PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft with its position previews. Matt Matera previews the quarterback position with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need at quarterback, a detailed list of this year’s top quarterbacks, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.
What The Bucs Have At Quarterback
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In the biggest story in the NFL this offseason, the Buccaneers sent shockwaves through the league when they signed the greatest quarterback of all-time, Tom Brady, to a two-year contract. Brady spent 20 years with the New England Patriots but became a free agent for the first time in his career and landed with the Bucs, immediately putting Tampa Bay in a win-now mode and into the playoff discussion. Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time regular season MVP and a three-time first team All-Pro along with being second on the all-time passing list in NFL history with 74,571 yards and 541 touchdowns.
Brady left New England because he wanted more weapons around him, which he’ll get with a pair of 1,000-yard Pro Bowl wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and he liked the idea of playing for a different type of head coach in the more laid-back Bruce Arians. Brady brings a winning mentality and leadership role that simply is unmatched in the NFL, as the locker room gets a necessary shift in focus and preparation as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
Backing up Brady will be veteran Blaine Gabbert, who returns for his second year in Tampa Bay after missing the regular season with a dislocated shoulder. Gabbert is familiar with Arians’ offense dating back to his playing days in Arizona, and will provide as another voice to help Brady with the offense. After Gabbert is Ryan Griffin, who will be entering his eight NFL season and has only attempted four career passes. Griffin led the NFL in preseason passing yards and will compete with Gabbert for the No. 2 QB job.
What The Bucs Need At Quarterback
The Bucs don’t have an immediate pressing need at quarterback in this draft as Brady will be the starter for the next two seasons. Tampa Bay is a unique situation, though, where the team could plan for the future now by drafting a quarterback and letting him sit and develop on the bench for two seasons until Brady retires. The question is, would the Bucs spend a precious Day 2 player like Utah’s Jordan Love or Washington’s Jacob Eason if either were to drop far enough in the draft?
Or would Tampa bay be willing to take a flier on a late-round pick and see if the team can mold him into a NFL quarterback? Or the Bucs could end up not selecting a quarterback at all depending on how the draft goes. Brady won’t be playing for the Bucs forever, so they will have to face this situation one way or another over the next two years.
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