Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2014 Outlook
 
 
 
 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Rusty Reeves, Friday, September 12, 2014

We currently have McCown ranked as the No. 25 QB heading into 2014. The good news is he had success as a starter last season filling in for the injured Jay Cutler in Chicago. The Bucs seem to be attempting to set him up with a similar setup in Tampa. With their first two draft picks being spent on WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Bucs provided McCown two additional 6-foot-5 targets, to go along with WR Vincent Jackson. With a solid RB in Doug Martin, this is the Sunshine State's version of Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett, and Forte. The bad news? It's a poor man's version of the Bears' skill positions and McCown has never worked with any of them. If the Bucs can keep McCown upright after allowing 47 sacks in 2013 (ranks sixth from the bottom) he could be a sleeper candidate. Two of their free agent acquisitions, OT Anthony Collins and C Evan Dietrich-Smith, should both step into the starting lineup and help improve in that area. If only due to the talent the team has at RB and WR, McCown is a sleeper candidate.

Editor's note: Jackson (6-foot-5), Evans (6-foot-5) and Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-6) give McCown three huge targets who can all challenge defenses deep down field. Even if you don't believe in McCown, there is plenty to like about this situation.

Glennon earned significant playing time in 2013 and failed to capture the moment, losing his first five starts after taking over as starter for Josh Freeman. In total, Glennon took the field in 13 games, throwing 19 TDs and 9 interceptions. To his credit, he only had starting RB Doug Martin for three of those games and his second-best WR was Tiquan Underwood. Ultimately, Glennon just didn't look like "the guy," averaging only 176 yards passing per game. At best, he's a serviceable backup with minimal fantasy value.

SOMETHING TO PROVE: Martin was one of last season's sexy picks to be a Top 5 fantasy back. A torn labrum ended his season after five games and the team scrambled to fill the void all season long. Ultimately, the team views Martin as their best running back, but they learned last year that it takes more than one RB to succeed. Heading into 2014, Tampa has said they want to use a rotation at the position, which includes Martin, Mike James (who proved to be the best backup last season, averaging nearly 5.0 yards per carry), and third-round draft pick Charles Sims out of West Virginia. This is good news for Bucs fans, as it will help to keep Martin healthy. For fantasy owners, this is not something you want to hear. Martin is a prime candidate for a bounce-back season; but if his carries are divided by not one, but two other backs... his days as a Top 5 RB are long-gone. Martin is the most talented of the three, which is why we have him ranked as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2.

Editor's note: Offseason discussion about what a team wants to do doesn't have a direct correlation to what they end up doing. If it turns out that Martin is far and away the best back on the team, they'll give him the strong majority of carries. If Sims or James is unable to pull their weight, then no committee backfield is going to slow down Martin from contributing like a fantasy starter. These are the risks you take. When the Bears signed Michael Bush a few years ago, everybody thought it was the beginning of the end of a workhorse role for Matt Forte. The change never happened and Forte has found second-life in his career over the last couple seasons. That's a part of the game.