Although not utterly completed, the Bucs have finished a pleasant job filling out their roster with a veteran presence.
This offseason Tampa Bay has bolstered the group by including gamers with a number of expertise resembling safeties Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal, and receiver Russell Gage. Additionally they re-signed Giovani Bernard, who’s a long-tenured working again.
At the same time as within the month of June, the Bucs bolstered their line of defense by signing defensive sort out Akiem Hicks, who many are excessive on to have an amazing season if he can keep wholesome.
Does that imply the Bucs are finished with notable signings? I believe not, nor ought to they be. Tampa Bay might use another veteran presence at two positions particularly. Probably the most logical locations are at outdoors linebacker and tight finish.
Bucs Exterior Linebackers
Tampa Bay is all set with its prime three edge rushers. Two-time Professional Bowler Shaq Barrett is the chief of the group. He and second-year participant Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, who replaces Jason Pierre-Paul, will begin. Anthony Nelson, who’s in a contract yr, would be the first backup off the bench.
We all know what Barrett can do, racking up 37.5 sacks in three years with the Bucs. Tryon-Shoyinka had a restricted function enjoying behind JPP final season, however nonetheless had 4 sacks and doubtlessly might’ve had three or 4 extra. Nelson had his greatest season but with 5 sacks.
After that, the competitors slims right down to Cam Gill, Elijah Ponder, seventh-round decide Andre Anthony and a few different undrafted free brokers. Gill has probably the most expertise, spending simply two seasons with the Bucs. He did get a half sack in Tremendous Bowl LV and recorded 1.5 sacks final yr. Ponder was on the apply squad.
This might be a chief spot for the Bucs to usher in a veteran with confirmed pass-rushing abilities. In the event that they had been to lose their Prime 3 move rushers, the depth might not meet expectations. Even with fourth-stringers, the Bucs haven’t been afraid to present enjoying time to their backups.
Bringing in somebody that has a observe document with the power to get to the quarterback would carry worth to the group. Edge rushers that Pewter Report have beforehand talked about are Justin Houston, Carl Nassib, Anthony Barr and Carlos Dunlap.
Bucs Tight Ends
The retirement of Rob Gronkowski places a number of uncertainty within the Bucs tight finish room outdoors of fan favourite Cam Brate. Brate is at all times regular, recording 253 catches for two,683 and 33 touchdowns in 115 video games. The mixed variety of video games for the following three tight ends on the depth chart: three.
To be truthful, that’s as a result of two of them are rookies Cade Otton and Ko Kieft. The opposite is Codey McElroy, who made one catch for 30 yards in 2019 and in addition performed in two video games final season. McElroy has been principally a apply squad participant for 3 years, and as Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds mentioned in final week’s SR’s Fab 5 column, it’s make or break for him on this yr’s coaching camp.
So much remains to be not recognized about Otton. He’s nonetheless recovering from an ankle damage and hasn’t participated in OTAs or mini-camp. Otton is predicted to be again for coaching camp and might present a lift in each the run recreation as a blocker and within the passing recreation as a receiver. Kieft is primarily a blocker, although he’s made some good catches in apply.
With Brate and McElroy as primarily receiving tight ends, Otton as probably the most well-rounded and Kieft as a blocker, the Bucs might actually use one other veteran to carry alongside the youthful guys. What if Brate misses a variety of video games? That’s placing a number of accountability on unproven gamers taking an enormous share of the reps.
As not too long ago mentioned on the Pewter Report Podcast, a few tight ends accessible available on the market are Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook dinner, Eric Ebron, Kyle Rudolph and Blake Jarwin. You possibly can see our evaluation on who would match right here.
What’s Greatest For The Bucs?
There’s a chance that the Bucs might add a veteran to each positions. But when we had to decide on only one, it must be a good finish. Very similar to how Tampa Bay introduced in insurance coverage insurance policies for the secondary with Ryan and Neal, the Bucs want to ensure they’ve one other veteran choice after Brate on offense.