Good morning, Bucs fans! Training camp is less than two weeks away, so let’s take a look at today’s headlines to get your Monday off to a strong start.
Speaking of training camp, Bleacher Report has two articles that should gear you up for the team’s return. First up, Kristopher Knox discusses how Jameis Winston is fitting in just right in Tampa. The rookie signal caller has already struck a deal to do “community involvement” charitable efforts with Bill Currie Ford of Tampa. As long as Winston continues to be a good influence in the neighborhood, he will be in red and pewter for a long time.
The second article on Bleacher Report is from Luke Easterling, who breaks down the restructuring of the Bucs’ offensive line following last season’s disastrous campaign. Factors that could lead to the probable improvement of the offensive line include the addition of second round picks Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet and the potential rebound of veterans Logan Mankins and Evan Smith, to name a few. Will all these factors lead to better protection for Winston? Only time will tell.
Next up, we have two articles from Pewter Report. First is the next Bucs Critical Camp Question from Zach Shapiro: Will The Bucs Reach 40 Sacks This Year? Although projected starting defensive ends Jacquies Smith and George Johnson are short on experience, they showed flashes of potential in their limited playing time last season. The team expects the bulk of the pressure to come from their deep stable of defensive tackles: Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Henry Melton and Akeem Spence. The pressure they provide should allow the defensive ends to get one-on-one match-ups. Hopefully, they can take care of the rest.
Nov 16, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) while throwing the ball in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Buccaneers won 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The second item from Pewter Report is another edition of Scott Reynolds’ Fab 5. In this week’s column, he discusses Mike Alstott’s Hall of Fame chances, the myth of the team using the heat to its advantage and more. As usual, the article is full of useful information that every Bucs fan should read.
And lastly, we have a profile of Leonard Johnson from Scout’s Justin Pawlowski. He discusses Johnson’s chances of making the roster after his rocky season last year, and I agree with the sentiment that they are slim. Although Johnson is a local product (he went to nearby Largo High School), he will have to beat out a lot of other talented cornerbacks to make the final roster.
Well, that’s it for this Monday’s edition of Daily Snaps. Check back tomorrow for the Bucs news that you need to know.