Buccaneers need to focus on important unfilled position to win
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers have been one of the worst franchises in the NFL on the special teams end for the better part of a decade now. This needs to change.
The main returner for punts and kicks is one of the current jobs for the Buccaneers with the least certainty going forward. Who that starter will be is a complete mystery as it stands, but it is a position that needs a talented and defined option going forward if the Bucs want to win in 2022.
Special teams production on both sides of the ball has been abysmal for Tampa for a while now. Various stretches of Bradley Pinion and Ryan Succop was able to help on the kicking end, but the other side has left plenty to be desired.
The Buccaneers can’t get a quality return man for anything. Plenty of free agents and new faces have come in over the past few years to almost no success. The return drought is still there. The yards per return aren’t there.
Most other teams would actually be better off kicking to the Bucs and letting the return happen more often than not if they want to see their opponent start with worse field position.
While special teams is way less than an actual third of the game, struggling in this area is one of the things that holds a dominant team like the Bucs back.
It looks like both jobs are going to be wide open in training camp, and the team will be much better off if they hold as open a tryout as possible to let one guy or guys shine through that should handle the role.
No one stands out on the roster just yet as the favorite, but it is more than fair to assume that someone will earn a spot on the team simply by doing well in this area when presented with the chance.
Keep an eye on the young guys to fight for a spot this way, but a veteran could step us as well.
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