What Is Bucs Biggest Remaining Offseason Need?


For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew solutions one other powerful query. This week’s immediate: two weeks into free company, what’s the Bucs greatest remaining offseason want?

DISCLAIMER: for this train we assumed that tight finish Rob Gronkowski will ultimately re-sign in Tampa Bay.

Scott Reynolds: Blaine Should Keep!

The Bucs’ greatest remaining offseason want is perhaps re-signing defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh. Tampa Bay is razor skinny at line of defense proper now with Vita Vea, Will Gholston and reserve Rakeem Nunez-Roches. It additionally is perhaps the working again room. Leonard Fournette is again, however there are depth considerations with solely seldom-used Ke’Shawn Vaughn at present within the secure. However I’m going to go in a distinct, extra apparent route.

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s time to re-sign Blaine Gabbert, damnit. I need to see Gabbert again in Tampa Bay for a few causes. First, except for making the Bucs quarterback room that rather more good-looking, Gabbert is aware of Bruce Arians’ offense in and out. He’s spent 4 years in it. The coaches laud Gabbert’s massive arm, and his athleticism out and in of the pocket. If Tom Brady had been to go down with an harm, the Bucs would stand a greater likelihood of profitable with Gabbert over the unproven Kyle Trask.

The second purpose is that after Brady retires or leaves Tampa Bay, I’d have an interest to see how Gabbert 2.0 fares after sitting and studying from the G.O.A.T. Gabbert has been Arians’ private reclamation venture for years. May he be a late bloomer like Wealthy Gannon was in Oakland years in the past? The third purpose is that Gabbert could possibly be a fantastic measuring stick for Trask’s improvement. If the previous second-round choose can’t beat out Gabbert for the backup job, that may be worrisome shifting ahead.

Matt Matera: Bucs May Use One other D-Lineman Even If Suh Re-Indicators

The Bucs have, for probably the most half, saved their protection intact for subsequent season. Even after re-signing defensive finish Will Gholston this week, there’s nonetheless a gap on the line of defense. Nostril sort out Vita Vea does all of it up entrance for the protection, however he wants a working mate with him.

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt – Photograph by: USA As we speak

I do know, I do know – the percentages are that veteran defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh will re-sign with the Bucs. I’m very a lot on board with this, as Suh has been nice throughout his three seasons in Tampa Bay. He’s by no means missed a recreation and has recorded 112 tackles, 14.5 sacks, pressured a fumble and has scored two defensive touchdowns. With that mentioned, I nonetheless assume the Bucs can add one other piece to the inside line of defense that will likely be there for a couple of 12 months. The Bucs might transfer on from Steve McLendon this season, so whether or not it’s one other veteran that’s ring chasing or drafting a prospect, there’s room.

If Suh is again for one more season, I’d like for Tampa Bay to nonetheless get youthful on the place via the draft. It’s threading the needle right here, however they’ll discover a participant that may nonetheless make a splash in a restricted function after which develop right into a starter in a season or two. They will go in an earlier spherical with Devonte Wyatt, Jordan Davis or Travis Jones, or accept a mid spherical choose with Perrion Winfrey. Both method, the Bucs might use an inflow of youth up entrance. Tampa Bay has strong depth with Gholston and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. It will assist if they only acquired a bit of bit extra.

Jon Ledyard: 4-Man Cross Rush Should Enhance In 2022

I wouldn’t thoughts the Bucs including one other guard or offensive weapon, however proper now the vast majority of their offense appears set. Assuming Rob Gronkowski comes again, they’ll draft a good finish and working again sooner or later within the center rounds. I wouldn’t rule out a large receiver choice both, however clearly the staff’s greatest remaining wants will not be on offense. As a substitute, it’s the defensive facet of the ball that wants some consideration.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s not the Bucs fault that high quality defensive tackles within the draft have nearly utterly dried up for 3 straight years. This 12 months’s class has a pair run-stuffing choices, however one of the best 3-technique in Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt must be off the board by No. 27. Because of this, the Bucs might need to get artistic with how they discover inside go rush. This draft has a number of massive edge defenders who might kick inside and play a flexible function in 2022. Tampa Bay noticed the good thing about that final season, when Joe Tryon-Shoyinka performed over guards with success.

