It’s always difficult to make season-ending grades for a team that had so much potential and didn’t quite live up to it. Of course we’re talking about the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – the team that was featured on Hard Knocks and expected to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The end result was a disappointing 5-11 record.
On one hand, you have the shortcomings. You convinced yourself of what could have been with a roster or unit and when things don’t measure up to it, you automatically think that it has to be a failure as a result. But, on the other hand, there are still good things that were done. The Bucs did win some football games in 2017, and even in some of their losses, certain players and position were able to show exactly what they’re capable of.
So how do you balance out each? Well, that’s what PewterReport.com is here to do. On the next few pages we’ll go over each positional unit on the Buccaneers and grade out their performances form 2017 as a whole, both versus their potential and in the reality of how they performed for their team. Let’s start with Tampa Bay’s offense.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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