TAMPA – One Buc Place was all abuzz on Saturday. The largest and loudest crowd the Buccaneers have drawn to training camp this year came out for what was also one of the more exciting workouts.
For one of the few times this year, the offense actually got the better of the defense, putting on a show that prompted NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger to say the buzz around the Bucs is “real.’’
“Bucs buzz is definitely real,’’ Balidinger told Florida Football Insiders. “I mean, show me an area of weakness with this team right now. I’m not sure there is one.’’
Baldinger’s comments came on a day when the Bucs showed off what many believe will be one of their greatest strengths – their newfound ability to make big plays in the passing game.
Quarterback Jameis Winston connected twice during a red-zone drill with new wideout DeSean Jackson and also hit Jackson in stride with a deep ball down the right sideline.
Baldinger says the strong emphasis the Bucs have placed on building their offense around Winston while also addressing some of their more glaring needs on defense is about to pay off in a big way.
“On defense, at safety and corner, they’ve got better depth there now,’’ Baldinger said. “And this (Kendell) Beckwith kid is going to help them and so is this (Chris) Godwin kid.
“I think they’re well-coached, the talent is there and the quarterback – I think Jameis Winston, took a step up last year and I think he’s going to take another step up this year.’’
Baldinger suggested that the key to Winston’s improvement is consistency. He specifically noted rectifying Winston’s penchant for throwing interceptions in bunches before correcting the problem.
“He just has to finish (drives) better, finish games better,’’ Baldinger said. “But I think he can do that now because he’s got so much good talent around him.
“I mean, sometimes last year Mike Evans was the only guy he had in the red zone. But now he’s got O.J. Howard and DeSean and Godwin. He’s got real pieces now and you’ve got depth at running back.
“(Jacquizz Rodgers) was a nice pickup there last year, so they can do it by committee depending on what happens with Doug (Martin). They’ve got three or four guys there now that can do the job, so I like what I see.’’