TAMPA – Who scares you?
That question has been asked a lot of the players who have made up the Buccaneers offense over the years and the answer, even during their Super Bowl, season was more often than not, no one.
Well, that has changed. The Bucs under general manager Jason Licht have built up what figures to be one of the most talented, diverse and lethal offensive attacks the Bucs have ever had.
That’s how many inside and outside of One Buc Place feel and one those outsiders is NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks, who has given the Bucs a place in his rankings of the league’s most feared position groups.
And it’s a prominent place as well, Brooks rating the Bucs receiving corps featuring Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and rookie tight end O.J. Howard as the fifth-most feared position group in the league.
“When the Buccaneers paired one of the best young WR1s in the game with one of the most prolific big-play threats in NFL history, they guaranteed defensive coordinators around the league will hear plenty of frustrating cannon fire when they stand on the sidelines of Raymond James Stadium,’’ Brooks wrote.
“The combination of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson is arguably the best 1-2 punch in the league, with each pass catcher capable of flipping the field with a big play against one-on-one coverage. If opponents attempt to double-team the tandem with Cover 2 or an exotic bracket-coverage combination, the Bucs have a pair of playmaking tight ends (Cameron Brate and first-round pick O.J. Howard) with the athleticism and movement skills to terrorize opponents between the hashes and in the red zone.
“With an underrated ‘chain mover’ like Adam Humphries also available to wear out nickel defenders in the slot, the Buccaneers‘ dynamic receiving corps will allow Jameis Winston to ring up dizzying fantasy numbers as the director of one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses.’’
Terrorize. When’s the last time you heard anyone, even the most devout Bucs fan, say a Bucs offense has the ability to that. As we noted, not even during their Super Bowl run did anyone say that about the Bucs.
And Brooks doesn’t even point out that there’s actually a little more to the Bucs receiving corps than the likes of Evans, Jackson and their tight end combo of Brate and Howard.
Let’s keep in mind that the Bucs have reason to be very excited about rookie receiver Chris Godwin as well as the expected return to health of running backs Charles Sims and Doug Martin.
There’s little doubt that the Bucs have an offense capable of breaking all their franchise yardage and scoring records and that they are going to be well worth the price of admission to a Bucs game this year and perhaps for many years to come.