FAB 2. The 2019 Bucs Season Pewter Predictions

Tampa Bay will be an improved team in 2019 under new head coach Bruce Arians. Who will lead the way for the Bucs to have a better record this year? Let’s find out in PewterReport.com’s 2019 Bucs Season Pewter Predictions.

2019 BUCCANEERS OFFENSIVE MVP
WR Mike Evans

I tipped my hand in Wednesday’s PR Roundtable that I thought Evans would be the Bucs’ MVP this season. I think Chris Godwin will lead the team in catches, but Evans would have another 1,500-yard season to tie Randy Moss with six straight 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career. Evans has always been an underrated deep threat and he’ll post another 17-yard per catch season in Tampa Bay while making another trip to Orlando for the Pro Bowl.

2019 BUCCANEERS DEFENSIVE MVP
LB Lavonte David

Bucs LB Lavonte David - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

David is the Mike Evans of the Bucs defense – the most talented player and best performer. Now that he’s healthy, expect defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to use him as a blitzer in the way that Greg Schiano did in 2013 when David had a career-high seven sacks in his All-Pro season. David is a ballhawk and a playmaker and will be featured in Bowles defense as the MO linebacker. Look for him to join Evans in the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2019 campaign.

2019 BUCCANEERS SPECIAL TEAMS MVP
K Matt Gay

I am on this kid’s bandwagon after seeing him nail two kicks from beyond 50 yards in the preseason, including his first ever NFL kick of 55 yards in the opener at Pittsburgh. Gay also proved to be great under pressure, kicking game-winners against Miami and Cleveland. Did Jason Licht finally find his kicker? Yeah, I think so. If I’m right and the Bucs are right, he’s a real difference-maker and the easy pick for Tampa Bay’s Special Teams MVP.

MOST IMPROVED OFFENSIVE PLAYER
RB Dare Ogunbowale

There are a lot of options here, including quarterback Jameis Winston, who really needs to be improved from a turnover-reduction standpoint, as well as right guard Alex Cappa and running back Ronald Jones II. Both Cappa and Jones really struggled last year and have an awful lot of room for improvement as a result. Yet Ogunbowale was strictly a special teams player last year and has been named the special teams captain this year. Yet the reason for his captainship is also because he proved himself as the team’s third-down back and he’ll get plenty of snaps on offense this year. Don’t be surprised if he’s more productive than RoJo.

MOST IMPROVED DEFENSIVE PLAYER
SS Jordan Whitehead

Bucs SS Jordan Whitehead
Bucs SS Jordan Whitehead – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Whitehead edges nose tackle Vita Vea for this honor. Both should have very good years in red and pewter this year, but Whitehead, last year’s fourth-round pick, looks like a brand new player this season. He’s added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason and is now 205 pounds. Whitehead has always been physical against the run, but he’s really improved his coverage technique this year and earned a starting spot. Don’t be surprised if he has two or three picks this season.

LEADING SACKER
OLB Shaquil Barrett

The Bucs’ 11-year streak without a double-digit sacker ended last year when Jason Pierre-Paul notched 12.5. With Pierre-Paul out with a neck injury to start the year, who will step up? I originally thought that strongside outside linebacker Carl Nassib would lead Tampa Bay in sacks this year, but I’ve waffled and flipped my pick to Barrett, who is lightning quick and has a great inside spin move from the weak side. In some packages Barrett will line up over the guard and try to win one-on-ones inside. I think Barrett winds up with a career-high eight sacks, but he could reach double digits.

LEADING INTERCEPTOR
CB Vernon Hargreaves

Hargreaves is finally healthy and he’s in a big contract year this season. The Bucs picked up his fifth-year option for 2020, but that’s not guaranteed, which means Hargreaves needs to step up and prove he can be a shutdown cornerback to earn over $9 million next year. The good news is that he’s playing in a scheme that is very similar to what he played in college at Florida. Look for VH3 to come up with four picks to lead Tampa Bay this year with rookie safety Mike Edwards coming in a close second with three.

BEST ROOKIE
ILB Devin White

Bucs ILB Devin White – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The actual rookie of the year could be Gay, who gets the nod for Special Teams MVP, but I’ll go with White instead as he will make his mark on the Bucs defense in time. White didn’t make any splash plays in the preseason, but they’re coming. He’s too talented of a player not to come up with some sacks and takeaways as this year’s fifth overall pick, and White might edge out David for the lead in tackles this year, too. Edwards, the Bucs’ third-round pick, will give White a run for his money for this honor, too.

