Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview
The Bucs are coming off a 9-7 that saw them win the NFC South. They were pretty quiet this offseason, with the exception of being a player in the #4 saga.
Offensively they are pretty old. Jeff ”Cherry” Garcia is 38. Joey Galloway will turn 37 this November. Ike Hilliard is 32. Michael Clayton sucks. Oops, how did that slip in there. That’s your passing attack. Some old heads and some scraps. Antonio Bryant came over from San Francisco, and he could provide a boost to their passing game. Their ground game will again be led by overachieving Earnest Graham. He took advantage of a break last year to rack up over 1200 total yards and 10 TDs. Not too shabby if I say so myself. The Bucs brought Warrick Dunn, who’s 33, to share the load. Michael Bennett will probably get worked into the mix as well. Alex Smith showed some promise at Tight End.
Their Defense is anchored by Derrick Brooks, imagine that. He put together a 109 tackle season. Barrett Ruud (114 tackles) and Cato June helped round out a solid Linebacking corps. Jermaine Phillips (83 tackles, 4 picks) was a solid contributor at Strong Safety. Phillip Buchanon and Ronde Barber round out a stellar secondary. Greg White, Jovan Haye, and Gaines Adams provided a nice pass rush. I expect even bigger things for Adams in his Sophomore year.
Cherry Garcia does just enough to pick up victories. He doesn’t turn the ball over and let’s his strong Defense go to work for him. That combo will be enough for the Bucs to pick up another nine or ten wins this year. They will make the Wildcard and be immediately shown the door. At least they are getting invited to the dance.
Fantasy-wise Tampa has little to offer. Garcia is only good during the bye week of your starting QB. If you’re going to roll with him make sure he has a nice matchup that week. Earnest Graham has great potential if he can prove last year wasn’t a fluke. Joey Galloway is the weapon you’ll want in the passing game. I won’t endorse Antonio Bryant fully, but he is worth considering.