The 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their first win of the new year against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Granted, it’ll go away in a few weeks, but to say it doesn’t count would be inaccurate.
For the all 32 NFL teams, including the Buccaneers themselves, the preseason is much more than wins and losses.
At the end of the day, it’s all about building the future and understanding what – or who – you have to look forward to if the depth chart needs tapping in to.
This time of year, is focused on getting veteran players re-acclimated with timing, language, and just the nuances of playing the game. It’s also about incorporating the new vets brought in off the free-agent market.
Of course, we’re also looking at rookies. Those guys drafted from the college ranks to set the foundation of a dynasty. Some will bust, and some will boom. How many of each you get is what will eventually set the team apart.
Finally, the undrafted guys, or the vets nobody else wanted. This is where general managers like Jason Licht make their money.
In the end, the aim is the same. Whether you’re the franchise quarterback or the undrafted long-snapper.
Play well, and you’ll play more. Let’s look at each position group to see how each did.