BEST FREE AGENT ACQUISITION
DT Ndamukong Suh

Suh squeaks by Barrett and wide receiver Breshad Perriman for this honor. Barrett and Perriman might make more splash plays and put up the stats, but look for Suh to make a real impact on Tampa Bay’s defense by pushing the pocket and stuffing the run. Now playing his more natural three-technique defensive tackle position again after playing nose tackle and defensive end out in Los Angeles with the Rams last year, Suh could get between six to eight sacks this year in Bowles’ scheme while bringing a nasty edge that will rub off on the other Bucs defenders.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]ort.com

24 COMMENTS

  1. Well, one thing is for sure: it never works out like we think it’s going to. Some team will get a big injury (or two), some team won’t suffer any (hello Atlanta 2016 season), some players will nose-dive their careers and some player(s) will emerge across the league to be the “next great things” that currently look like JAGs.

    I’m sticking with 16-0 at this point.

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  2. Think if they can roll the Lions and Texans, they’ll still take care of the Colts and Falcons. The pass rush will be in full effect and are able to give the offense enough chances to figure it out. Optimistic of course. This offensive line really makes you go hmmm….

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  3. As for Devin White not being named team captain no big deal. He’s going to have enough on his plate without having to also carry the C on his chest. Besides, how do you vote a rookie who’s never taken a snap in an NFL regular season game a team captain? I think he’ll be wearing that C for years to come, but it has to be earned, he hasn’t done anything in the NFL to earn it. The big surprise for me is Nissab. Didn’t know he was so well respected, and such a character. A defense needs a fire starter, they take that lead. Maybe that’s why we were so ho hum it’ll be O.K. when McCoy was here.

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  4. Poor offensive line play can be overcome by proper scheme. The success or failure of this season is in the lap of Byron Leftwich & Todd Bowles. Every NFL team has weaknesses but the good ones know how to manage their Weaknesses while capitalizing on their Strengths. Bruce Arians is tasked with maximizing the talent we have on this roster and not make excuses for scheduling,injuries or any other thing that will arise this season. I don’t know what our record will be but if BA is anything like advertised we should be extremely competitive with the talent that’s on this roster. Palm Palms waiving Go Bucs!!

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  5. Sorry Scott, but I see the Bucs splitting the two games with the Saints. Our defensive starters, less D White, have already played against the Drew Brees-led offense at least twice, including Suh. They haven’t played our new defense, which I believe is big step up from last year’s defense. We’ll apply a lot more pressure on Brees than years past. I don’t see anybody on the Saints defense who can cover OJ Howard. I think M Evans gets the best of M. Lattimore once again, and Godwin has at least one good game against that secondary. I don’t think the Saints defensive line is anywhere near as good as Carolina’s, LA’s, or SF’s.

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  6. If you saw the Gruden comments about running backs picking up the blitz and how he pointed out Dare Ogunbowale’s missed assignment on one of Cleveland’s sacks it made me feel better about the o-line. It is one thing if the guys simply can’t win one on one and another thing if there are missed assignments that can be cleaned up.

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  7. I’m really hoping this is VHIII’s year. I’ve been a fan since his college years, and was glad the Bucs selected him in 2016. I knew my faith in him was justified for about 30 minutes of play against the Saints in week 1 last year. Pray he stays healthy and plays up to his potential, which I believe would put him as a top 10 CB in the league.

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  8. I had already stated I hoped for 8-8, as that would be a successful season for this franchise at this point and keep things stable for next year. We get a true indication if it is at all possible this weekend. If the Bucs cannot beat the 49ers at home all bets are off. Note: I don’t agree about the Titans. I think by the 8th game it will be not Mariotta but Ryan Tannenhill from the Dolphins playing at QB. Hopefully the outcome is the same.

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  9. The outcome will be the same, Tannehill is not an upgrade.
    Still disappointed that Pewter Report has spoiled the season for me by telling me the outcome of the games before I have watched them.

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  10. Having hope propels Bucs to achieve the Glazzers dream and drives the Bucs forward toward its pursuits.”HOPE”  keeps a smile on pewterboys, spitfire the chef as everything seems to go wrong, even when we see that we’re losing. Hope is always the light at the end of the tunnel, The Bucs gallon cannons ready to navigate the team through trials and difficulties of 49ers , Panthers and Giants to a great day. It’s about game 6 when we lose that hope, Bucs are like a rudderless ship being tossed about without direction. Chef and fredster blaming everything but the team while still having and finding hope with response to each Pewter article, It essential for keeping our dreams upright and continuing to sail in the direction above last place NFC south.

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    • I don’t know who wrote this, but this is not the regular usual Bob. Someone must’ve hacked his account. There’s punctuation, sentence structure, and an almost poetic flow to some of the sentences. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out this is Mark Cook trolling you guys lmao.

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      • I’ve often speculated that there really wasn’t an actual person known as my old nemesis Bucfan47 or our current resident cesspool bather, Buc Ass Bob. In realty the author of the constant negative babble with that by-line is actually an unnamed Pewter Report intern. Fess up Scott.

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    • Difference between you and I BAB is that whether this team wins or loses, I’ll be here to comment. Heaven for bid Tampa balls out this year and you disappear like the troll you are. That’s a dream I think all of us could get on board with.

