NFL Team Preview- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach–  Dirk Koetter
  • Offensive Coordinator– Todd Monken
  • Defensive Coordinator- Mike Smith
  • Special Teams– Nate Kaczor

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship- 50/1
  • Super Bowl- 65/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 6

Odds courtesy of MyBookie as of July 29, 2018.

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 2
  • 2015- 6
  • 2016- 9
  • 2017- 5

The Offense

Quarterbacks:

Jameis Winston is their man. With him comes tons of baggage. He has an 18-27 career quarterback record in the NFL and this year things must improve. There just isn’t chemistry from the top down. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the backup for Buccaneers.

Running Backs:

Doug Martin was the primary ball handling until he just couldn’t get it done. Peyton Barber and played well. Rookie Ronald Jones II from USC will be given ample opportunities to take the job.

Receivers:

Mike Evans has good hands and garnered his fourth 1,000-yard season in a row. Chris Goodwin made his rookie season a good one as he averaged 15.4 yards per catch. Desean Jackson, the grizzled veteran, was a major disappointment and showed no cohesiveness with Winston.

Offensive Linemen:

Ryan Jensen was gotten from the Ravens and he will help tons along with Ali Marpet moving to the front. Left tackle Donovan Smith returns for another season. He hasn’t missed a game in three years.

The Defense

Defensive Linemen:

This unit was weak and only executed 22 sacks. Added for this year are Vinny Curry and Beau Allen to solidify the group. Mitch Unrein comes over from the Bears and Pro-Bowler Gerald McCoy will return for another terrific year.

Linebackers:

The defensive leader of this team starts with Kwon Alexander. He brings toughness and intensity that permeates the entire unit. Lavonte David will man the weak side.

Secondary:

Brent Grimes was the best they had to offer. The Buccaneers went to the NFL draft and nabbed M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis. Vernon Hargreaves will move back to the slot and rookie Jordan Whitehead will be vying for a safety position.

Special Teams

Robert Aguayo was taken in the second round in hopes he can become a dependable kicker. Bryan Anger is back after a good season as the punter and Drew Ferris is the long snapper.

The Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 9-  at Miami 7 p.m.
August 16- at Tennessee 8 p.m.
August 24- Detroit 8 p.m.
August 30- Jacksonville 7:30 p.m.

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Eastern time)

Sept. 9 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 30 at Chicago Bears 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 7 BYE
Oct. 14 at Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 21 vs. Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 4 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 11 vs. Washington Redskins 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 at New York Giants 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 2 vs. Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 9 vs. New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 16 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 23 at Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 30 vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)

Other Information

Owners- Bryan, Ed, and Joel Glazer

General Manager- Jason Licht

Phone- 813-870-2700

Website-www.buccaneers.com

Stadium- Raymond James Stadium

Capacity- 65,655

Surface- Grass

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