Will the Bucs Turn it Around in 2018? One Former Player Personnel Guy Feels They Are Close

The Bucs were a team expected to make a playoff run in 2017, but instead won just five games and were hit with a number of key injuries that stopped the team from moving forward.

One person who for sure took notice of the Bucs is that of Gil Brandt, long time player personnel guy for the Dallas Cowboys, and now NFL Media senior analyst.

Thursday Brandt released an article on NFL.com talking about teams that have chances to go from ‘worst to first’ in 2018, and while he doesn’t say the Bucs will do that, they do have a very good chance to be back and ready to compete in 2018.

Here’s what he had to say about the Bucs:

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South, 5-11)

Jameis Winston is primed for a breakthrough 2018 season. His yards-per-attempt mark of 7.93 ranked fourth in the NFL in 2017, ahead of players like Tom Brady (fifth, 7.88) and Carson Wentz (11th, 7.49), while his completion rate (63.8 percent) ranked 12th. The offensive line needs to stay healthier — by the end of the season, the unit was relying on backup-types. The 32nd-ranked defense was a weakness, and with the team compiling a league-low sack total (22), it’s clear that pass rusher is a big need. Yes, the NFC South includes three other formidable teams. Still, this is a well-coached group, and if Winston can continue to learn to incorporate coaching going forward, he can be a factor and make Tampa Bay truly dangerous.


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