Bleacher Report completely disrespects Buccaneers in 2024 NFL offense rankings

The Bucs continue to get overlooked.
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It's a new season, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' disrespect is no different.

Forget that they have won three straight NFC South titles—including last year without Tom Brady—and won at least one playoff game in three of the past four seasons. Everybody continues to expect the worst.

Remember when the Buccaneers were supposed to finish with a top-five draft pick and take a quarterback? They silenced their critics by reaching the NFC's final four and eliminating the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tampa Bay's offense has the chance to take a step forward in 2024, but the disrespect continues.

Buccaneers receive no love in Bleacher Report NFL offense rankings

Following the 2024 NFL Draft, Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine has ranked all 32 NFL offenses. It doesn't take long to find the Buccaneers, who are all the way down at No. 22.

Tampa Bay is below the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and even the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved on from just about every top receiver for Justin Herbert this offseason.

"However, the offense was really reliant on the trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and running back Rachaad White," writes Ballentine. "Compared to the offenses ahead of them, they just don't have many weapons that are going to scare defenses."

Wait, what? Not many weapons that are going to scare defenses? How about the three players mentioned?

Mike Evans is a future Hall-of-Famer with 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and Chris Godwin is coming off three straight 1,000-yard years of his own. Rachaad White fell 10 yards short of also hitting that milestone in rushing last season.

Ballentine has Arizona ranked higher in part because it "gave [Kyler] Murray a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver in Marvin Harrison Jr." The Buccaneers didn't need to add a No. 1 receiver this offseason because they already have two of them.

The Buccaneers did upgrade the receiving corps by using a third-round pick on Jalen McMillan, who is already turning heads on the practice field.

Let's talk about the offensive line. Tampa Bay has one of the league's best tackle pairings with Tristan Wirfs, an All-Pro on the left side, and Luke Goedeke, who is coming off an outstanding year. They added Graham Barton in the first round, who offers Pro Bowl potential at center and has five-position versatility along the line.

Baker Mayfield is coming off his first 4,000-yard passing season and set a new career-high with 28 touchdown passes. With better play from the offensive line and having spent a year building chemistry with his receivers, Mayfield can get even better this season.

The Buccaneers will prove a lot of people wrong, but that's nothing new.

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