And this tier gets even uglier with Peterson and Lewis really coming to the end of the line for their days as fantasy running backs. He is a smart runner with good balance. Suh won't need to play nose as often in Tampa because the Bucs have Vea, who when healthy last season was one of the NFL's most effective interior pass-rushers. Bruce Arians and his staff aided General Manager Jason Licht in the sort of roster reshaping one would expect from a team with a new coach, but the more sweeping changes have come on the defensive side of the ball. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones had 23 rushes for 44 yards last year. Carl Nassib is projected to start opposite Barrett, but Nelson could steal some reps on the edge from either starter. He sees it as well, he makes the right cuts, so I'm perfectly fine with having Peyton in.". The rushing attack of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was terrible one year ago, and if they have plans of competing in 2019, this must change. Right guard is open for competition, but the favorite to earn the starting job is Earl Watford, who played for Arians in Arizona, assuming Tampa wants him to play guard and not tackle. That means that if they hope to find a homerun hitter in that group their best bet will be helping Ronald Jones have a breakout second season. Below is a breakdown of the Buccaneers' depth chart projection for 2019. He was a vital addition for the Bucs in the wake of McCoy's departure. The Buccaneers brought in some running backs with knowledge of Arians' offense and some past NFL success, but they didn't otherwise use free agency or the draft to add a major piece to the backfield. The Buccaneers' running backs, in particular, combined to post 3.5 yards per carry. Some even have him ranked as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for 2019. Only two things can stop Howard and Cameron Brate from being the NFL's best tight end duo in 2019. Sep 29, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) stiff arms Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on a third quarter running play at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Defensive Coordinator: Todd Bowles. The Buccaneers placed specialists Ryan Succop, Bradley Pinion and Zach Triner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. They are powerful. Either new coach Bruce Arians' methods will push quarterback Jameis Winston to new heights, and the 25-year-old passer will earn a long-term contract in Tampa Bay as a result, or the mistake-prone nature of Winston's play will be amplified, ending his tenure with the team that drafted him first overall five years ago. All-time Receiving Leader: Mike Evans 510 rec, 7,873 yds, 59 TD And they are durable. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders. The extensions for Marpet and Jensen were easy decisions for the Bucs. 2019 New York Giants training camp preview: Running backs … Tampa Bay's secondary has been overhauled out of necessity after its dreadful 2018 season. All-time Rushing Leader: James Wilder 1,575 att, 5,957 yds, 37 TD . https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/f7/jameis-winston-060419-getty-ftrjpg_p0r50hafw2o61jcvixyekww7b.jpg?t=592055403&w=500&quality=80, Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. Bowles, who loves to bring pressure from the second and third levels, will help that cause. That will allow Arians, who again likes to move around players for different looks, to line up Howard and/or Brate in various positions. Suh, 32, proved his versatility last year even though his new starting position, 3-4 defensive end, might be his weakest spot. Key Question: Can Ronald Jones be the one to provide those aforementioned big plays? ", Arians' history of success working with quarterbacks obviously plays to Winston's advantage, as does the coach's reputation style-wise — "no risk it, no biscuit." "The tape really makes me have no worries when I watch Peyton play, to be honest with you," said Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich. Detroit Lions running back Wes Hills (36) runs for a touchdown during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in Detroit. That’s not what any team wants from a running back selected in the second round. Tampa Bay's running backs combined to record five carries of 20 or more yards in 2018, the lowest total for any team in the NFL. And Winston is not afraid to use his big arm the way Arians will require. The two newcomers are new to Tampa but not Arians. Behind that promising trio is sixth-round pick Scotty Miller, who is built like an ideal slot receiver and will be the favorite to start from that position when Godwin lines up outside. One is injury. "What I notice with him, I think the biggest thing with him is hand placement," said McNair. Yes, Winston still has a chance to earn a lucrative, long-term contract extension in Tampa Bay, as SN contributor and former NFL team executive Jeff Diamond recently explained. