The upside to Tampa Bay having a disappointing 2-14 season during the 2014 campaign is that the team gave a lot of young Buccaneers plenty of playing experience and some of those players showed real promise. Tampa Bay’s first three draft picks – wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims – all scored touchdowns during their rookie seasons with Evans leading the way with a franchise-record 12 while catching 68 passes for 1,051 yards.
Seferian-Jenkins and Sims battled injuries during their rookie seasons, but more is expected out of them in 2015, in addition to some surprise players, such as defensive end Jacquies Smith, who came out of nowhere to post 6.5 sacks, which ranked second on the Bucs last year. PewterReport.com’s latest photo gallery features a dozen young Buccaneers that are on the rise within the organization. Some are expected to start in Tampa Bay, while others will contend for roster spots and provide depth on offense, defense and special teams.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Good to see the Bucs developing young talent on the team. I’m impressed with the young talent on this list and have only one concern and that’s ASJ. When your own team comes out and says that you need to take your conditioning more seriously, my antennae go up and start to question his commitment after getting paid. The talent is definitely there but I will be watching to see if this guy can stay on the field.
Agree 100%. Very disappointed in what ASJ did in 2014.
Saw nothing in either that warranted the place they were drafted. If we didn’t have either one, don’t think we would have missed them, especially Simms.
PR, any chance you could provide more detail on ASJ not taking his conditioning seriously. That statement also caught my attention and is the first I have heard about it
I agree the young guys did good over all. Injuries definitely was a factor for Sims and Jenkins; they showed enough to be hopeful.
A promising crop of young guys. I look forward to seeing more this year. If we can draft this well again we should be moving up the ranks pretty quick!
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