Maybe that’s a task Tryon-Shoyinka steps into once more this 12 months. Or maybe the Bucs choose Minnesota’s Boye Mafe or Houston’s Logan Corridor early within the draft. An alternative choice could possibly be signing a veteran like Melvin Ingram or Justin Houston near coaching camp. However the Bucs should enhance their 4-man go rush this season. They usually can’t rely solely on Tryon-Shoyinka’s improvement to make that occur. Listening to HC Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht in Indy, it’s clear they’re conscious of this shortcoming. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how they select to deal with it this offseason.

J.C. Allen: Bucs Roster Nonetheless Lacks A True Sturdy Security

The Bucs have been energetic in free company this offseason, re-signing their very own and bringing in new gamers. And there’s absolutely a couple of extra dominoes to fall within the coming months. Locking up Carlton Davis, whereas re-signing William Gholston and doubtlessly Ndamukong Suh, ought to be sure that the staff’s protection largely stays intact for the 2022 season. Nevertheless, the Bucs misplaced a pivotal a part of their protection that hasn’t been changed in hard-hitting robust security Jordan Whitehead.

New Bucs S Logan Ryan

New Bucs S Logan Ryan – Photograph by: USA As we speak

Tampa Bay has Antoine Winfield Jr., Mike Edwards and the newly signed Logan Ryan. However none venture as robust safeties. Winfield might doubtlessly fill that function, however he’s already one of many league’s premier gamers at free security. The Bucs need to use the Professional Bowler in quite a lot of methods, however not on the expense of his development at free security.  Edwards is extra of a ballhawk than a tough hitter, and might be suited greatest because the third security in three security packages. Whereas Logan Ryan is a do-it-all participant, he might see a majority of his snaps within the slot. The Bucs even have Ross Cockrell, who was cross-trained on the place throughout camp, however he’s extra of a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency possibility.

With the free company market dried up on the place, the Bucs might look to the draft. Fortunately it’s a fairly deep draft on the place. Georgia’s Lewis Cine is a well-liked choose within the first spherical and was featured in our newest mock. Different choices, particularly if the Bucs commerce again into the second spherical, could possibly be Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker or Baylor’s Jalen Pitre. In later rounds the Bucs might goal Iowa’s Dane Belton, Auburn’s Smoke Monday, FAMU’s Markquese Bell and USC’s Isaiah Pola-Mao. With Edwards and Ryan set to be free brokers in 2023, the Bucs want so as to add expertise to the room. Ideally that will likely be a participant who can let Winfield proceed to flourish at free security.

Josh Queipo: Repair That Kicking Recreation!

Whereas a few of my colleagues might determine tight as the largest want on account of Cam Brate being the present penciled-in starter with scant depth behind him. Others might say their confidence within the depth chart behind Leonard Fournette is missing. Nonetheless others might determine the dearth of inside go rush capability as a determined want. However I say these all take a backseat to a different place group that has not been addressed this offseason. But, it desperately must be!

Bucs P Bradley Pinion

Bucs P Bradley Pinion – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

What is that this weak spot? The kicking recreation. Final season, Ryan Succop hit on 83.3 p.c of his discipline objective makes an attempt. It is a strong, if unspectacular, quantity. Nevertheless, wanting into that quantity deeper you will notice he was solely 7 of 10 from 40-49 yards and missed his solely try from 50 or past. And that will get us to his greatest space of alternative. It’s not the kicks Succop is trying which are costing the staff factors. It’s the kicks he doesn’t get to try as a result of the staff is acutely conscious that he doesn’t have a robust sufficient leg that may swing video games within the Bucs favor.

Along with Succop’s vary points, the staff additionally has a punter drawback. Final 12 months Bradley Pinion ranked twenty eighth within the league (min. 45 punts) in punt common. That was lifeless final. Adjusting for web common, Pinion’s 38.9 common ranked twenty third. When combining touchbacks and punts that find yourself contained in the 20 Pinion’s 44.6 p.c price was his greatest rating at 18th. Now, while you have a look at Pinion’s un-guaranteed $2.9M cap hit this 12 months and the truth that his AAV is the sixth highest within the league, you see that issues simply don’t match up. This roster is loaded on offense and protection. Why are we settling for an average-at-best kicking unit?

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