Justin Pawlowski (@CommishOnline)
Single Bold Prediction: It involves Jameis Winston and is in the video above.
MVP Prediction: Offense - Jameis Winston, Defense - Henry Melton
If the Bucs offense has any success in 2015 it will likely be because of Jameis Winston. Like it or not, it usually comes back to the quarterback. On defense, I was very tempted to go with another rookie in Kwon Alexander. Instead, I went with Henry Melton as a defensive lineman whom I believe can disrupt an opposing offense throughout an ENTIRE game.
Record Prediction: 9-7
Gil Arcia (@GilArciaTBC)
Single Bold Prediction: Jacquies Smith with 10+ sacks
Last season, the presence of Jacquies Smith was felt when he recorded 6.5 sacks in seven of the last nine games of 2014. He also played a role in helping Gerald McCoy record 8.5 sacks. Smith should be the Buccaneer reaching double digit sacks in 2015.
MVP Prediction: Offense - Vincent Jackson, Defense - Lavonte David
Team captains Vincent Jackson and Lavonte David will be headliners throughout their respective seasons. With Jameis Winston throwing the football, Jackson should hit 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth consecutive season and Lavonte David's stellar play on the field will earn him his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
Record Prediction: 7-9
Wins will be hard to come by this season for the Buccaneers but they will show lots of improvement. Wins will come against Tennessee, split Carolina and Atlanta, two against New Orleans, Jacksonville and Chicago.
Kyle Marks (@Kyle_on_Scout)
Single Bold Prediction: Doug Martin 1,500 Total Yards
Martin has battled injuries the past two seasons but looks to be in great shape heading into a contract year in 2015. Martin was steadily the best back in the pre-season and should see the bulk majority of the touches out of Tampa's backfield. With Winston helping out the pass attack and draft picks Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet added to the line, Martin has a younger and hopefully, more improved line in front of him. The team added a right tackle to the mix and hopes to field a more complete line ahead of Martin. If Martin's body holds up, 1,500 yards between the ground and air aren't out of the question.
MVP Prediction: Offense - , Defense - George Johnson
While the fanbase is all about Famous Jameis, it'll be a familiar face that leads the offense as it's MVP. Doug Martin has looked rejuvinated and for good reason, it's contract time. Martin should be the beneficiary of the added talent at quarterback and the offensive line as teams focus on stopping the dynamic duo at wide receiver. Martin will make a bid for the pro bowl if all things go as planned for the offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, I'm rolling with George Johnson. The team found Jacquies Smith last season and alongside Gerald McCoy he had a respectable season. Still, it wasn't enough. After a late round pick was given to Detroit for George Johnson, the Bucs hope to have found their other defensive end. Look for George Johnson, not Jacquies Smith, to push for double digit sacks in 2015 as he helps lead the defensive front back to respectability.
Record Prediction: 6-10
Despite many reasons for optimism, I've struggled to find more than 6 games I'm confident in this team winning. I'm expecting to see a lot of growth on the field and a favorable schedule early on surely could change the overall seasons outlook a lot, but for now this team has a lot to prove. Wins over Tennessee, Jacksonville and Chicago should be attainable as well as splitting against the division rival New Orleans Saints series and a sweep of the Falcons in 2015.