Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) is congratulated by middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) after he made a sack against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Plank Predictions: 2013 Defensive Projections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The new season is just days away at this point, which means it’s time to start projecting and predicting how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do in 2013.

So in part two of my projections, I will post the defensive statistics I am projecting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’ll post them all, and then point out some key elements afterwards.

Tkl Ast Sack TFL FF FR TD INT TD
Da’Quan Bowers 27 12 6.5 16 2 0 0 0 0
Adrian Clayborn 34 8 10.5 14 3 1 0 0 0
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim 10 4 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0
William Gholston 8 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tkl Ast Sack TFL FF FR TD INT TD
Gerald McCoy 28 12 5 13 2 0 0 0 0
Akeem Spence 21 3 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
Derek Landri 7 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Tkl Ast Sack TFL FF FR TD INT TD
Dekoda Watson 35 15 2.5 4 0 1 0 0 0
Mason Foster 90 20 1 14 1 1 0 0 0
Lavonte David 127 29 4 26 2 1 0 1 0
Jonathan Casillas 17 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Tkl Ast Sack TFL FF FR TD INT TD
Darrelle Revis 41 11 0 2 2 1 0 4 1
Johnthan Banks 55 11 1 4 1 1 0 5 0
Leonard Johnson 24 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Danny Gorrer 12 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Michael Adams 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tkl Ast Sack TFL FF FR TD INT TD
Mark Barron 77 14 1 7 2 2 1 2 1
Dashon Goldson 68 13 0 3 3 1 0 3 0
Ahmad Black 25 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Here are some key takeaways:

Lavonte David is the centerpiece of the defense, as his ability to get into the backfield and make plays will increase in 2013, leading to more tackles, more tackles for loss, and a couple more sacks as well. He and Mason Foster will both see a slight uptick in tackles, as they will be on the field most frequently for the Buccaneers’ linebacking corps for the second year running.

But don’t count out Dekoda Watson. He has the ability to rush the passer, which means we may see him coming after the quarterback more than Quincy Black ever did. That’s why I am expecting him to throw in a couple of sacks for the Buccaneers’ defense.

But the big steps forward for the Bucs’ defense will be on the defensive line, where Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn will combine for 17 sacks. This will be a huge boost compared to last season, when the Buccaneers struggled to get after the opposing signal caller. As a whole, the team is projected for 36 sacks in my outlook for the season, which will likely still be below league average.

And finally, in the defensive backfield, Mark Barron takes over many of the playmaking responsibilities from Ronde Barber, meaning he will chip in some fumble recoveries and interceptions, and will find the end zone twice. He’s joined by Johnthan Banks, who takes advantage of the “Revis Effect” and hauls in his first 5 interceptions of his NFL career.

What are your thoughts? What are some of your bold predictions? Let us know in the comments below.

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