5 dream scenarios for the Buccaneers in 2024

If all goes according to plan, and the Bucs even get some help, dreams might just become a reality.
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2. Saints stay mediocre, Panthers still have work to do

It wouldn't be a dream season if the Bucs didn't see their divisonal foes struggle at least a little bit, right? For simplicity's sake, let's just assume the Panthers once again have a tough season and finish with a bottom-five record. The Bucs won't have to worry much about Carolina. They've got a long way to go.

The New Orleans Saints seem stuck in mediocrity, and they have the perfect quarterback for such a situation. Derek Carr is good, but not great. He's certainly had his spotty moments. The Saints defense will likley outshine the offense once again, and we should expect New Orleans to finish right around .500 this season.

That'll help.

3. Rachaad White proves it's not quite his time to take a back seat

There were some who overreacted to the Bucs' selection of Bucky Irving in the fourth round of this year's draft. While the Oregon product is a good player, this job still belongs to Rachaad White, and he's not letting go of it.

In fact, if all goes smoothly, he'll put up a career year just like his quarterback. Rushing for 990 yards last year and adding 549 through the air, White quietly posted a 1,500-yard season. The interior line will improve (in a perfect world) and he'll continue to get his opportunities in space.

In 2024, White will rush for over 1,000 yards while averaging a healthy 4.0 yards per carry. He'll also give Tampa Bay another 60-reception season, ending the year with over 1,700 total yards and 12 touchdowns.