Since 2014, the Buccaneers have the most increased play action usage in the league. They were 6th in play action usages last year and had the biggest year to year play action efficiency in at least 5 years. The Buccaneers were the fourth most efficient team in play action passes, second most if you take away scrambles and didn’t need a very good running game to be successful with play action.
A big misconception in football is you need to have a good running game to be successful on play action, which is not true. If you can be convincing with the run signals, you can throw the defense off and the Buccaneers have been able to do that. Jameis Winston, who has had more than a few year’s of experience in a pro style system, has been a big part of their success in play action passes.