When Bruce Arians was hired, he proclaimed, “we’re not rebuilding–we’re reloading”. Halfway through and a 2-6 record, did they go about it wrong?
According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, the Bucs are looking at QB’s, who could potentially replace Jameis Winston if Tampa (or even Jameis) decides, it’s time to move on.
Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, and LSU’s Joe Burrow are all intriguing names to watch. Along with them, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Utah State’s Jordan Love, and Washinton’s Jacob Eason are all among names as well. If the season ended today, Tampa Bay would be a team worth paying attention to with the future of Jameis Winston, and having the 8th overall selection, the Bucs could potentially draft a quarterback and start over, or simply franchise-tag Winston and give him another season to prove himself.
Also, Jenna Laine mentions that the Bucs are having “mixed feelings” on the 2017 first-round draft pick OJ Howard.
Howard, who has missed the last 2 games due to a hamstring injury- had the second-highest drop rate at any position during the first half of the season– is looking to earn himself back in the franchise’s good graces after he was able to maintain a roster spot after rumors leaked on teams being interested in the 19th overall pick. Can Howard rebound in an offense that isn’t tight-end friendly?
Stay tuned for details as they become available.