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  11. These people that we pay to talk…they talk. Can’t be surprised what happens when you pull Chatty Kathy’s string. My good friend from Chicago, now that he’s done cussing his TV and throwing his remote control, will say you never know what you’re going to get until game day.

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    • Bears fans sure thought victory was assured after the first half-dozen plays. Talk about shooting your wad.

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  12. I still got us at 8-8. If we had a bigtime pass rush, I’d up it to 10-6. You never know though. IF our Bucs can come out of the gate at 3-0, we might have something here. But they gotta start fast..real fast. Here’s to a great season.

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  13. Really good hearing that Howard said they may need to chip. That is the key and you saw the TEs do a lot of chipping and blocking for the Patriots in their power blocking scheme. Auclair and Howard are both good blockers. Put them both on the outside and we can neutralize the 49er’s pass rush. Get our power blocking going and our RBs will get to the second level and our Offense will flourish. Can’t wait!

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  14. There’s so much to comment on, but I’m going to focus on just one thing:
    Carolina is hosting the Rams on opening day, so if you think they’re going to be 100% come Thursday night think again. The Bucs have a really good shot at a 2-0 start.

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  15. My first ever Bucs game was a closing 3 seconds loss to a Green Bay field goal. I used to listen to us get trampled on the Radio when I was a kid because we were never on TV for Home Games. I was born the year before we lost Doug Williams so I have known what it is like to be a fan of a basement dweller. Win or Lose I am still a Bucs Fan… Till the end. I don’t believe like the Trolls do that praying for losses in the hopes of the Glaziers selling the team is at all what being a Bucs Fan is about. I root for My Team year in and year out because they are My Team, no matter how ugly things get. Granted things get so bad sometimes that I have to turn the volume up and go sit in the other room to listen because I can’t bare to watch at certain moments. Granted my Wife has to tell the kids “Don’t get scared when Daddy is yelling at the TV during Bucs games, it’s just because he cares.”

    Yes I choose to have Hope for the Bucs, always. Not because I’m too blind to see our faults, or admit we have weaknesses and have made mistakes. I have Hope because I Love My Team. I have Hope because there is always the possibility of a Win. I have Hope because even though things can always be worse, they can also always get better. I have Hope because no matter what, I will always wear that Flag with pride and root for My Team and hope for the day I get to sit on the couch during the Super Bowl, afraid to move from the same spot out of Superstition in hopes that We can win another one.

    I am Hoping for a 10 win season, but I know that is gonna take a real turnaround for this team this year. If we don’t get that it’s not gonna shatter my Hope, because if you give up Hope on Life there’s no reason to Live. If you give up hope on yourself then you’ll never accomplish anything, and if you give up Hope on Your Team, then there’s no reason to be a Fan. I am a Firefighter and a Paramedic, so I have seen things that would make most people Hope-less, only to have the outcome be Hope-full. I have seen Death and brought back Life, because I held onto Hope. Sometimes Hope is all you have, and anyone that tries to take that away from you is just miserable and sad. So I choose Hope… and I am not ashamed at all.

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    • Wow. That was a deep post. You beared your soul. Appreciate the hard work you do as a first responder. Also, hope is a great thing! Keep your hope alive, especially for the Bucs!

      You sound like a really passionate fan. Try not to get too upset though. It’s a game being played by millionaires and managed by billionaires.

      That said, this season and team feels different. I actually think these guys can win 12. I think there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season. Enjoy the ride!

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      • *bared

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    • Loved your passionate post Spitfire. Sounds a lot like the past 40 plus years of my Bucs Life. Even in the most dire times, I somehow managed to have a little hope. That 1979 Worst to First season kept me thinking it could happen again.

      I started off every new season telling my wife, “This is the year.” Heck, once I was right. Many times I just wished we weren’t the worst team in the league. Bucs didn’t win much, but each of those times when the opponent probably lost more than the Bucs actually won, my spirit was energized. If nothing else, I always have hope….. even if logic tells me otherwise.

      Guys like Buc Ass Bob and others, who protect their own fragile psyche by limiting their expectations, mark down a loss in their mind before the team even takes the field. Then if the Bucs “luck out” a victory, they quickly add an asterisk noting “should have lost”.

      I sure hope (there’s that word again) Bob never gets sick. He’d never believe he had a chance to be cured and would start making his own funeral arrangements. Then, if he survived, he’d put an asterisk on the headstone marking his vacant plot, *I should have died.”

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  16. I have no clue what we’re going to do.
    Just have zero confidence to predict anything, but to say Go Bucs! Get this win!

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  17. Good Fab 5, Scott. I have us going 8-8 and with a little help from the Football Gods, 10-6. [Yes, Football Gods drink KoolAide too.] Also liked your preseason take aways – good objective assessment. One big difference this year going into the regular season is that if feels like the coaching staff gives us the chance for the upside and puts a safety net under this team for the downside. Injuries are always a wild card, but I like our chances with this staff.

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