The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have 90-players when they enter training camp, 53 when they enter the regular season, and will cycle through a number of guys depending on injuries and other factors. But they won’t have any of the Top-100 players in the league apparently.
For a while now it’s been assumed, but now it’s confirmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no players on the NFL’s Top-100 list.
On Monday night NFL Network aired the final ten spots on the annual player rankings which has gained steam as being the more accurate type of ranking given the fact the players themselves weigh in.
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The favorites to make the list this year were wide receiver Mike Evans (No. 29 in 2017) and Gerald McCoy (No. 52 in 2017).
Meanwhile, quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 57 in 2017) and linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander were considered longshots.
Prior to the 2017 season all three Bucs on the list rose in the rankings with McCoy rising eleven spots and Evans and Winston appearing after being left off the list altogether in 2016.
It was a sign of things to come as the hype surrounding the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers was just getting started.
Appearances on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and many shout-outs as the team to watch from shows like “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network just served to increase the level of excitement surrounding the franchise.
Injuries, defensive ineptitude, lack of a running game and close-game losses derailed all of it, and the repercussions are clear in this batch of player rankings.
Not only are Bucs fans, national and local media all hesitant to allow themselves to get too excited about the team again; now it’s clear the entire league is as well.
I’m sure the players would tell you they aren’t focused on things like rankings and lists. However, it’s human nature to be at least a little hurt when your peers turn their backs on you.
Well, the backs have been turned and the shots have been fired so to speak. What’s done is done, and now it’s time to see how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster responds.