NFL.com did a training camp preview of the Buccaneers on Sunday, making a few key predictions about their upcoming season.
NFL.com jumps right into whether or not the addition of Bucs' new offensive coordinator Todd Monken will help in improving the play of both tight end Austin Seferian Jenkins and wide receiver Mike Evans. The piece says that Evans' talent level is "out of this world," and that Monken can "put his stamp on the team's biggest weapon," aka Evans, per NFL.com.
Roberto Aguayo, who was selected considerably early in this year's draft for being a kicker, was also a topic and says some "will demand perfection." I agree that a lot of critics of the pick will want Aguayo to hit every single 50-plus yard field goal in order for him to be worth the massive investment.
"While many bemoaned general manager Jason Licht's decision, it made sense to us," writes Connor Orr of NFL.com. "If you have a glaring weakness at the highest-scoring position on your team and the best player is still available, take him."
Orr concludes his column with a prediction of the Bucs at least improving from 6-10 from last year to .500 at a minimum this year. This is pretty reasonable, because while the talent level of Tampa's roster has been significantly upgraded, they still face a bear of a schedule this season with games against the Seahawks, Broncos, Cardinals and Chiefs, not to mention two meetings with the Panthers. That's not to say that all of those games will be automatic losses by any means, but it will certainly be a challenging season for the Bucs if they want to earn a playoff spot come the postseason.
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