I finished previewing the Buccaneers offense for the outlooks we write for every player before the season and came to some conclusions on several players. I also filed a story where I watched film on Josh McCown and came to some conclusions on how he might fit in with Tampa Bay. That will be on the site soon.
In the interim, here are some snippets from the outlooks I wrote on the Bucs' top players from last season.
Josh McCown: McCown was outstanding last year, averaging 308.6 yards per start with 12 total touchdowns (five starts). He sure didn't look like a journeyman backup either, playing with poise and exhibiting good form while throwing to all-star talents at receiver.
Doug Martin: When the Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith to be their new head coach, they hired a man who's offensive vision is to run the ball as much as possible. And Smith hired former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford to run the offense, and he has a pretty solid track record of running the football successfully. ... Martin should dominate the carries for Tampa Bay so long as he stays healthy, so there's a real chance at the very least he grinds his way to good numbers. He'll also catch a bunch of passes and be in line for goal-line work.
Vincent Jackson: He's been awesome since arriving to Tampa Bay, posting consecutive career-highs in catches and averaging just over 1,300 yards and 7.5 scores per season. If those are the expectations then Jackson should match it, especially if the Bucs add some firepower to their receiving corps to keep the double-teams off of him.
Timothy Wright: The receiver-turned-tight end saw the team add Brandon Myers this spring, likely pushing him into a No. 2 tight end spot. The Buccaneers could always consider Wright as a receiver and get him on the field that way but for now it looks like the 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns he had in effectively 14 games will serve as career-highs for him.
Buccaneers DST: A sleeper DST in Tampa Bay? After the spending the Bucs did this offseason it sure looks that way. ... [T]his is going to be a defense that puts up a lot of sacks and slams on the run, and that should lead to a lot of good weeks. We'd gamble on the Bucs right out of the gate, especially since they host the Panthers' dressed-down offense in Week 1 and the Rams in Week 2.