Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fire the Cannons for 2020 Training Camp
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have a new culture and other interesting stuff this season. Tampa Bay has not made it to the playoffs since the 2007 regular season and the 2008 postseason. The Buccaneers lost to the New York Giants that year.
In 2002, Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXVII) against the Oakland Raiders by a score of 48-21 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope they can hoist the Lombardi Trophy in their own stadium this season. They play at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday, February 7th.
This is a win-now team in a very tough NFC South Division. There are the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. However, I don’t think Tampa Bay will have to worry about the Carolina Panthers that much. What will the Buccaneers roster like this season though?
Tom Brady will be the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed a two-year deal worth $60 million in the offseason. General Manager Jason Licht knows him from his days with the New England Patriots. Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and he hopes win ring number seven without Bill Belichick. He was his head coach for all of these years.
Tom Brady is a beast despite his numbers dropping last season. He is the heart and soul of this football team. Brady is looking to prove something this season.
Jameis Winston left the team in free agency this offseason for the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal. Winston was the number one overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Florida State in 2015.
Ronald Jones II and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn will compete for the Bucs starting running back spot on the roster. Vaughn was the 76th overall pick (third-round selection) out of Vanderbilt University. Dare Ogunbowale, rookie Raymond Calais, T.J. Logan, and Aca’Cedric Ware will compete for the final two spots on the roster though. Running back is by far the weak link on the roster offensively though.
Chris Godwin and Mike Evans will be the top wide receivers in the NFL. It may be the best receiving tandem in the NFL. Justin Watson, rookie Tyler Johnson, Scott Miller, and Spencer Schnell will most likely be the other wide receivers on the roster.
O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski will be the two starting tight ends on the Buccaneers roster. I could see Head Coach Bruce Arians going with a lot of two tight end sets this season. Gronkowski was acquired in a trade this offseason from the New England Patriots. Rob Gronkowski is still the best tight end in the league and maybe the greatest to ever play the position.
Donovan Smith will be the starting left tackle, Ali Marpet will be the starting left guard, Ryan Jensen will be the starting center, Alex Cappa will be the starting right guard, and rookie Tristan Wirfs will be the starting right tackle.
Wirfs was the 13th overall pick of the NFL Draft (first-round selection) out of The University of Iowa. I thought Tristan Wirfs was going to be the first offensive lineman off the board at number four to the New York Giants.
Instead, they took offensive tackle Andrew Thomas from The University of Georgia though.
Brad Seaton, Zack Bailey, rookie Zach Shackelford, Aaron Stinnie, Joe Haeg, Anthony Fabiano, and rookie John Molcohn will be some of the backups competing for the offensive line positions on the roster also though.
This team plays a 3-4 scheme under Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles. Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea, and William Gholston will be the starters on the defensive line. Patrick O’Connor, rookie Khalil Davis, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, rookie Nasir Player, Jeremiah Ledbetter, and rookie Benning Potoa’e will compete for some backup spots on the defensive line.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett will be the starting outside linebackers. Devin White and Lavonte David will be the starting inside linebackers. Khazin Daniels, Anthony Nelson, Quinton Bell, and rookie Cam Gill will compete for the backup outside linebacker spots on the roster. Jack Cichy, Kendall Beckwith, Kevin Minter, and rookies Chapelle Russell, and Michael Divinity Jr., and Noah Dawkins will compete for some roster spots in the inside linebacker department on this roster though.
Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting will be the starting cornerbacks. This is a very underrated starting cornerback group duo though. The other cornerbacks on this roster could potentially be Jamel Dean, M.J. Stewart, Ryan Smith, Herb Miller, John Franklin III, Deiondre Hall, rookie Parnell Motley, and Mazzi Wilkins. They will compete for the third, fourth, and fifth spots on this roster at the cornerback position though.
Bradley Pinion will be the punter.
Matt Gay and Elliott Fry will compete for the kicking job. It is an interesting spot on the roster though.
Zach Triner will be the long snapper.
Justin Watson and John Franklin III will be the punt returners.
Dare Ogunbowale and Ronald Jones II will be the kickoff returners.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have high expectations this season. They will begin the season on the road on Sunday, September 13th against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
Their home opener will be on Sunday, September 20th against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, at 1:05 p.m. Eastern on FOX.
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