It’s all about his contract. SRS: .39 (14th of 32), SOS: -0.18 Offensive Coordinator: Byron Leftwich. As will the additions of edge-rushers Shaquil Barrett in free agency and Anthony Nelson in the fourth round of the draft. The Buccaneers would obviously like more big plays in their rushing attack but the first order of business is to get it back to an every-down reliability. Below is a breakdown of the Buccaneers' depth chart projection for 2019. The Bucs will have four active running backs on Sunday: Vaughn, Ronald … He never had more than 19 catches in a season and finished with a four-year total of 45. Only two things can stop Howard and Cameron Brate from being the NFL's best tight end duo in 2019. With only Doug Martin and Jalen Richard to compete with for snaps, Jacobs should have an impactful rookie season. I know around the league that group may not be looked highly at around the league, but I like where we are at, to be honest with you. Unfortunately, Jones didn't find a lot of space in the early going and that may have slowed down his NFL momentum. Featuring 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Buccaneers RBs include Cadillac Williams, … Marpet, the left guard, might be the best player on the team. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Running Backs Our 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s backfield. According to Pro Football Focus, "since coming into the league in 2015, Winston has maintained the highest average depth of target at 10.8 yards downfield. by Todd Vandenberg 1 year ago Follow @theUnrealTodd. McNair got to Kansas City and immediately racked up 34 receptions for 372 yards as a rookie, followed by four more seasons in which he surpassed 35 catches. They are fast. Wilson got into five games before landing on injured reserve; Ogunbowale played in two later-season contests. He was a vital addition for the Bucs in the wake of McCoy's departure. Arians has taken several opportunities to praise Barber and Licht has said he expects much bigger things from Jones in his second year after a washout of a rookie campaign. Signing Andre Ellington and re-signing Peyton Barber … Backups Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon, the latter a linebacker/safety hybrid, are no slouches, either. Either Jordan Whitehead or Kentrell Brice will be listed as the starting free safety, but expect that position to be fluid. "Obviously here in the past, from what I've been told, the running game hasn't been that great," said Run Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. He played under Arians at Temple in the late '80s and posted modest pass-catching numbers. For him it's working on his approach, learning how to be a pro.". The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. Arians hired Todd Bowles to be his defensive coordinator, and the former Jets head coach brings with him a new base 3-4 defense. That’s not what any team wants from a running back selected in the second round. The Rams basically have an out after 2020. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/f7/jameis-winston-060419-getty-ftrjpg_p0r50hafw2o61jcvixyekww7b.jpg?t=592055403&w=500&quality=80, Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. Jacobs is the sole rookie in my top 25. Tampa also drafted corners in Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean. © TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. Though they finished last in the NFC South last season with a record of 5-11, they field a handful of returning Pro Bowl-caliber players — think Mike Evans, O.J. The Buccaneers' Week 15 list of protected practice squad players is the same as last week: K Greg Joseph, CB Herb Miller and G John Molchon. Defensive Coordinator: Todd Bowles. The nickel corner spot is up in the air; M.J. Stewart, who will be in more of a hybrid position this year, played a lot in that role last season, and Arians likes what he has seen from Ryan Smith. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Behind them, Tampa Bay needs Noah Spence to step up his pass-rushing game. And while it might not be "totally fixed" as Arians suggests, the defensive backs do look better. ", The bad news, also via PFF: "Among the 34 qualifying quarterbacks since 2015, Winston ranks 30th in adjusted completion percentage from his deep attempts, 29th in big-time throw rate, 18th in turnover-worthy play rate, 29th in positively graded play rate and 28th in negatively graded play rate.". That means that if they hope to find a homerun hitter in that group their best bet will be helping Ronald Jones have a breakout second season. Some even have him ranked as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for 2019. The two newcomers are new to Tampa but not Arians. Tweet; Share; x; Pin; Comment; Next 1 of 3 Prev … McNair would seem to be a good mentor in this regard. And this tier gets even uglier with Peterson and Lewis really coming to the end of the line for their days as fantasy running backs. Both Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams last saw regular-season action under Arians with the Cardinals in 2017. Still, it's clear that the Bucs are banking on getting more out of the Barber-Jones duo. Perriman is an interesting experiment and, if he can stay healthy, a