ESPN’s Mike Clay: Expect a “Big Leap” for Buccaneers Defense


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a very successful offseason, with the signing of Tom Brady and the trade for Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs’ offense is now one of the best in the NFL. However, they’re defense is still extremely underrated. ESPN’s Mike Clay believes the Bucs’ defense will be the secret to a rewarding 2020.

National Recognition

Mike Clay is an NFL analyst for ESPN and he was recently quoted praising the defense in an article written by Colin Liotta for Bucswire.  “Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were big-name additions, but I’m also anticipating a big leap from a young, high-pedigree defense.”

Clay’s comment about the Bucs’ defense is relatively true. The Bucs have a youthful defensive core that will thrive in Todd Bowles’ system. Although the Bucs’ defense finished 15th overall in the NFL last year, Clay was sure to mention how well they performed the last few games of the season.

“This defense could make a huge leap, especially after its strong finish last season.”

Since the acquisitions of Brady and Gronkowski, it seems like people had forgotten how good the Bucs’ defense is. Clay helps remind people of the stellar players, even listing Antoine Winfield Jr., who the Bucs drafted in April.

The Bucs have a great defense filled with youth and experience. And Clay showed NFL fans why the Buccaneers are more than just a great offense.