Is Peyton Barber our guy? – Tim Gary

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It’s no secret that the Buccaneers’ offense desperately needed a running game this past season.

Dirk Koetter’s unit averaged an incredible 400 less rushing yards than the rest of the league, while Doug Martin had another down year after raising expectations during training camp and on Hard Knocks. I don’t see him being back in a Buccaneers uniform next season.

Aiding in our paltry rushing game were major injuries on the offensive line, which didn’t help the struggling Martin, or the rushing game as a whole, especially after losing J.R. Sweezy for the year. The team also lacked talent at the right guard position on the offensive line. The Bucs were forced to play musical chairs on the offensive line the entire season.

The defense wasn’t much better, with glaring holes at both defensive end positions, strong safety and cornerback.

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht has his work cut out for him this off-season.

Tampa Bay holds the #7 pick in this years draft, and with only a few players in free agency that can help propel this team into the playoffs, the Buccaneers need to have another strong off-season if they have any hopes of returning to the post season next season.

My question for you is, what exactly should our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers do this off-season to improve our chances of getting back to the playoffs after more than a decade of mediocrity?

Edited by Morgan Adele and Harmeet Kapur

 

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