The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made big splashes during the offseason, most notably the acquisition of Tom Brady and his partner in crime Rob Gronkowski with Brady being a major upgrade at the quarterback position, especially with the departure of Jameis Winston. Winston has had his bright moments but had too many of his games left you scratching your head. However, that is not what this article is about. Recently, Mike Clay stated that he believes the Buccaneers will see a big leap in production from the team’s youngest defenders.
“Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were the big-name additions, but I’m also anticipating a big leap from a young, high-pedigree defense. Vita Vea, Devin White, Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean, M.J. Stewart, Antoine Winfield Jr., and Mike Edwards were all drafted on Day 1 or 2 of the past three drafts and positioned for sizable 2020 roles. This defense could make a huge leap, especially after its strong finish to last season.”
The Buccaneers’ defense made some great strides as the 2019 season closed out. Under first-year defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, the defense looked good. Now I am not saying they are close to the Buccaneers defense that helped them win the Super Bowl in the 2002 season, but this defense is young and showing a lot of promise heading into this year. I believe with a better offense – the pressure won’t always be on the defense to save the Buccaneers. Vita Vea is the anchor of the defense line, and he’s showed what he can do and that is cause havoc. Then right behind the defensive line, you have the linebackers. One of the biggest the stud defenders there is Devin White. White was picked fifth overall in the 2019 NFL draft, and after some minor hangups, he took off!
The biggest question that many had on their minds was the team’s defensive secondary. But with Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy Bunting, Jamel Dean, M.J. Stewart, the addition of Antoine Winfield Jr., the team looks to be in great shape heading into 2020. A lot of people were under the impression that the Buccaneers would go out and fetch a veteran player to bolster the young secondary; however, they opted to stick with the young guys instead. I think this is a great idea and will pan out as the season progresses. In my opinion, Bowles is the right man for the job of coaching these young up and comers, and I fully believe that these guys will get better and more efficient because of Todd Bowles. I think back to last year and say that there was a lot of pressure on them because of how the offense was run. However, this year will be different, and the secondary will become a unit that I believe will surprise many people. I see no reason why the Buccaneers will not have a winning season this year. A winning season for the first time in a while.
In the end, I agree with Mr. Clay that the Buccaneers will have a great year, and the defense will be a big part of it. Remember – in the division– they will have to play Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Matt Ryan twice every year. On top of that, they will be hosting, both Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers and their teams at Ray Jay. There will be games that the Tampa Bay defense will come up big. The young secondary will be a big part of what will lead the team to wins this year and in the future.
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