The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years. In fact, in six of the past eight years, they’ve finished last in their division. But a change may be coming.
Last year, the Bucs just barely missed out on the playoffs. They finished with the exact same record as the playoff-bound Detroit Lions (9-7). In fact, they finished with the same conference record (7-5) as the Lions, too. The only reason they missed out on the postseason was because their record in common games with the Lions was worse (3-2 vs. 2-3).
But the Bucs come into 2017 with a lot of positive momentum from the press and their fans. Many peg Tampa Bay as a not only a playoff team this upcoming year, but potentially a division winner in the competitive NFC South.
To find out more about why the Buccaneers have so much positive press around them, we asked Bucs Nation to give us an update on their 2017 offseason.
Notable free agent additions: WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Baker, S J.J. Wilcox, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Notable free agent departures: S Bradley McDougald, QB Mike Glennon, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Russell Shepard
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, WR Chris Godwin, RB Jeremy McNichols
Biggest offseason addition: WR DeSean Jackson
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Will Roberto Aguayo get unseated by Nick Folk? Yes, kickers are the biggest storyline. Also, “Hard Knocks.”
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Safety: Justin Evans, J.J. Wilcox, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could all earn a starting job, so which two will come out on top?
Notable injuries heading into training camp: No severe ones. A few that should be healthy by training camp: Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith, J.J. Wilcox, Justin Evans most notably.
Thanks to Bucs Nation for the answers. The two teams will face off Dec. 10 in Tampa Bay, where the Lions have won two straight.
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