Mike Evans – There is no doubt in my mind that Mike Evans will play a huge role in the Buccaneers success this season. He is the Buccaneers most valuable assets and that big contract he just received, is proof positive that Bucs will lean heavily on the 5th-year man out of Texas A&M.
Evans will play a vital role in the first three games of the season, with Jameis on the bench, in Tampa’s attempt to start the season out on a high note. Of course other players will factor in to the Bucs success or lack of, but Mike Evans will be the primary reason they have any success down the field this year. Thankfully, he and back up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick have a pretty good chemistry going on.
Evans being just the third receiver in history to haul in 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, will need to continue that trend in order for the Bucs to have a shot at the playoffs this year.
Ronald Jones II – Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked a dismal 27th in the rushing attack, totaling a little more than 1,400 yards on the ground, between a handful of running backs.
Despite the Bucs having faith in Peyton Barber, they decided to go running back in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, hoping they’ve scored a winner. All signs are pointing to Jones, out of USC, being a winner.
Racking up 39 touchdowns and 3,619 yards on the ground, Jones averaged 6.1 yards a carry during his three seasons as a Trojan.
Word out of camp, is that ROJO has something that the Buccaneers haven’t had in a long time, (since the Muscle Hamster was healthy), and that is the explosiveness to be a home run threat at any given time.
As he fits into the offensive scheme during training camp, Jones should ease his way past Barber into the starting role and become an instant impact on the offense. Bucs need that kind of threat on the ground in order to open up the passing offense for long scores down the field.
A definite Key to the Buccaneers success this year.
Jameis Winston– Sitting the first three games due to suspension, Winston must come back to the field as a man on a mission. Ranked as one of the NFL’s top second-half quarterbacks in the league, Jameis Winston has what it take’s to be one of the league’s top QBs.
Jameis must limit mistakes that cause turnovers, and calm himself down. He tries to do more than he needs to and that’s where he runs into trouble.
Last season, he threw a career low interceptions and a career low in touchdowns. That could be due to missing three games with injury, but I think he had more to do with his maturing as a QB. (laugh if you will).
If Winston can set aside a few his questionable antics on the field, (ie. eating W’s), and apply the maturity he will be gaining from becoming a new father, then he could translate that into his leading of the team and be one of the most important keys to the Bucs success this year.
A lot of things will have to fall into place for the Buccaneers this season, as a repeat of last year’s season is a very real possibility. Moves have been made to strengthen the weakness on both sides of the line, hopefully those moves are the ones that finally put us where we need to be. Closer to a playoff birth.