According to Brooks, the Bucs receive a grade of A-, which is the highest grade in the NFC South. Brooks says that GM Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith didn’t exactly do what was expected of them, but both Licht and Smith are being very sneaky in their strategy. Just because they didn’t focus on the defense in the draft, don’t underestimate their plan.
Since Smith has a reputation for seeking out tough defensive units, the Bucs are expected to be pretty strong in that department, come fall. But don’t push offense to the back burner. With the No. 7 pick in wide receiver Mike Evans, Smith knows what he’s doing. Evans has already shown to be a necessary addition to Josh McCown’s offense.
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The team also has a couple basketball stars. Evans and new tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins both have basketball backgrounds that help them succeed on the field. NFL.com says that both guys are red-zone weapons with sizable strength and exquisite ball skills.
After finishing at the bottom last year in total offense, Tampa Bay is concocting what could be an incredible turnaround in 2014.
It’s because of that, the Bucs get top honors from Brooks and other evaluators.
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