So the NFL Draft Daily is flabbergasted, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have really gone out of their way to practically solve almost any and every key issue on the team. So with our analysis in this article, we are just going to get a little nit picky with the new front office and find any holes in General Manager, Jason Licht’s, plan. Lovie Smith and crew will install a new Tampa two defensive zone scheme which fits perfectly for new corners Mike Jenkins and Alterraun Verner. Verner was one of the more highly touted corners on the market and the Buccaneers were smart to go ahead and pick him up. He is the type of corner who can play it all on defense, but he has always excelled on dropping back in zones and keying in on the quarterback; which will fit well with the defense the Buccaneers are in the process of assembling this summer. Michael Johnson was a key pick up for their defensive pass rush, Josh McCown had an excellent season backing up Jay Cutler, Anthony Collins at left tackle was a solid acquisition; and getting rid of Darrelle Revis and his huge contract was about the smartest move for the Buccaneers all off season.
Like noted earlier, finding issues issues with the new approach in Tampa is going to be difficult. The recent signing of nickel corner Mike Jenkins to the Buccaneers, takes care of the needs I addressed earlier in the Draft portion for the Bucs in NFL Draft Daily. Keep in mind though, the contract is only a one year deal, they will need to find a long term solution in the very near future. A slot wide receiver would be very beneficial as well, with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams controlling the edges. The Buccaneers may use that addition to also solve their return mystery on special teams. The Bucs would like to add a speedy inside wide receiver to use in three wide receiver sets and possibly return punts and kickoffs, filling two needed positions with one player. Possible additions could be had at the linebacker spots and on the interior offensive line; in which all positions mentioned could be resolved when Tampa Bay selects their players in the draft.
This was, by far, an A+ free agency off season by the new general manager and coach. All indications have presumed the Bucs are the team to possibly take large strides going into next season, but as everyone has heard before, free agency does not win you championships. The team still has quite a ways to go, but this free agency period has given the team much needed breathing room for selecting the best player available when they draft. All moves are a step in the right direction in competing in a hotly contested division, the Buccaneers just have to keep the tempo up and and continue heading for a brighter future under their new regime.
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Commentary by Justin Huffman