Preseason Overreaction: Buccaneers Lack Depth?  


As I scroll through social media feeds, I like to take a look at all things Buccaneer related. I enjoy seeing what people are talking about the most. For the past two weeks, the hottest trend amongst fans has been about the depth or apparently the lack thereof. Fans have been clamoring that if any of the starters gets hurt, the team is in deep trouble. I am here to tell you to take a deep breath and do what Aaron Rodgers ever-so-famously once tweeted, “R-E-L-A-X.”!

Defending the championship 

First, it is important to remember that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the 2020 Super Bowl champions. Yes, SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS (I put that in caps so the people in the back could hear it)! The Buccaneers became the first team in history to bring back all 22 starters after winning a Super Bowl. The Buccaneers replaced LeSean McCoy by adding veteran pass-catching running back Giovanni Bernard. Bernard is rumored to have a huge role in this offense). The veteran leadership on this team combined with the experience the players now have with winning last year’s Super Bowl will be more than enough to help offset injuries, if they do indeed happen.


Next, let’s not forget about the latest draft picks. Once again it looks as though Jason Licht and company knocked the draft out of the ballpark. Somehow they were able to draft a game-changing OLB with Joe Tryon-Shoyinka with the last pick of the first round. This will help add some quality depth to our defensive front seven. The team also traded up to grab the speedy Jaelon Darden in the fourth round. He will not only help the return game but also add more depth and competition to already deep wide receiver group. Kyle Trask gets the benefit of learning from the GOAT for a few years before he is thrown into the fire. The Buccaneers were also able to draft some quality depth guys like Robert Hainsey (offensive line swiss army knife) and K.J. Britt to help with linebacker depth after Devin White and Lavonte David).


Lastly, it is just preseason football people. Preseason football is basically a dress rehearsal scrimmage full of vanilla play calling for all three levels of the game. Preseason allows coaches to assess positional battles and depth without showing their hand too opposing teams. It’s also allows veteran players to shake off some rust if they are coming back from an injury and help get to that “in-game speed” before regular season starts. Furthermore it’s important to note that preseason isn’t just for the players, it is also important for the referees. Let’s be honest, they also look pretty rusty too so far.


So in response to the hot trend of the apparent lack of depth, I will leave this comment right here, if there was an actual reason to be worried about an apparent lack of depth, you can bet that it would have already been brought up by Bruce Arians, Jason Licht, the coaching staff or Tom Brady. So with that said, let’s all take Aaron Rodgers advice and R.E.L.A.X!