A “down” year for Wilson translates into a fifth straight season with 10 or more wins and a career-high 4,219 passing yards. Wilson turns 29 in November, and he’s looking for another Super Bowl appearance.
The most pressure is on left tackle Donovan Smith to better protect Winston’s blind side after a rough 2016. Left guard looks like Kevin Pamphile’s job to lose with holdovers Joe Hawley and Evan Smith as the uninspiring competition. Right tackle Demar Dotson, who turns 32 in October, offers the most experience and stability.
This is a middle-of-pack line at very best, but when you throw in Howard and Brate, there’s a significant boost. Marpet leads a group that remains better in run blocking. Winston was sacked 35 times in Year 2 (once per 17.2 dropbacks) after taking 27 sacks (once per 20.8 dropbacks) as a rookie. Keeping him under 30 again will be a great sign for the type of season he can have.
The Bucs already had a pretty good receiving tight end in Cameron Brate. Howard should be fully expected to be the in-line starter, but Brate won’t be forgotten in frequent double tight end sets, especially in the red zone when it’s time to pound Martin and work the middle with big bodies in the passing game. Koetter can toggle from three wide to two tight and not limit Winston in any way. The Bucs’ quarterback is too loaded to fail.
Winston also has been instrumental in connecting with his relocated Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys anchor up front, center Ali Marpet, by far the best all-around lineman Tampa Bay has in 2017. It’s surprising the Bucs didn’t Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys invest more in changes, either in free agency or the draft, but they do get a key player back from a back injury in former Seahawk J.R. Sweezy, set to solidify right guard.