potentially perfect addition to this corps with his straight-line speed. That's good news for Tampa Bay's newest defensive lineman. That's a big reason why the Bucs targeted Bunting and Dean in the draft, and it's somewhat of a specialty for Hargreaves. Detroit Lions running back Wes Hills (36) runs for a touchdown during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in Detroit. He is thrust into a great situation, with playmakers all over the field in Oakland. Yesterday Twitter and its Tampa Bay Buccaneers participants set the social outlet ablaze over their debate over former running back Mike Alstott. Tampa Bay's offense was very good at converting third downs in 2018, ranking third in the league with a 46.0% success rate. After the first couple weeks of training camp and preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are starting to see a clearer picture of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man depth chart will look like come Week 1 of the regular season. Key Question: Can Ronald Jones be the one to provide those aforementioned big plays? "We've got some guys that can do something with the football," said Leftwich. "He does some funky things with his hands. ", Arians' history of success working with quarterbacks obviously plays to Winston's advantage, as does the coach's reputation style-wise — "no risk it, no biscuit." The two returners are Dare Ogunbowale and Shaun Wilson, a pair of former undrafted free agents who got their first taste of NFL regular-season action last year, albeit a relatively limited dose. And he no longer has to look over his shoulder at Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is now in Miami. Those roster changes are mostly complete now that the draft is in the past and free agency is in its latter stages. Jones was a second round pick out of USC in 2018 (38th overall), so the Bucs likely believe he’ll see an uptick in production this season under new coach Bruce Arians. Again, Bowles love to blitz, so expect all of these linebackers to get in on the pass-rushing action. "RoJo had 23 carries on the season and 13 of those he got hit at or behind the line of scrimmage," said McNair. Again, the Buccaneers are returning that hopeful 1-2 combo of Barber and Jones but the man who actually spelled Barber most often has moved on. Ellington had the most robust receiving numbers of the two and should get a crack at competing for the third-down job. NFL TIGHT END RANKINGS:Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. Expected W-L: 8.2-7.8. Before his one year with the Rams last season, Suh had almost never played nose guard, but he did well in that role for LA. Tampa Bay's running backs combined to record five carries of 20 or more yards in 2018, the lowest total for any team in the NFL. He and center Ryan Jensen, fresh off contract extensions, return as the rocks of the offensive line. The only sure thing for Tampa Bay in its last line of defense is Justin Evans, who returns as a solid strong safety. We'll need to see improved defensive back play from Tampa Bay before we believe it, but the team at least has some intriguing new pieces. That wasn't because the Bucs were particularly good at creating shorter third downs, however; rather, the passing attack was just very adept at mid-range passing. Jones is a fluid athlete, however, and McNair thinks he can help the young back improve significantly in that part of the game by focusing on his hands. "The tape really makes me have no worries when I watch Peyton play, to be honest with you," said Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich. Chris Godwin likely will record much more than the 59 catches he made last season, as he will spend more time working from the slot in addition to his outside duties. Visit ESPN to view the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team depth chart for the current season Yes, the Buccaneers are transitioning to a 3-4 base defense, but Bowles has said his defense will be multiple — as it should be — and still feature four-man fronts when necessary. Barber ranked ninth in the league in carries last year, but only finished 31st among running backs in PPR scoring. High-volume running backs are harder and harder to find. (Detroit Lions via AP). The Bucs averaged 7.7 net yards per pass attempt, second-best in the NFL. And Winston is not afraid to use his big arm the way Arians will require. On Monday we examined the quarterbacks. Somewhere along the line I learned a game to help with hand placement, that he can start to build the muscle memory of how to place your hands.". While Winston's prove-it season is the biggest storyline in Tampa Bay for 2019, it's only one of many for a team introducing a handful of new players and some scheme changes. The Texans won 23-20. The Buccaneers have several hybrid types in Bucannon, Stewart and rookie Mike Edwards who can play in either nickel/safety roles or linebacker/safety roles. When Tampa goes double tight, which Arians likes to do, expect backup Antony Auclair to play in-line since he is the team's best blocking tight end. Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019… The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. Though some of it was due to game situations – mostly, too many early and big scoreboard deficits – Tampa Bay's ground game never got into any sort of groove, and the timeshare of Barber and Jones certainly did not materialize. And, indeed, McNair says his work with Jones on catching the ball is already paying off, with the second-year back dropping a couple passes at the beginning of Phase 2 of the offseason program (when coaches can start working with players on the field) but none in recent weeks. The Buccaneers' defense had six sacks against the Vikings in Week 14 and Barrett accounted for two of them. It includes every starting running back from throughout Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, including current running backs and past ones. Then check out this list of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs with photos and seasons as starters. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Career Rushing Leaders. The result of all the change is a team that, on paper, should have a chance to compete in its division. Previous Season Next Season. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams. If the Buccaneers can approve on that down-to-down consistency and find a greater number of big plays in the ground game it will be an enormous improvement from last year. MORE: The NFL's most indispensable defenders. 24. All-time Receiving Leader: Mike Evans 510 rec, 7,873 yds, 59 TD Evans is the established stud for the "X" position. The Bucs think they can unlock the big-play potential in Jones that was so evident at USC and made him the 38th pick in the 2018 draft. There may be another back or two in the mix when the Buccaneers officially sign this year's group of undrafted free agents. Find your four and more will come.". Once they officially sign a group of undrafted free agents, the Buccaneers will likely be at or near the 90-man offseason roster limit. Martin had already ceded his starting job to Peyton Barber, an ascending player who originally arrived as an undrafted free agent, and the addition of Jones was supposed to create a productive one-two punch of power and speed. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports . Armwood, Gaither and Jesuit may have their hands full on Friday night. An image from the Dec. 21, 2019 regular season away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His confidence can wane a bit. While Winston's prove-it season is the biggest storyline in Tampa Bay for 2019, it's only one of many for a team introducing a handful of new players and some scheme changes. 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart for all positions. Tampa Bay ranked 29th in rushing, averaging just 95.2 yards per game. A new deal for left tackle Donovan Smith and their picking up the option on right tackle Demar Dotson's contract, though, were tougher calls, as neither starting tackle was graded well by PFF last season despite their durability. The Texans won 23-20. Notable 2018 Numbers: Tampa Bay's average of 95.2 rushing yards per game was fourth-worst in the NFL in 2018, but of a greater concern was the 3.92 yards per carry that put the Bucs second-to-last. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy stacking their offensive backfield for the 2019 season. They are hopeful that Jones can hit the home runs to complement Barber, and that's obviously less of a sure thing. The Bucs also didn't stack up many wins, and as a result a coaching change followed the end of the 2018 season. When you're averaging four yards a carry your offense is efficient. Both briefly possessed the kickoff return job, and that very thing could help them keep a foot in the roster door in 2019. The big change in the backfield came last year, when the team moved on from Doug Martin and, two months later, drafted USC's Ronald Jones early in the second round. 2019 New York Giants training camp preview: Running backs … The Yahoo Fantasy Football crew delivers its list of breakout running backs for 2019, which includes three rookies. "We have to improve that. If all goes as planned, there won't be much change at this position. Winston, now equipped with an aggressive scheme and still armed with big-time deep targets (namely Evans), has no more excuses. He sees it as well, he makes the right cuts, so I'm perfectly fine with having Peyton in.". The Buccaneers like what Peyton Barber can give them in short-yardage situations, and they are still hoping 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones can develop into the playmaker he was at USC. The Bucs fought off the Vikings' attempt to replace them as the NFC's sixth seed and now have a two-game edge over the teams just outside the conference playoff picture. Their third-down work could get even better with shorter attempts; the Buccaneers were 31st in rushing average on first down and 32nd on second down. Jones' seven catches last year came on just nine targets, which is a pretty good catch rate, but he didn't always look fluid in practice in that part of his game. Other Running Backs in Tampa Bay Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019, is a pass-catching specialist and it may seem like the signing of LeSean McCoy … And they are durable. One is injury. Arians, though, doesn't seem to be banking on the latter. 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