The next coach on the list is tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. Roberts is entering his second season with the Bucs, after spending the 2007-2008 season with the Cleveland Browns. Roberts coached Kellen Winslow while he was in Cleveland and followed him when he was traded to Tampa, and the results have exceeded all expectations for the Bucs.
Winslow was Freeman’s primary target last season, catching 77 passes and 884 yards, both were franchise records. Roberts helps the tight ends with their route running and moving with the ball after the catch, key fundamentals but very important. Along with Winslow, the Bucs have Jerramy Stevens and others that provide depth and some play making ability (with unproven receivers this season again, tight ends will be Freeman’s primary targets).
Roberts also worked with another great tight end while in Jacksonville, Mercedes Lewis, who is becoming a good pass catcher as well (Roberts has proven he is an excellent coach). Roberts continues to work hard with the tight ends as they become one of the primary weapons for Freeman and the West Coast style offense that the Bucs will be shifting more to this season. Roberts is a key member to the coaching staff and his intense coaching will yield great results on the field this season.
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