The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a splash this offseason landing key playmakers like defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry, center Ryan Jense, defensive tackle Beau Allen and kicker Chandler Catanzaro through free agency. They also added a plethora of weapons in Vita Vea, Ronald Jones II, M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis through the draft. As a result, the Bucs received an A for their offseason moves by CBS Sports.
“Ultimately, any success the Bucs have will come down to quarterback Jameis Winston,” CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson wrote. “In 2017, he set career highs in completion (63.8), yards per attempt (7.9) and passer rating (92.2), and ranked 11th in total value among all quarterbacks, just behind Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith. But Tampa’s 11th-rated offense couldn’t overcome the league’s worst defense, hence the 5-11 record. But with Winston, an upgraded running game, and downfield playmakers DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, the Bucs could be one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season.”
Last season, the Bucs’ defense was among their biggest concerns after finishing dead last in the NFL with just 22 sacks and struggling to generate an effective pass-rush. The good news, however, is that the Bucs addressed the defense heavily this offseason as well as every other position that was a concern heading into their 2018 campaign. Now all that’s left is for the Buccaneers to start executing. If they can do that, then the future is certainly bright for this team and they really should have no issues at all notching a playoff berth.
Source: Bonnie Mott | BucsWire