Expectations already running high for 2017 Buccaneers offense

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TAMPA – The Buccaneers slumped a bit on offense last year. After setting a franchise record by racking up 6,014 yards during Dirk Koetter’s first year as head coach in 2015, the Bucs fell about 450 yards shy of that all-time mark during the 2016 season.

Most around the NFL agree, though, that despite last season’s slight slide, the Bucs offense is trending upward. One analyst in particular believes the Bucs attack will take a big leap into the league’s elite this year.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com recently put together a list of what he believes will be the NFL’s 10 most potent offenses in 2017, and while he doesn’t quite have them in the same class as the Patriots, Falcons and Raiders, Wesseling warns to beware of the Bucs nonetheless.

The Bucs came in at No. 10 in Wesseling’s rankings with quarterback Jameis Winston and the running backs earning B grades while the receiving corps earned an A and the offensive line earned a C.

The Bucs were the only team in the Top 10 to have a position group earn a grade of C, which suggests they might have been ranked a bit higher had Wesseling thought a little more of the Bucs offensive line.

That is the unit most believe to be the Bucs weakness, but we’ve noted here before that the Bucs believe their offensive line is a lot better than most outsiders, and we’re not so sure their wrong.

What is indisputable, of course, is the fact the Bucs got better on offense this offseason by adding wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin, tight end O.J. Howard and running back Jeremy McNichols.

There’s little doubt then that on paper at least the Bucs do indeed have the makings of what could easily be not only the best offense in franchise history but one of the best in the NFL for years to come.

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