Lavonte David was the First Tampa Bay Buccaneers player to be listed on the 2020 NFL Top 100 list, but you certainly knew this already as he was most definitely shafted in the ranking. #100? What a freaking joke! Best linebacker in the league and don’t make me fight over it. However, my hardened heart is somewhat lightened up by the fact that finally, LVD is getting some recognition.
Chris Godwin earned his first spot on NFL top 100 and will be showcased at #38. His career-high of 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2019 is hardly something that can be overlooked. He had one heck of a 2019 season, break out if you will, but those who have kept a watchful eye on him saw this coming. Earning his first Pro Bowl vote and a Second-team ALL-Pro spot in his first starting role is a thing of beauty and something that the players who voted, could not ignore.
Speaking of firsts, Shaquil Barrett also earned his first NFL Top 100 appearance and will be showcased at #32. Shaq had many firsts during the 2019 season. First starting role, first Bucs player to lead the league in sacks, first Bucs player since Stylez G. White who had 7 and tied the record in 2007 to record 6 forced fumbles, the record is 7 set back in 1979 by Wally Chambers. Barrett being showcased at #32 is definitely nothing to scoff at, but I do have to wonder if he should have been listed quite a bit lower, maybe #15? I feel this will cause a stir like LVD’s #100 spot.
Mike Evans making moves! Coming in at #30, up from#53 last year, is the Buccaneers’ most consistent set of hands at the receiver position they have ever had. Okay, that’s debatable, but I’m writing this, so what I say goes. ME13 blew a hammy last year and missed the final 3 games of the season, but not before handing in his sixth 1,000-yard season since coming into the league in 2014. Time to start putting this man into the G.O.A.T. conversation. Between him and Godwin, they have established themselves as the best wide receiver duo in the league, while catching passes from Jameis Winston. I expect more of the same this season with Tom Brady at the helm. (BTW – Keenan Allen, who talked so much trash about being better than Evans and Godwin, found himself at #77. Doesn’t look like anyone agrees with Allen.)
And speaking of Brady, he comes in at #14. Brady is down from #6, but he is a Buc now (still feels weird saying that), and has the weapons to return him to #1 where he has been several times. The G.O.A.T. certainly needs no introduction or any excuses, so #LFG.