TAMPA, FL - AUG 19: Giovani Bernard (25) of the Buccaneers carries the ball during the Tennessee Titans & Tampa Bay Buccaneers joint training camp on August 19, 2021 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The NFL Draft and free agency is in our rearview mirrors. There is very little day-to-day NFL news aside from random minor transactions across the league and conversations about where/when this star player will be traded. The NBA finals are over and the NHL season has ended with a repeat champion. Baseball is gearing up for a long, hot second half of the season. The dog days of Summer are here. We will be going over the offseason happenings of all 32 teams, division by division: their player personnel moves, coaching changes, and projected preseason depth charts. Let’s take a look at the NFC South, starting with the GOAT Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champs: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pre-Training Camp Projected Depth Chart

PositionStarterBackup
QBTom BradyBlaine Gabbert
RB1Ronald JonesGiovani Bernard
RB2Leonard FournetteKe’Shawn Vaughn
WR1Mike EvansScotty Miller
WR2Chris GodwinTyler Johnson
WR3Antonio BrownJaelon Darden
TE1Rob GronkowskiO.J. Howard
TE2Cameron BrateTanner Hudson
LTDonovan SmithJosh Wells
LGAli MarpetRobert Hainsey
CRyan Jensen
RGAlex CappaAaron Stinnie
RTTristan WirfsBrad Seaton
DLNdamukong SuhRakeem Nunez-Roches
NTVita VeaSteve McLendon
DLWilliam GholstonPat O’Connor
EDGEJason Pierre-PaulJoe Tryon
ILBDevin WhiteKevin Minter
ILBLavonte DavidK.J. Britt
EDGEShaq BarrettCam Gill
CB1Carlton DavisRoss Cockrell
CB2Sean Murphy-BuntingAntonio Hamilton
CB3Jamel DeanChris Wilcox
FSJordan WhiteheadRaven Greene
SSAntoine Winfield Jr.Mike Edwards
KRyan Succop
PBradley Pinion
LSZach Triner
KRTyler JohnsonJaelon Darden
PRScotty MillerJaelon Darden

*BOLD player name = Rookie*

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (32nd overall): EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington

Round 2 (64th): QB Kyle Trask, Florida

Round 3 (95th): G/T Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame

Round 4 (129th): WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas

Round 5 (176th): LB K.J. Britt, Auburn

Round 7 (251st): CB Chris Wilcox, BYU

Round 7 (259th) LB Grant Stuard, Houston

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
LeSean McCoyRB33TB
A.Q. ShipleyC35TBTB Off. Asst. Coach
Kenjon BarnerRB32TB
Jack CichyILB25TB
T.J. LoganRB27TB
Deone BucannonILB29TB
Arrivals
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamAcquired via
Giovani BernardRB30CINTBFree Agency
Raven GreeneS26GBTBFree Agency
Antonio HamiltonCB28KCTBFree Agency
Joe JonesLB27DENTBFree Agency
Departures
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamDeparted via
Chapelle RussellLB24TBJAXWaivers
Joe HaegT28TBPITFree Agency
Andrew AdamsS29TBPHIFree Agency
Ryan SmithCB28TBLACFree Agency
Antony AuclairTE28TBHOUFree Agency
Re-Signed
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Chris GodwinWR25TBTB*Franchise Tag*
Lavonte DavidLB31TBTB
Shaquil BarrettOLB29TBTB
Rob GronkowskiTE32TBTB
Ndamukong SuhDT34TBTB
Leonard FournetteRB26TBTB
Antonio BrownWR33TBTB
Ryan SuccopK35TBTB
Steve McLendonDT35TBTB
Rakeem Nunez-RochesDT28TBTB
Blaine GabbertQB32TBTB
Kevin MinterILB31TBTB
Aaron StinnieG27TBTB
Josh WellsT30TBTB
Zach TrinerLS30TBTB
Pat O’ConnorDE28TBTB
Tanner HudsonTE27TBTB
Ryan GriffinQB32TBTB
Ross CockrellCB30TBTB
Jaydon MickensWR27TBTB

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offseason Review

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off of an epic Super Bowl winning season. There were plenty of ups and downs during the regular season, but once December hit, this team got hot, winning it’s final eight games of the season – including the playoffs. The big question coming into last season was if Tom Brady still had it after seemingly struggling his last season in New England (60.8% completion percentage – lowest since 2013; 29 passing touchdowns – lowest since 2006) or if father time had finally caught up to the legend. Well…we now know that answer: father time can suck it. Brady had his best statistical season since 2017, throwing his most passing touchdowns since he threw 50 in 2007 and passing for his most yards since 2015. Oh, and Tampa Bay is the first Super Bowl winning team to return every single starter. 

The best player the Buccaneers lost this offseason was swing tackle Joe Haeg to the Steelers in free agency. Other than that, every single key member of the team returns, including all 22 starters. Brady restructured his contract,  as he had done so often in New England, so the team could re-sign their key free agents. The Buccaneers got the ball rolling when they put the Franchise Tag on star receiver Chris Godwin. Godwin may not be the WR1 on his own team, but he is a legit top option in his own right and forms maybe the best 1-2 punch in the NFL with Mike Evans. The Bucs also re-signed longtime stud linebacker Lavonte David and star edge rusher Shaquil Barrett. Barrett had only 8 sacks last season, but provided excellent pressure all season. David is one of the best off-ball linebackers in the NFL, and is the leader of this Bucs defense. Ndamukong Suh is no longer the force he once was, but he can still push the pocket and is one of the best run defenders in the league. The Bucs needed a third pass rusher, and drafted edge rusher Joe Tryon in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Tryon opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid, but he is long and explosive off the edge, and has a chance to develop behind two upper echelon pass rushers in JPP/Barrett. 

The Bucs also were able to retain the services of Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, and Ryan Succop. Gronk came out of retirement last offseason and ended up playing a key role for the Bucs, including scoring two touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Fournette and Brown both played key roles down the stretch, and should continue to play important roles on offense this season. The rest of the additions and re-signings were to secure the kind of depth needed over a grueling 17 game schedule. Gio Bernard was the biggest free agent addition, and he should be able to fill the James White pass catching role for Brady. Aaron Stinnie was brought back after playing very well as a starter during the playoffs in place of the injured Alex Cappa (broken foot).

Tampa Bay was a tough team to figure out last season, but once December hit, the team turned it way up all the way to a ‘chip. The team has aging stars playing key roles, but as long as Brady keeps winning in his battle versus Father Time, this team will be a contender. The Bucs have a lot going for them: tons of talent, veteran leadership on the field, upper echelon coaching staff, quality depth on both sides of the ball, and a seemingly easy schedule. Will Brady and the Bucs be the first repeat Super Bowl winner since Brady and the Pats did it in 2003 and 2004?

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