Sunday, September 1, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Key Additions

RB Jeff Demps, RB/FB Brian Leonard, WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Tom Crabtree, G/T Gabe Carimi, DE George Selvie, CB Darrelle Revis, S Dashon Goldson, K Nate Kaeding, P Chas Henry, CB Johnthan Banks (draft), QB Mike Glennon (draft), DT Akeem Spence (draft), DE William Gholston (draft)

Key Losses

RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Arrelious Benn, TE Dallas Clark, OT Jeremy Trueblood, DE Michael Bennett, DT Roy Miller, OLB Quincy Black, CB E.J. Biggers, CB Brandon McDonald, CB/S Ronde Barber

Team Analysis

The Bucs have a slightly larger wins range because Josh Freeman is just such a volatile stock. He reminds me a bit of former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick : can shred up a defense when he's on a hot streak, but can be hard to watch for the majority of the year when he is on a cold streak. This is Freeman's last year to prove he can be a good quarterback the majority of the season, because plenty of capable replacements can be found in next years' draft class. The organization already displayed their lack of faith in Freeman by drafting Mike Glennon. I'm sure they'd be willing to pull the trigger on a possible franchise QB in next years' draft. The rest of the team is definitely much improved, especially the secondary which is now their defensive strength instead of the reliability. However, it really does all come down to Freeman's production. They have an outside shot at a Wild Card spot if he can show some significant progression.

Projected Wins

6-9

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