NFL Power Rankings: Steelers rise and Texans fall flat in July
By Will Lomas
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (finished 18)
What I said at the end of last season:
"Don’t get confused, this team is incredibly troubled at the most important position in the NFL. Jameis Winston isn’t the answer in Tampa unless the question is: Who is the only QB to throw 30+ TDs and INTs. However, it is so hard not to be impressed with Bruce Arians and the receivers that have managed to make the most out of Jameis Winston. Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Breshad Perriman all looked really good when called upon this year. The front seven of the defense should be one of the best in the NFL if they keep everyone. That would mean that you get Shaq Barrett, Vita Vea, Devin White, Lavonte David, and Jason Pierre-Paul all capable of making big plays. If the Bucs can find a way to get better at QB and get something from their DBs, then they are in good shape for next year."
The Bucs kept their EDGE tandem intact and added Tristan Wirfs in the draft, so they were always going to move up a few spots in the power rankings. The biggest issue for Tampa Bay was finding literally any quarterback who wasn’t Jameis Winston, and they did that.
Will Tom Brady be good this year? No. But will he lean hard on his WRs who have the ability to make him look great? Yes.
Fewer turnovers, a more efficient offense and one of the more talented defensive units in the NFL should help the Bucs compete for a playoff in a tough division.