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Buccaneers Thoughts: AB Finally Aboard, Who Loses Touches? Saints Showdown Looming

After a start that was deemed slow by many, the Bucs have hit their stride, with most of it coming from the play of future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady.

The Bucs this week will be on the road, playing at the 1-6 New York Giants on Monday, November 2nd at 8:15pm on ESPN.

Despite being 5-2, the Bucs still have plenty of things to work out as they get set for a massive game next week against the New Orleans Saints, a team that took down the Bucs in the first week of the season.

Here’s a couple tidbits on Tampa Bay as they get set for Big Blue on Monday night in the national spotlight.

* When Will AB be in the Fold?

The Bucs on offense have been clicking, and now they are adding a player who some say is the best in his position in football.

Others say he’s a cancer and that the team is making a huge mistake bringing him in.

Yes, the signing of wide out Antonio Brown became official on Tuesday, and with it comes a ton of questions about how he’s going to fit into the Bucs rotation on offense.

Right now Brown is serving an 8-game suspension, meaning his first game with the Bucs will be the huge showdown against the Saints on Sunday night in week nine.

Brady seemed to be the driving force behind the signing, as he loved having Brown on the roster for a couple weeks in New England.

Let’s hope that Brown can follow the straight and narrow, and be impactful for an offense that is getting better each week.

* Who Loses Out the Most from the Brown Signing?

One player that the Antonio Brown signing will likely hurt is Mike Evans, who last week had just two grabs for 37 yards in the win over the Raiders in Vegas.

He’s caught just three passes for 37 yards in the last two games, which comes after the leading receiver pulled in 12 passes for 163 yards and two scores in the two games prior to that.

With Brown, Chris Goodwin, Scotty Miller and rookie Tyler Johnson all vying for chances to get their hands on the ball, Evans may have a very tough time getting balls thrown his way now that Brown is aboard.

* Defense Needs a Better Plan Against Brees

Yes we may be looking past Daniel Jones and the Giants Monday, but let’s be real, once they walk off the field at MetLife Stadium with a win, all eyes will turn to their next matchup, a first-place battle with the Saints.

Last time out the Bucs D held Brees to just 160 yards and a pair of scores, but with that it was a winning formula that saw the Saints D lay down the smack on Brady and the Bucs offense.

Brady was hit often in that first battle in New Orleans, and he was held to 23-for-36 passing for 239 yards with a pair of scores as well as a pair of picks.

As the game went on, the Saints confidence on defense grew, and they got to Brady for three sacks, and held the Bucs to 5-for-13 on third down.

Expect a very different game plan for this one, and for the Bucs to have learned a lot from that first 34-23 loss.

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