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NFL Update: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

How Much Better Will The Bucs Be This Season?

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2013 Recap: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 4-12 last season and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. The Bucs began the season with eight straight losses and had the worst passing offense in the league. However, quarterback Mike Glennon did show promise late in the year with 19 touchdown passes and Tampa Bay’s defense was good for 15th against the run. With Lovie Smith now the head coach of the Buccaneers, fans are expecting another step forward in the right direction this season.

Key Losses: Tampa Bay lost two key wide receivers with the losses of Tiquan Underwood and Mike Williams, a duo that combined for 656 yards and six touchdowns last season. However, the Buccaneers biggest loss came on the defensive side, as cornerback Darrelle Revis left to sign with the New England Patriots. Revis has 21 career interceptions in his seven-year career, which includes two in his one season with the Bucs.

NFL Update: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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Key Additions: The Buccaneers didn’t make any big splashes by adding any key players to their team. They did add defensive back Mike Jenkins, who has 10 interceptions and 204 tackles in six seasons. To help add depth to the quarterback position, Tampa Bay also signed Josh McCown, a veteran quarterback who has thrown for more than 8,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his 11-year career.  

Draft: The Buccaneers did a wonderful job of adding offensive weapons, as they spent their first two picks on wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Both players are extremely athletic and will give whoever starts a quarterback a fighting chance to succeed. In fact, all six of the Buccaneers draft picks were spent on offensive players. It was needed for a team that averaged less than 300 yards per game.

2014 Outlook, So Far: You have to like the direction the Buccaneers are heading, as there’s a great deal of talent on this team and now it has the leadership with Smith running the show. The Bucs did show promise late in the year and has gotten even better throughout free agency and the draft. The playoffs likely aren’t in the cards this season with more complete teams in a tough NFC South, but Tampa Bay is going to be extremely competitive and could possibly double their win total from a year ago if everything goes well.

2014 Schedule:

Sept. 7 Carolina Panthers, 4:25

Sept. 14 St. Louis Rams, 4:05

Sept. 18 at Atlanta Falcons (Thu), 8:25

Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1

Oct. 5 at New Orleans Saints, 1

Oct. 12 Baltimore Ravens, 1

Oct. 19 BYE

Oct. 26 Minnesota Vikings, 1

Nov. 2 at Cleveland Browns, 1

Nov. 9 Atlanta Falcons, 1

Nov. 16 at Washington Redskins, 1

Nov. 23 at Chicago Bears, 1

Nov. 30 Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Dec. 7 at Detroit Lions, 1

Dec. 14 at Carolina Panthers, 1

Dec. 21 Green Bay Packers, 1

Dec. 28 New Orleans Saints, 1

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