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Bucs will have up to six games against rookie quarterbacks

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Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton poses for photographs as he arrives for the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)


If the Glazers plan to spend money when the Bucs are poised to compete for the Super Bowl, now may be the time to break out the doubloons.

The team’s official website points out that up to six of the Buccaneers’ 16 games could be played against rookie quarterbacks.

Of course, this assumes that Christian Ponder will be starting for the Vikings in Week Two, that Colin Kaepernick will be starting for the 49ers in Week Five, that Jake Locker will be starting for the Titans in Week 12, that Cam Newton will be starting for the Panthers in Weeks 13 and 16, and that Blaine Gabbert will be starting for the Jaguars in Week 14.

Five of those same games will be played by the Falcons and Saints. The only difference is that, instead of the 49ers, the Falcons will play the Seahawks and the Saints will play the Rams.

The end result could be another season in which the NFC South produces three teams with 10 or more wins.