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TAMPA BAY NUMBER 5 ROSTER make my head spin

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With everyone waiting out the dead period right now, it’s only right for rankings of all sorts to come out and help us pass the time. ESPN came together alongside Pro Football Focus to create roster rankings based on the PFF player rating system. Using a collaboration of 2019 player rankings along with career ratings via PFF for each player, a comprehensive outlook as to what each roster currently has and how they stack up to each other were created.

At the top of the list are some familiar faces. The Baltimore Ravens took the cake as the top dogs in the NFL which is no surprise given the tremendous job the front office there does year to year in acquiring and keeping talent in house. Tampa Bay’s divisional foe came in at second, the New Orleans Saints. It’s no surprise here that Drew Brees to Michael Thomas is the teams biggest strength with Andrus Peat, who just signed a new long term deal, is listed as the biggest weakness. Receiver addition Emmanuel Sanders is the team’s X-Factor given the additional target could spread out the wealth and lower the production of Thomas who was given an other-worldly amount of opportunities in 2019.

Enough of the Saints though, we’re all here to read about the Buccaneers, so let’s jump into it. Coming in at No. 5 in the top 32 rosters, your Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Biggest Strength

It’s no shock after watching this young receiver explode last year, seeing him as the teams biggest strength. Chris Godwin leads the way for Tampa Bay alongside Mike Evans with newly acquired quarterback, Tom Brady. ESPN and PFF believe Tom Brady will be spoiled in Tampa given what he has dealt with for receiving options in New England. The targets will be a plenty for sure with these two receivers being just the tip of the iceberg in Tampa.

Biggest Weakness

No shock here unless you expected the offensive line to take the cake for biggest weakness, which is a viable point for sure. For ESPN and PFF though, the safety position is the teams biggest weakness. Of note, the lack of consistent high end play is their main concern to go along with the youth the team has at the position. Antoine Winfield Jr. is their expected starter of the group that includes notables such as Jordan Whitehead and Justin Evans but the fact remains, none of these guys have played at a high level for an extended period of time. In fact, there isn’t a safety on the current roster that has sustained a 70 grade via PFF for a season.

X-Factor

Rob Gronkowski. You had to know this was coming right? Gronk is the ultimate “what-if” on this roster at the moment. Even in a down year back in 2018, Gronkowski was still a force to be reckoned with. How healthy Gronkowski is and can stay in 2020 will play a major role in how dominant this offense can potentially be.

So what say you Buccaneer fans, is this a top 5 roster in the NFL. Seems crazy to think this given recent history but times sure are changing.

Poll

Do the 2020 Buccaneers have a top 5 NFL roster?

  • Absolutely
  • It’s close
  • Ehh...
  • Not a chance

Wow, just... WOW. Man I love to do some NFL football reading but I'm blown away with this report ranking, jeezz...

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The Bucs were solid last year and were one qb and one less interception away from calling last season and improvement.

Their downside is their new hall of fame qb is going to fade as the season progresses. That head coach likes to throw the ball a lot

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I've always been a firm believer that Bill is the real goat at his position. Tom is a great QB and I've got mad respect for him but imagine Ryan in his position. He would AT LEAST done just as well if not better.

 

TL;DR: Sucs are overrated and will underpreform. It will be up to the Aints or us to take advantage.

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46 minutes ago, EuroFalcon said:

I've always been a firm believer that Bill is the real goat at his position. Tom is a great QB and I've got mad respect for him but imagine Ryan in his position. He would AT LEAST done just as well if not better.

 

TL;DR: Sucs are overrated and will underpreform. It will be up to the Aints or us to take advantage.

Silly.

Brady and Belichick can both be great and are.

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The Bucs have a strong defense.  It will be tough to move the ball against them. 

The upgrade at QB is obvious, but what about their OL?  I really don't know, but I hear that it could be their weakness.  

If Tom Brady does not get the level of protection that he is accustomed to have, will he be anywhere as effective as he has been?  I doubt Tom would have moved to TB if he thought the OL was not up to par.

We shall see.  

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9 hours ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

Brady has thrown 29 INT’s since 2016 while Winston tossed 30 last year.  A Bucs Offense that doesn’t turn the ball over will be scary 

Lowering the turnovers will be a plus, but Brady also cannot push the ball down the field like a Winston. Winston made many great throws too. Having Brady will have pluses and minuses to that offense. But limiting turnovers is a huge plus and should outweigh the physical limitations he has vs Winston.

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15 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

So yall really think Arians isn't going to tweak the play calling to fit Bradys strengths at this point? Gonna be in for a surprise 

Yep...

Giardi added that a source told him that Brady is “in complete command” of the practices with his new teammates, and he referred to Brady as the team’s “pied piper” during the offseason. An “energized” Brady is apparently calling plays, orchestrating the offense, and is seemingly already an expert (and craftsman) of the Bucs’ revamped offense.”

“The way (Brady) runs our workouts is like a practice. Instead of just telling us run a dig or something like that, he’s telling us the full play call. He’s doing his cadence as if we were in a game. He’s making adjustments, doing the hots and sights. With a guy like him, it’s really easy”  said Bucs running back Dare Ogunbowale.

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Posted (edited)

No doubt it’ll be tweaked for the GOAT it’d be stupid not to. The question is will the OL hold up and do they have a top tier RB if so TB will score lots of points but the same holds true for the Falcons. This is where going into the season the Saints have both unless they have preseason injuries. 
Let’s hope Gurley is the old Gurley and half that battle’s won

Edited by Atl Falcon

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18 hours ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

Their front seven will be scarier. Shaq, JPP, Suh, Vita, Lavonte and Devin? Nasty.

They gave our offense so many problems.  If not for Winston they probably would have won both games. They are scary, people sleep on the bucs all the time.  That linebacker group has more speed than ours has.

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