With training camp on the horizon, CBSSports has released their top-10 rankings at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end positions with Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and O.J. Howard making their way on each of the duo’s respective lists.

Mike Evans has done little but shine since being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2014. He’s eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first five seasons while totaling 6,103 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns in that span. Among the league’s top wide receivers, CBSSports has Evans ranked seventh heading into the 2019 season.

“Evans has quietly been one of the NFL’s best wideouts for some time. It’s just that he plays in Tampa Bay where he’s had to catch passes from Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The good news is that Winston is in the final year of his rookie deal and has a lot to prove. The better news is that new Bucs coach Bruce Arians is a quarterbacks whisperer of sorts, and not only that, he loves the deep ball. Put another way: Don’t be surprised if Evans improves on his 86 receptions, 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns from a season ago.”

Howard, despite missing eight games over his first two seasons and failing to truly reach that breakout point yet, was placed just behind the top three consensus tight ends — Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle — in a tie with Hunter Henry for the list’s fourth-best tight end.

“It seems fitting that these two wound up exactly tied in our rankings, and in this No. 4/5 slot, no less. There is a clear top three here, and nobody could seem to agree after that, so the ranking ended up going to two players who are more potential than production at this point. Last year was supposed to be Henry’s breakout season after two seasons playing as a part-timer alongside Antonio Gates, but he tore his ACL in camp and sat out the whole regular season. He’s ready to take over as the top option now, though, and with Tyrell Williams also having moved on this offseason, he should have a sizable role. Howard has been projected as a game-changer ever since his debut, but that hasn’t turned into elite production yet. The new offense Tampa will run is a perfect match for his skill set, though, and Bruce Arians seems excited about heavily using a tight end for seemingly the first time in his coaching career.”

See CBSSports’ full wide receiver rankings here

See CBSSports’ full tight end rankings here

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  1. It seems I’m not alone I read thousands want glaciers out as owner I read after the death of their father their handling of the team has been a constant downhill over paying players going through coaches after coaches losses on top of losses last place over and over and there’s thousands Joining me problem is they’re in the UK and they’re talking about their handling of their football/soccer team at least I’m not alone.

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  2. I am officially an OJ Howard fan I love the way he plays I’m glad to see he’s getting some recognition.

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  3. The count down til the season starts can not move any slower..

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  4. Nobody cares Ass, you’re taking to yourself.

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  5. Evans without a doubt is one of the Top 4 WR’s the last 5 years and deserves the recognition.
    Howard is good, but I would prefer it be based on 3 or four years; it’s a little early to proclaim him one of the Top 4 IE’s.

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  6. BucRy, Buccaneer rookies report to camp on Monday July 21. Buccaneer veteran players report for training camp on Thursday, July 25. Then they hit the practice field the next day on Friday July 26. The pads go Sunday July 28 at 4:00pm. Just 20 mo’ days. Can’t wait. Go Bucs!

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  7. Hey Suck-Ass-Globs Im surprised your not going to complain about Evans and say how he sucks again and doesn’t have enough TD’s compared to Brown? So we have one player out 54 that you aren’t going to trash in Howard. Amazing. Sure you will be ripping him soon too.

    Complain about Glazers all you want donkey they aren’t going anywhere.

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  8. fredster just ignore when ya call names ya go to his level.

    Go Bucs !!!

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  9. Turn the replies back on. If you guys are doing this to prevent harassment appoint a couple comment moderators. Given the sites comment participation it’s not a high volume task.

    Doing it this way reflects poorly on the site and it’s bush league and you guys are better than that.

    Gratz to Evans and OJ they’ve earned it

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  10. Evans has the production to warrant that comment. Howard is all potential. Brace has out produced him in their careers. Hate this writers ranking guys on their potential.

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  11. @whatthebuc Replies can happen many ways! See?

    Regarding the artilce, CBS Sports only got 2 out of 3 because they forgot Chris Godwin! The Bucs offense will be top 5 and Godwin will have a huge season. 1100 yards and 9 TDs is my guess. I think Leftwich and Winston could be a great combo too…time will tell.

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  12. Really excited to see the team this year! The offense has a lot of explosive potential… who ya going to cover?! I would almost predict that if one of the RBs busts out with a 1000 yard season, then Jameis could potentially throw for 4000 yards and 35 TDS! Of course having a better defense that plays better and gets a few 3 and out series will only compliment this prediction! Go Bucs! Bucs get into playoffs as a wildcard! That would be just dandy indeed… a man can dream can’t he!

