Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Offensive Preview – Jameis Winston MVP?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a huge step forward last season finishing 9-7 and just missing out on the playoffs. This season they poised to take the next step forward and clinch a playoff berth and make a run at a Super Bowl. Jameis Winston may be on the verge of being an elite quarterback now has one of the best group of receivers going forward. With that being said let’s look at how the offense will shape up this season.
The Bucs could easily have one of the most prolific offenses this upcoming season. You pair the emerging Winston, who has thrown for over 4000 yards each of his first two seasons, with one of the most underrated receivers in Mike Evans and you’re already deadly. But the Bucs wanted more. This offseason they added veteran DeSean Jackson in free agency and drafted Penn State stud Chris Goodwin, and big bodied tight end OJ Howard out of Alabama. It’s going to be tough for any defense to cover all the weapons on this Tampa Bay team. The 6’5” Evans looks to continue to improve and solidify himself as one of the best. In 2016 he had 96 catches, over 1,300 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. You now couple him with the speed of DeSean Jackson and the offense will be purring like a kitten.
On top of potentially having one of the best passing games in the NFL, the Bucs look to add a solid rushing attack with Doug Martin, and Jacquizz Rodgers. While not sounding like the best running back tandem in the NFL, they’re still capable of rushing for 1,000 yards and a handful of touchdowns. With how the passing game looks on paper that should leave plenty of holes for these running backs to get through and potentially break off for big gains. Martin looks to return to his 2015 form where he rushed for over 1,400 yards six touchdowns and was selected to the Pro-Bowl.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team that certainly intrigue me going into the 2017 season. They have the chance to be one of the best offenses in the NFL, or they could fall flat on their faces. That being said if I were a betting man, I’d put money on the Bucs offense being in the top five at the end of the regular season, while making a run in the playoffs.