Buccaneers shock the NFL world with Antonio Brown signing
By Rob Leeds
This signing should change the Buccaneer offense for the better. The days of running the football on first down should be long gone, as Tom Brady has more weapons at his disposal than any other QB in history.
If Bruce Arians makes the correct decision, Tampa Bay should move on from the 12 personnel sets and become a 10 or 11 personnel team. The Bucs should try to keep three receivers on the field at a time, and Rob Gronkowski can continue to return to his prior form in his current role.
The 12 personnel sets won’t work as well now from an efficiency standpoint. Cameron Brate is good, but very few fans would want him on the field over Brown. This would require Bruce Arians to make some changes, but that’s what good coaches and offensive coordinators do.
Brate, Miller, and Johnson will all see their share of targets decrease, and Tampa Bay could start throwing the football more often. They wouldn’t need to throw 50 times a game, but getting up into the high 30s or mid 40s each game would lend itself to an analytics-based game plan.
The Buccaneer offense has improved again with this next free agent signing. No team will be able to stack the box against this receiver group, which will actually open up the run game even more. Brown won’t get a ton of targets per game, but his ability to make the most of his opportunities will help the Bucs out in a significant way.