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  13. Sounds like Fredster is a big fan of the glaziers he thinks they’ve done a really good job over the last 10 years
    Never mind the the years of losses.
    And bad decisions one on top the next.
    No owner has lost more games than the Glaziers in last ten years.
    Why you ask ? And then this years choices.
    Has to be one of three reasons.
    1. They want drive fan base so low that NFL will let them move.
    2 They want first pick for new GM 2020, do not think that is there plan personally however could work

    3 They are as stupid as they look!!!

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  14. Compared to the UK manchester fans I am very mild, In manchester my voice would be one of 1000s posting angry .
    I am soft in my criticism in comparison.
    Pages of articles angry fans wanting Glazzers ran out of town.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/27/manchester-united-fans-stage-glazersout-revolt-against-teams-nfl-owners/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ad79d142d7fa

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  15. Buc-Ass-Bob,
    You make points about the Glazers, but this is just my opinion as to the “why” we have lost so many seasons these past years? First reason is this business is money driven and always will be; Second, agree Father knew what he was doing and the children are working on it, but haven’t yet completely learned that when it comes to sports maybe they should stay out of it; finally, just plain bad luck. Maybe, just maybe Arians is the answer?

    There’s something different about this situation now. It feels different. With a little luck, we might turn the corner. I actually have some hope here. Maybe 73 years old is the driver for me as time waits for no one and I would like to witness a new string of winning seasons.

    God knows us Buc Fans deserve a break! Go Bucs!

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  16. Horse if you are 73 years old I am sure you understand difference between Father who earned every dime he made and children brought up on silver spoon that never had to fight to survive and win.
    I do not believe in bad Luck, Fredster says JPP broken neck is bad luck
    I say it was product of JPP
    I once read where McCoy bragged about his rolls royce not because it was expensive but because it was 8000 Pounds with a V-12 between him and another car in a crash to protect his family.
    JPP at club 2AM saturday in 3,000 pound car with rear engine and carbon fiber and aluminum nose .
    That is not bad luck that is stupid luck.

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  17. Buc-Bad-Ass, I have had some experiences you probably haven’t where luck or bad luck makes a difference whether you are wounded/killed or have not a scratch on you. Sometimes you can’t blame others or yourself even if you think you have total control of the situation; there still is some luck or bad luck involved.

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  18. Horse,
    When whole team is in Tampa for camp and one of the highest paid players skips camp and is night club
    at 2 AM and he then drives a rearegine ferrari into a concrete wall breaks his neck, there is only one person in the world to blame and that is the clown in the Ferrari, same clown that had huge contract with Giants and blew his fingers off holding fireworks in his hand is that bad luck also horse ?
    2 times in few years must be the gods. Or is it the fool.
    Cant imagine the face on Glazzers when they heard the clown just cashed a 8.5 million dollar check for first half 2019 season in which he will not play.

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  19. You see Ass, again your tiny Pea Brain refuses to see the logic in a piece of information. Horse is trying to tell you that with his Life Experience that there are times when someone’s fate is in their own hands and then there are times when Luck is involved. Then just like you always do you pick one piece of information and spew it out like it’s the only thing to happen ever in history and think that you have won the argument and no other possibilities exist. Do you see how short sided you are Ass? Do you Ass? Huh Ass? Seriously, we get how you feel, you don’t have to repeat it over and over. Stop saying such dumb things that we end up having to set you straight, because you have yet to win an argument on here, you have yet to say anything that is anywhere close to a revelation, and all you do is polite the comment section with your Hate. You need Love in your Life Ass because it seems like it is lacking for you.

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  20. Buc-Ass-Bob; that’s stupidity on JPP part.
    It’s also bad luck for the Glazer’s though.

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  21. Horse they suppose to vet the players before signing them, they should use PI and understand everything about them before they put 40 50 million into a player.
    JPP had a lot of red flags there choice was to ignore.
    Who signs a guy to huge contract that does not even come to camp????
    Who says FU to his fellow players.
    True great players live to come to be with their teammates.
    One thing I like about Jameis Winston there is nothing he would rather do than be in camp with all his teammates.

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  22. Buc-Ass-Bob;’I can see your point. I believe all teams take chances on players that are risky and believe they have check them out and are willing to take chances on them. JPP is a perfect example of we thought we had lucked out and got a good pass-rusher for the money spent on him.
    I think most of us felt like he had a couple years left in his career, but not now; because of the car crash, he’s probably not going to be back playing football at least for the Bucs. He may have done a stupid thing, but it’s still bad luck for the Bucs.
    Look at this? Buc- Ass-Bob and Horse had a civil conversation and we aren’t that far apart on our views after all. Go Bucs!

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  23. Bucs have so many young skill players that the Bucs are going to be a force if they become more disciplined on offense and defense.

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