Pewter Plank on NFL.com

Once a week NFL.com features one of our articles exclusively in their Bl0g Blitz. You can’t read it here, part of the agreement is it only goes on their site, so follow the link below and check it out. This week’s installment focuses on the challenges facing the Buccaneers this off-season. Being the youngest team in the NFL doesn’t end at the end of the year. Now comes the hard part. The Buccaneers are loaded with promise and potential but one slip-up, one off-season mistake can throw everything into question.

For many of the Bucs young players this off-season will be the first time they are with a new contract and without much supervision or responsibility for a little while. This is where you see NFL players run into trouble. Despite the strides made by the Bucs rookie class, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why the Bucs need to keep their focus this offseason, but it also helps to have a leader like Josh Freeman.

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