Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
- NFC South
- Raymond James Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bruce Arians
- Offensive Coordinator
- Byron Leftwich
- Defensive Coordinator
- Todd Bowles
- Special Teams Coach
- Keith Armstrong
- Defensive Scheme
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said that the team doesn't think quarterback Tom Brady's skills have diminished or that he'll have any trouble playing in head coach Bruce Arians' vertical passing scheme. "Well, the tape to us showed that he had plenty of arm," Licht said. "We felt that he had the ideal arm for Bruce and his system. He can still throw it deep." The GM also said that they think Brady could play for them for over two years. No. 12 had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career in 2019, but in all fairness to him, he didn't have much to work with in the passing game outside of Julian Edelman. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as his new top receivers, Brady has a real chance to bounce back, even at his age. However, don't just assume he'll return to his glory days either. He'll be a great fantasy backup with the chance for some nice QB1 games along the way.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that the team will look to bring in a "pass-catching back" in free agency and/or the draft to complement running back Ronald Jones II. Jones was brutal in his rookie season but stepped up in his sophomore campaign to run 172 times for 724 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in 16 games (nine starts). He was splitting time with Peyton Barber, although he was the much better back for most of the season. He corralled 31 passes for 309 yards in the passing game, but his pass blocking still leaves a lot to be desired, and Tampa can't afford mistakes with Tom Brady under center in 2020. If Jones is sharing touches once again, especially through the air, it'll significantly lower his fantasy ceiling. Just because Brady is in town won't necessarily mean that Jones will break out. Don't overpay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians shut down the possibility of free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown landing with the Bucs on Thursday. "Theres no room and probably not enough money. Its just not going to happen here. Its not a fit here," Arians said. New quarterback Tom Brady is close with Brown and reportedly wanted him to follow him to his new home in Tampa, but that won't be happening. For one, it's not even known if the NFL will have Brown back amid all of his off-field issues and ongoing investigations. It was mostly a pipe dream all along after Brady and Brown played in one game together for the Patriots in 2019. Having Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as his top two receivers is already a huge upgrade on what Brady was working with in Boston last year.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal worth $8 million, according to sources. Suh wanted to return to play for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The 33-year-old managed 41 tackles (22 solo), seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, four passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in his first year in Tampa in 2019. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro is no longer in his prime, but Suh can still be a force in the middle of Tampa's defensive line in his second season with them. Tampa's defense probably won't be drafted in most leagues, but they're slowly building and improving.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers restructured tight end Cameron Brate's contract in order to keep him around. Brate was due to make $6 million in 2020, with $4 million of that being guaranteed on Sunday. He has scored 27 touchdowns with the team in the last five years, including four touchdowns in 2019 on 36 receptions for 311 yards in 16 games (six starts). He should be a key red-zone weapon for quarterback Tom Brady in 2020, but his fantasy ceiling will be limited as long as O.J. Howard is around. As long as he's sharing tight end duties, he's unlikely to match his high-water mark of 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. Brate will be a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE2.