We are less than two weeks from training camp and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to contend for the NFC South championship. Which players will have the most crucial roles in making that a reality?
Now, before this starts let’s make one thing clear: this is not the five best players. This is not the five players that will have the biggest seasons. These are the five players on the Buccaneers that need to step up, do their job, and excel in their role in order for the Bucs to have success.
Also, let it be known that Jameis Winston is not included. We all know how important he is to the success of this team. We all know how vital the quarterback position is. Hell, the Bucs haven’t had one in over forty years. So no, Jaboo is a not appearing on this countdown.
For a team that was 6-6 and in the playoff hunt heading into the final month of the season in 2015, the Buccaneers are a team that has a lot of improving to do and wholesale changes to adapt to. New head coach, new defensive scheme, new players, and the highest expectations from fans since 2011 when they came off a 10-win season, narrowly missing the playoffs.
Which players can help get them over the hump? Which players can help them get their first winning record since 2010? Who is going to step up and help lead this team into the future where the Bucs are no longer a laughingstock, but a consistent contender for the division as well as in the postseason?
Next: Number Five