Buccaneers: Offensive X-factor we simply can’t ignore in 2020

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One X-factor we simply can’t ignore for the Buccaneers in 2020

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2020 season as one of the favorites to compete not only for a spot in the playoffs, but for a championship.

While there has been plenty of discussion surrounding new Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and his plethora of talented skill-position options, there is one spot that simply hasn’t been discussed enough.

The Buccaneers drafted OT Tristan Wirfs in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

While there are many X-factors when looking at this offense- and we will discuss all of them in long-form here in the offseason- Wirfs may be the greatest X-factor of the season and we simply can’t ignore the impact the rookie is going to make on this year for the Buccaneers- for better or for worse.

The Buccaneers need Wirfs to perform at a high level

There’s no questioning that Tristan Wirfs has the talent to come in and compete right away, but the question is to what extent.

While it’s a basic guarantee that Wirfs will be the starter at right tackle for the Buccaneers this season, there’s much more to this than seeing him listed as the first-stringer on the depth chart. Tampa Bay needs Wirfs to be successful against some of the top edge-rushers in the league this season.

He won’t have to protect Tom Brady’s blindside– which is a plus that will lead to less pressure being placed on the rookie- he is the missing piece to make this offense work.

If Wirfs can’t do a good job in both pass-protection and in the running game, the offense fails. It’s as simple as that.

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While none of our eyes will be on the rookie after the first couple of games in the season, there’s no doubt that he is the true X-factor that we all simply can’t ignore.