If you’ve noticed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 receiving corps has an eerily similar feel to the 2013 Chicago Bears wideouts then you’re not mistaken.
Last season, Josh McCown threw to Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall, who are 6’3 and 6’4 respectively. Their tight end was 6’6 Martellus Bennett. It resulted in McCown having his best year as a pro.
With McCown now under center for the Bucs, he is looking for similar targets. Vincent Jackson, 6’5, was already on the roster. In the draft, Tampa selected Mike Evans, a 6’5 wide receiver, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 6’6 tight end. Jackson and Evans have already been dubbed the “Twin Towers” by Bucs general manager Jason Licht.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was a comfort zone in that,” McCown said of having big targets to pass too. “It’s very similar [to Chicago], at least on paper. There’s still a lot of work to do. We have to get out there and … learn the offense and we have to start building together, but it was good.”
According to the Tampa Tribune, McCown worked out with Jackson and Evans today, with the two wideouts lining up opposite one another.
Lovie Smith has acknowledged himself that McCown was in our ear about getting as many tall wideouts as possible.
It comes as no surprise that McCown wants as many tall wideouts possible. There’s a reason he was so successful in Chicago last year.
Also, it’s a major advantage for the Bucs moving forward to have tall wideouts, as no matter who is under center, whether it be McCown, Mike Glennon or even Brett Smith, they will have big targets to aim for which will no doubt be beneficial.
Since McCown played so well in 2013 with tall receivers, the hope now for Lovie Smith and co. is that the same scenario plays out in 2014 and since he has the big targets he craves, the stage is set to replicate last season’s form.