The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in for an interesting upcoming season. They have a nice mix of veterans and youngsters, but with a fairly inexperienced Josh Freeman at quarterback, their season will depend on if he is ready to lead this squad to some victories.
Freeman, 22, will be one of the youngest starting quarterbacks in the NFL. With great power comes great responsibility, and this will be his shot to show why the Bucs used a first round draft pick on him in 2009. He needs to make good decisions on the field, and eliminate those rookie mistakes that hampered him last year.
There will be some new faces on the roster this year, specifically on their receiving corps. Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are both going to be used this season, and they have huge potential. Expect at least one of them to step up and produce solid numbers.
Defense is another question mark for the Bucs this season. Gerald McCoy was drafted 3rd overall, so all eyes will be on him this season. Roy Miller and Stylez G. White will also be returning, so expect some solid run defense. Their pass defense could be a problem, as Ronde Barber isn't getting any younger. Still, with Aqib Talib improving every year, and Tanard Jackson seeking redemption, I expect a decent season from their defensive backs.
No matter what happens this year, it will be fun to watch. Will the Bucs be good enough to clinch a playoff berth? EXTREMELY doubtful. They just aren't there yet. Still, they will be better than most people anticipate, and expect them to be a winning team in a few years.