In this article we will be discussing why Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certain to take the next step in 2017. There are plenty of reasons why the Buccaneers have become a trendy pick to make the playoffs this year. We will be breaking down everything from off-season additions, to a hungry and supportive fan base, and everything in between.
The Buccaneers’ front office proved they are dedicated to helping Jameis Winston to take the next step when they provided him with speedster DeSean Jackson. The addition of Jackson will help take pressure off of Mike Evans and give Jameis Winston another deep threat alongside Evans. The Buccaneers also signed defensive tackle Chris Baker to help bolster a rushing defense that ranked 22nd in 2016. Along with the two headlining free agent additions, the Buccaneers also had an extraordinary draft. They pounced on the opportunity to add tight-end O.J. Howard, whose blocking skills will help improve the running game, while his size and catching ability will be a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. The Buccaneers also drafted hard hitting safety Justin Evans to help the Buccaneers struggling safety group.
In 2016, Jameis Winston improved upon his rookie season tossing over 4000 yards and 28 touchdowns. His receivers were Mike Evans, Adam Humphries, and Cameron Brate. Now with rookie receiver Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and DeSean Jackson added to the mix, the sky is the limit for the young signal caller. Pair his new arsenal of weapons with his dedication and passion and you are looking at a dark horse MVP candidate.
The Buccaneers fan base can truly have a big part in the team’s success this year. The Buccaneers need fans to fill the seats at Raymond James Stadium and make it an incredible atmosphere. At training camp, a large group of 60,000 Buccaneers fans, calling themselves the stick-carriers, created a great atmosphere for the players, and they were personally praised by head coach Dirk Koetter. After thanking the fans, Dirk began his signature quote “Speak Softly…” and the fans finished “AND CARRY A BIG STICK!” If the Buccaneer’s fans can replicate this energy at home games during the season, it can have an effect similar to the 12’s with the Seattle Seahawks.
There is something different about these Bucs. With the combination of a young dedicated quarterback, an explosive offense, a defense on the rise, a supportive fan base,and a fiery head coach, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to have the pieces in place to take the league by storm this coming season. I strongly believe the Buccaneers are up to the challenge and will take the next step in 2017.