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Showcasing Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Biggest Strengths and Draft Needs
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It was a season of streaks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An early three-game losing streak put them in an early hole. They rebounded to win four straight in the middle of the season. Then, five consecutive losses down the stretch doomed their playoff chances.

In many ways, the team's entire season mirrored the ups and downs of quarterback Josh Freeman. The fourth-year starter continued to show flashes of brilliance, but still lacks the consistency necessary to take his game to the next level.

On defense, the problem was obvious. The Bucs ranked dead last against the pass, giving up just shy of 300 yards per game through the air. That major weakness basically eliminated any advantage they were getting from their top-ranked rush defense.

All told, Tampa Bay is a fringe playoff contender that could use an upgrade in a couple key areas to bolster its chances for next season. Let's examine every area of the roster to see where the team should allocate resources in the offseason.

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