbacks)," coach Raheem Morris said. "But I know (with) a lot of people the new wave is going with maybe just two."

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August 31, 2011  08:01 AM ET

???I may not be a smart man, but I know what I like???

August 31, 2011  08:06 AM ET

The new CBA changed the third-QB rule, and D-linemen keep getting bigger, faster and meaner. Add those up, and why wouldn't you want a third QB on the roster?

August 31, 2011  08:09 AM ET

They are in a lot of trouble.

August 31, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Along season ahead for the Bucs.

August 31, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The new CBA changed the third-QB rule, and D-linemen keep getting bigger, faster and meaner. Add those up, and why wouldn't you want a third QB on the roster?

Agreed....Seems rather reckless not to carry 3.

August 31, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Look out for Tampa Bay...



I can easily see two wild card teams coming out of the NFC South.

Carolina ain't one of them.

August 31, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Wow, this QB situation makes Denver look like they have Brees, Brady, and Manning (the smarter older one, not the dumber younger more delusional one).

August 31, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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Look out for Tampa Bay... I can easily see two wild card teams coming out of the NFC South. Carolina ain't one of them.

Just as easily, I could see two wild card teams coming from the NFC North. Minnesota ain't one of them.

August 31, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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Just as easily, I could see two wild card teams coming from the NFC North. Minnesota ain't one of them.

There is definitely no wild card team coming out of the NFC East.

August 31, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Why would you not keep 3 QBs on the roster, Raheem, google Byron Leftwich

August 31, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Don't sleep on Tampa...they nearly missed a playoff berth last season and this is a young team.

August 31, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There is definitely no wild card team coming out of the NFC East.

And once again, "By Rule," as Ed Hochuli would say, we are required to have a playoff team from the NFC West.

August 31, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There is definitely no wild card team coming out of the NFC East.

We have a consensus...

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August 31, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Along season ahead for the Bucs.

Shhh! Don't tell Buc fans they only beat one team with a winning record last year. They think that losers schedule was the norm and they are really goooood.

August 31, 2011  10:14 AM ET
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Tampa went 10-6 last year. If not for the 7-9 division winner must go to the playoffs Seahawks, they would have been in the playoffs.

Exactly. They lost to a Stafford-less Lions team by a FG. If not for that, they Bucs are in and the Pack would not be SB champs.

August 31, 2011  10:24 AM ET
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Tampa went 10-6 last year. If not for the 7-9 division winner must go to the playoffs Seahawks, they would have been in the playoffs.

they beat ONE bloody team with a winning record! That last place schedule makes you think you are better than you are. Ask the Dolphins the year they go 1-15 then use that schedule to win 10 games the next year.
the NFL WANTS fans to think their team is almost there. the schedule is designed to make it possible.

August 31, 2011  10:34 AM ET
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they beat ONE bloody team with a winning record! That last place schedule makes you think you are better than you are. Ask the Dolphins the year they go 1-15 then use that schedule to win 10 games the next year.the NFL WANTS fans to think their team is almost there. the schedule is designed to make it possible.

I hear ya and I don't disagree. Let me put it this way, there are teams getting in and teams that won't. The third category is teams "in the mix" and I believe Bucs belong here.

August 31, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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NFL WANTS fans to think their team is almost there. the schedule is designed to make it possible.

For another example, look at last season's Kansas City Chiefs. Their record looks great, especially early in the season, but they couldn't beat anybody good. And, as one would expect with that kind of season, they only appeared in one playoff game.

 
August 31, 2011  10:49 AM ET
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I hear ya and I don't disagree. Let me put it this way, there are teams getting in and teams that won't. The third category is teams "in the mix" and I believe Bucs belong here.

But it does not matter . Third in your own division gets you nowhere.

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