The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2017-18 season with a very talented team but mainly a stacked offense.
During the offseason the Bucs picked up new weapons for quarterback Jameis Winston, including DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard. With the added wide receivers and tight end the Bucs are looking like real playoff contenders.
“Everyone is impressing me, everyone is coming out here with a purpose and that means a lot to me because sometimes people can lose track of things because it’s humid, the tempo of practice has changed, we have to cut practice short because of the rain, people can lose focus,” explained Winston. “But I’ve been very happy with everyone for staying focused.”
Winston isn’t the only one noticing the effort being put in at training camp on the offense though. Wide receiver Mike Evans has seen a change in this year’s offense compared to last year’s as well.
“They’ve (Jackson and Godwin) been impressing me a lot throughout ota’s and training camp,” said Evans. “Excited to see what they can do.”
With players such as Jackson and Evans the Bucs are reaching a new depth that the team hasn’t seen in years.
“It’s a different feel, last year it felt really great but this year it’s a different level,” Evans remarked about the feeling in the locker room.
“I’d take our pass catching group over any in the league, that’s how confident I am in these guys.”
Evans and Winston both returned to training camp wanting to get better after the Bucs just missed playoffs last year. And this year the duo will face a tough schedule and a harsh NFC South.
“There’s 31 other quarterbacks doing the same thing,” said Winston. “31 other quarterbacks going to practice, what am I doing to make myself better than those 31?”
While Winston is on the verge of setting a franchise record for touchdown passes, Evans is also looking to improve his play as well.
“I can improve on getting more YAC yards and being more healthy so I can be more explosive during the end of the year,” said Evans.
Both players have stepped into leadership roles for this new, talented offense.
“I’ve been here the longest of the receivers so I think I do need to lead this group as well as the offense with Jameis,” said Evans. “I’ve been trying to be more vocal.”
“I have to be the person that brings everyone together, that is patient, calm, and just puts us on chill mode,” said Winston.
The Buccaneers will kickoff preseason play in Cincinatti on Friday, August 11th at 7:30 p.m.