The Buccaneers have accumulated many young offensive players over the last two drafts. More than half of the Bucs' projected offensive starters for 2015 will have been drafted in 2014 or 2015. Some of those same players are poised for breakout seasons in 2015.
Here are the Bucs' likely breakout candidates on offense for 2015:
Charles Sims: Lovie Smith and Jason Licht can talk about Doug Martin all they want, but I firmly believe Sims will be given every opportunity to become the Bucs' feature back. Sims does have quickness and added value in the pass game, but there are significant questions whether he can provide any punch between the tackles. For the Bucs' sake, Sims needs to produce. He was an early 3rd round pick for the Bucs in 2014 when much better options were on the board.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: ASJ seemed confused at times as a rookie, and also dealt with injuries in 2014. Under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Seferian-Jenkins should thrive. Koetter helped Marcedes Lewis and Tony Gonzalez have some of the biggest years they have had in their career. With a rookie quarterback, the best and most reliable weapon is a receiving tight end. Seferian-Jenkins was quiet in 2014, but could explode in 2015.
Ali Marpet: He might be a rookie, but Marpet's potential is outstanding. Can a division 3 offensive lineman make an immediate impact in the NFL? I think so. Marpet is physically gifted with strength and athleticism, while also possessing a unique passion for the game of football. I believe Marpet becomes a starter immediately for the Bucs, and does not relinquish that spot for the next 10 years.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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