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. And indeed, there doesn't seem to be much question that Barber, who has improved every season, can be a workhorse back. At Week 2 of the preseason, predicting what will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart look like for the offense when the 2019 season kicks off. His confidence can wane a bit. Though some of it was due to game situations – mostly, too many early and big scoreboard deficits – Tampa Bay's ground game never got into any sort of groove, and the timeshare of Barber and Jones certainly did not materialize. The Bucs think they can unlock the big-play potential in Jones that was so evident at USC and made him the 38th pick in the 2018 draft. As of Wednesday morning, that competition consisted of two young, returning players and two more seasoned veterans who previously worked with Arians in Arizona. "We've got some guys that can do something with the football," said Leftwich. The Bucs also will need rookie Terry Beckner and Jeremiah Ledbetter to provide quality depth. ", The bad news, also via PFF: "Among the 34 qualifying quarterbacks since 2015, Winston ranks 30th in adjusted completion percentage from his deep attempts, 29th in big-time throw rate, 18th in turnover-worthy play rate, 29th in positively graded play rate and 28th in negatively graded play rate.". Either Jordan Whitehead or Kentrell Brice will be listed as the starting free safety, but expect that position to be fluid. Consider Arians’ running back resume, dating back to his years in Pittsburgh: Tampa Bay signed Blaine Gabbert, who has experience in Arians' offense, to help the starter along mentally. Addition(s): Andre Ellington (free agent), Kerwynn Williams (free agent), Subtraction(s): Jacquizz Rodgers (unrestricted free agent, not re-signed), Returning Players: Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale* , Shaun Wilson*, (* Ogunbowale was on the practice squad and Wilson was on injured reserve at the end of the 2018 season.). He would work his way into the line up and rotate with the other backs Tampa has. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Running Backs Our 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s backfield. Marpet, the left guard, might be the best player on the team. Jacobs is the sole rookie in my top 25. That would be Jacquizz Rodgers, who played 368 snaps on offense in 2018 to 90 for Jones. 24. After the first couple weeks of training camp and preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are starting to see a clearer picture of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man depth chart will look like come Week 1 of the regular season. He played under Arians at Temple in the late '80s and posted modest pass-catching numbers. The only sure thing for Tampa Bay in its last line of defense is Justin Evans, who returns as a solid strong safety. It’s very simple. The result of all the change is a team that, on paper, should have a chance to compete in its division. August 6, 2019, 7:59 AM Fantasy Sleepers at Running Back: Two rookies among possible 2019 draft steals “Sleeper” is a complicated and often misused word in fantasy. Behind them, Tampa Bay needs Noah Spence to step up his pass-rushing game. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports . Notable 2018 Numbers: Tampa Bay's average of 95.2 rushing yards per game was fourth-worst in the NFL in 2018, but of a greater concern was the 3.92 yards per carry that put the Bucs second-to-last. "Four or more, used to be [our] thing," said Running Backs Coach Todd McNair, remembering his days as a running back in Kansas City, with Arians as his position coach. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy stacking their offensive backfield for the 2019 season. Tampa Bay's offense was very good at converting third downs in 2018, ranking third in the league with a 46.0% success rate. Jones was a second round pick out of USC in 2018 (38th overall), so the Bucs likely believe he’ll see an uptick in production this season under new coach Bruce Arians. Even with Humphries and Jackson gone, you'll have a hard time finding a better group of wide receivers at the top of an NFL depth chart, save for the Rams' unit in Los Angeles. So the Buccaneers' running backs will not only need to be more involved as receivers, but they also might be asked to line up in the slot or even out wide at times. Weber may be a good pick up in the fourth round if not late third. The two returners are Dare Ogunbowale and Shaun Wilson, a pair of former undrafted free agents who got their first taste of NFL regular-season action last year, albeit a relatively limited dose. He never had more than 19 catches in a season and finished with a four-year total of 45. In 2002, the first year the league expanded to 32 teams, the No. High-volume running backs are harder and harder to find. That's a big reason why the Bucs targeted Bunting and Dean in the draft, and it's somewhat of a specialty for