If you take one look at the ages on the defensive side of the ball for the Buccaneers, you'll notice that just one player (Mike Jenkins) is 30 years old or older. The Bucs are loaded with youth on defense, and, in return, plenty of options for breakout players in 2015.
Here are the Bucs' likely breakout candidates on defense for 2015:
Lavonte David: Before you start to freak out and write to me on social media that I'm an idiot, hear me out. We all know as Bucs' fans that Lavonte David is a great player. This is the year that the rest of the NFL finds out. I think there can be different levels of breakout players, and David could breakout and take over the Bucs defense in 2015. The Bucs' defense has always been considered Gerald McCoy's defense, but I think this is the year Lavonte David makes it his defense, and that will be a good thing for Tampa Bay.
Johnthan Banks: Banks has steadily improved over his first few seasons in the NFL. He has the size to match up with the bigger receivers in the NFL, especially within the NFC South. Banks is on the verge of becoming a big time player, and 2015 could be the year he breaks out in a big way. Banks had 4 interceptions in 2014.
Bradley McDougald: McDougald received some playing time last year and took advantage of it. He's a bigger safety who can make plays all over the field. The Bucs need more turnovers in their secondary, and McDougald may be the person to get that job done. With a full year of Lovie's defense under his belt, McDougald should be much more comfortable in 2015.
Jacquies Smith: Smith was a pleasant surprise in 2014 when he totaled 6.5 sacks after not playing much until week 9. I think it's very safe to call Smith a potential breakout candidate for 2015. I don't think there are many Bucs fans that can remember the last time a defensive end totaled 10 sacks in a season. If Smith continues the play he had at the end of 2014, he should reach double-digit sacks in 2015.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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