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Buccaneers Off-Season Recap

Good catch-up article in Sunday's Tampa Tribune breaking down the Buccaneers' off-season activity so far:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/23/sp-have-bucs-upgraded-their-roster/?sports-bucs

While the Bucs have not chased many high-profile free agents this winter (and have landed none), they do appear to have helped themselves in most areas. The one position where you would think they'd still want an upgrade is at wide receiver. The Bucs were not deep in that spot behind Joey Galloway last season, a fact made painfully obvious when Galloway got hurt in the first quarter of their playoff loss to the Giants, and Jeff Garcia had absolutely no one to throw to afterwards as a result. (Remember, the Bucs led 7-0 after one quarter, with the Giants only gaining about three yards net, before Eli Manning successfully went to a short passing game in the second quarter. Who knows, if both Galloway and linebacker Cato June had been healthy all through that game, maybe you'd see a lot of "Patriots Perfect Season" T-shirts all over the place. Perhaps we can get that game recap in a future Harry Turtledove novel ... but, we digress.)

Back to the wideout spot ... the Bucs did sign Antonio Bryant over the winter, a man with a knack for getting open on the field, and getting in trouble off the field. Bryant's a lottery ticket; he could help the Bucs immensely, or he could be in custody at Tampa's Orient Road jail when the Bucs cut him in August. (BTW, note that Bryant's four-game substance abuse suspension was considered officially completed by the NFL when Bryant sat out the 2007 season.) It looks as if the Bucs will have to look for a breakthrough from Maurice Stovall, a resurgence from Michael Clayton, or help in the draft (DeSean Jackson from Cal, maybe?) to bolster their wide receiver corps.

Is this Tampa Bay team good enough to win the NFC South again in 2008? What do you think?



Posted by Gus Papadopoulos at 3/24/2008 9:14:00 AM
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