Buccaneers News NFL: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston enters final year of his rookie deal in 2019.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 7/6/2019.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agency Recap


On offense Tampa Bay signed Breshad Perriman. Tampa Bay signed Kevin Minter as a 3-4 middle linebacker after losing Kwon Alexander. Tampa Bay also replaced Gerald McCoy with Ndamukong Suh at 3-4 left end. Tampa Bay also signed Carl Nassib as a 3-4 right end for depth.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Recap


The Buccaneers drafted Devin White in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. White was the best player on the board at 5 as well as the only starter in the 2019 NFL Draft that Tampa Bay landed.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Summary: Jameis Winston is the quarterback for Tampa Bay. He has behaved for the most part under the new coaching regime.


Head coach Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen all specialize in developing quarterbacks. I feel like this group may get the most out of Jameis Winston. If they fail to accomplish that, then Tampa Bay may draft a new quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft assuming they are picking high enough for Tua, Herbert, or Fromm. Otherwise I think they would franchise tag Winston.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back Summary: Tampa Bay has two running backs with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones at running back. A third running back for depth behind Barber and Jones is needed.


Harold Goodwin is the assistant head coach/running game coordinator. Running backs coach Todd McNair is the new running backs coach. I feel like Todd McNair is a downgrade over the previous running backs coach.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Summary: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are Jameison Winston's top two targets. Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson are competing for the slot receiver job. Anthony Johnson out of Buffalo was a guy I had a second round grade on and Tampa Bay got him as an undrafted Free Agent so I am interested to see if Johnson makes the final roster.


Wide receivers coach Kevin Garver is gonna be coaching up a good wide receiver core. Garver has some fantastic weapons to work with.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Summary: Cameron Brate and 2017 first round pick O.J. Howard make a good tight end tandem. Howard is going to compliment Brate since Brate got a huge extension in 2018. Rick Chrisophel enters his first year aas the tight ends coach.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line Summary: Tampa Bay has Donovan Smith starting at left tackle, Ali Marpet starting at left guard, Ryan Jensen starting at center, Caleb Benenoch at right guard, and Demar Dotson at right tackle. I feel like this is a good run blocking unit, but also a suspect pass blocking unit that will struggle to keep Jameis Winston from getting sacked. Tampa Bay spent a third round pick on Alex Cappa out of Humboldt State who can line up at left tackle, left guard, right guard, or right tackle with his versatility. Tampa Bay is using Cappa as a backup.


Joe Gilbert is the new offensive line coach. He was the offensive line coach at Arizona last season coaching up an offensive line in the PAC 12. Now Gilbert returns to the NFL after previously being an offensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts.


Tampa Bay has an offense with the ability to rank in the top 10 in points per game, total yards, and passing yards. Tampa Bay seems like they will struggle in rushing yards. Tampa Bay has new offensive coaches all across the board.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Line Summary: Tampa Bay has Jason Pierre-Paul as a 3-4 right end, Vita Vea at nose tackle, and Ndamukong Suh as a 3-4 left end. Carl Nassib is a 3-4 right end for depth.


Kacy Rodgers is the new defensive line coach for Tampa Bay. Rodgers has a solid, but not spectacular defensive line to work with.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Summary: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Lavonte David at 3-4 right outside linebacker. Tampa Bay has Kevin Minter and Devin White at 3-4 middle linebacker. Shaquil Barrett is the 3-4 left outside linebacker next to David. Tampa Bay has excellent run stoppers. Their pass rush seems suspect.


Larry Foote is the outside linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mike Caldwell is the inside linebackers coach. Both Foote and Caldwell could do well with teaching these linebackers to be great run stuffers.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Backs Summary: The Buccaneers have excellent depth at cornerback. Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves III will start across from each other at cornerback with Davis as a field cornerback and Hargreaves III as a boundary cornerback. Ryan Smith is the nickel cornerback. Carlton Davis one of Tampa Bay's 2018 second round picks that they got from th M.J. Stewart got promoted from quarter cornerback to dime cornerback. Jamel Dean is looking like someone who will be the quarter cornerback.


Justin Evans is now the new strong safety. Kentrell Brice is the starting free safety. Jordan Whitehead and Mike Edwards are solid safeties for depth. Tampa Bay will be suspect at safety until Brice gets benched or replaced.


Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph knows how to develop defensive backs. Cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross is great at developing cornerbacks.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a bottom feeder in sacks. The run defense has potential to be a top 15 unit if everyone is healthy. The pass defense could be a top 20 unit with the cornerback depth. The safeties will get picked apart.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers Special Teams Summary: Cairo Santos is coming in to be the new kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Punter Bradley Pinion is a solid punter. Ronald Jones is a kick returner and a punt returner.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers Worst Case Scenario: Tampa Bay goes 2-14. They struggle and end up with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Best Case Scenario: Tampa Bay goes 9-7. This team posts a winning record and gets back to where they were two years ago despite missing the playoffs.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 8
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 2
September 12
AT
8:20 PM EST
NFL Network
L
Week 3
September 22
VS
4:05 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 4
September 29
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 5
October 6
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 6
October 13
VS
9:30 AM EST
NFL Network
W
Week 7
Bye Week
Week 8
October 27
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 9
November 3
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 10
November 10
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 11
November 17
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 12
November 24
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 13
December 1
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 8
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 15
December 15
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 16
December 22
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 17
December 29
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 Projected Record (5-11): Tampa Bay made a lot of changes. I still believe Jameis Winston can be the quarterback. However, the team may do worse due to no upgrades on the offensive line as well as the defense transitioning to a 3-4 defense. Hopefully, Tampa Bay does well enough to keep Winston and remains patient throughout the rebuilding process.








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