Hargreaves. That wasn't because the Bucs were particularly good at creating shorter third downs, however; rather, the passing attack was just very adept at mid-range passing. "So the biggest thing with him is restoring his confidence. Their third-down work could get even better with shorter attempts; the Buccaneers were 31st in rushing average on first down and 32nd on second down. They are fast. Tweet; Share; x; Pin; Comment; Next 1 of 3 Prev … NFL TIGHT END RANKINGS:Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. He might be the biggest beneficiary of the team's move to a base 3-4. If the Buccaneers can approve on that down-to-down consistency and find a greater number of big plays in the ground game it will be an enormous improvement from last year. MORE: The NFL's most indispensable defenders. All-time Passing Leader: Jameis Winston 1,563/2,548, 19,737 yds, 121 TD . We know the top four running backs this fantasy season, but here are 11 different tiers for all the running backs you need to know about. The depth chart for the entire line will be in flux through training camp, as the Buccaneers have a handful of players who can play in swing backup roles at both guard and tackle. Again, Bowles love to blitz, so expect all of these linebackers to get in on the pass-rushing action. "The tape says a lot of good stuff. "Just find four yards. (Detroit Lions via AP). The Bucs fought off the Vikings' attempt to replace them as the NFC's sixth seed and now have a two-game edge over the teams just outside the conference playoff picture. Jones is a fluid athlete, however, and McNair thinks he can help the young back improve significantly in that part of the game by focusing on his hands. 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Statistics & Players. Over the last three seasons, Brady averaged 166 targets to running backs. by Todd Vandenberg 1 year ago Follow @theUnrealTodd. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins. Unfortunately, Jones didn't find a lot of space in the early going and that may have slowed down his NFL momentum. The Bucs averaged 7.7 net yards per pass attempt, second-best in the NFL. With only Doug Martin and Jalen Richard to compete with for snaps, Jacobs should have an impactful rookie season. The big change in the backfield came last year, when the team moved on from Doug Martin and, two months later, drafted USC's Ronald Jones early in the second round. Tampa also drafted corners in Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean. Visit ESPN to view the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team depth chart for the current season A new deal for left tackle Donovan Smith and their picking up the option on right tackle Demar Dotson's contract, though, were tougher calls, as neither starting tackle was graded well by PFF last season despite their durability. Somewhere along the line I learned a game to help with hand placement, that he can start to build the muscle memory of how to place your hands.". Previous Season Next Season. The Texans won 23-20. What's in this article? Wilson got into five games before landing on injured reserve; Ogunbowale played in two later-season contests. Backups Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon, the latter a linebacker/safety hybrid, are no slouches, either. Arians hired Todd Bowles to be his defensive coordinator, and the former Jets head coach brings with him a new base 3-4 defense. The Buccaneers are set with their starting outside corners in Hargreaves and Carlton Davis. As will the additions of edge-rushers Shaquil Barrett in free agency and Anthony Nelson in the fourth round of the draft. The Bucs need opposing offenses to respect their rushing attack in order to give more bite to the play-action passing game. McNair would seem to be a good mentor in this regard. And, indeed, McNair says his work with Jones on catching the ball is already paying off, with the second-year back dropping a couple passes at the beginning of Phase 2 of the offseason program (when coaches can start working with players on the field) but none in recent weeks. Jones' seven catches last year came on just nine targets, which is a pretty good catch rate, but he didn't always look fluid in practice in that part of his game. And while it might not be "totally fixed" as Arians suggests, the defensive backs do look better. That's why Tampa Bay signed Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams, both of whom played for Arians in Arizona, in free agency. He and David have the potential to form one of the NFL's best inside linebacking duos. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. While Williams is a solid depth player, Ellington might be relied upon often should Jones struggle, especially in the passing game. While Winston's prove-it season is the biggest storyline in Tampa Bay for 2019, it's only one of many for a team introducing a handful of new players and some scheme changes. 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