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Report At this time last year Demar Dotson Jersey , the national media was enamored with the Buccaneers. One 5-11 season and one three-game suspension for Jameis Winston later, that is no longer the case. After Sporting News predicted a 1-15 record for Tampa Bay on Thursday, Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport came out with his current NFL Power Rankings on Friday. Based on the rankings, it’s clear that Newport isn’t expecting too much out of the Bucs either. Out of the league’s 32 teams, he ranked the Bucs at No. 29 to start the month of August. Here’s what was said in the short blurb about the team: What? Those two sentences barely scratch the surface of where Tampa Bay is right now. Yes, the Bucs will miss Winston for the first three games of the season. They’ll see three very tough opponents in three weeks. But to rank them at No. 29 based on a three-game suspension? That seems awfully short-sighted. The offseason appeared to be a successful one for general manager Jason Licht. On the offensive side, Ryan Jensen joined the team at center, which allowed Ali Marpet to slide back over to guard. Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson still occupy the tackle positions, while Caleb Benenoch, Leonard Wester and Alex Cappa look for big roles in 2018. Rookie Ronald Jones joins Peyton Barber in the backfield as Tampa Bay looks to revamp the run game. For whoever takes snaps under center, the weapons are still plentiful. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard are all back.Along the defensive line, the Bucs cut Robert Ayers Jr. and Chris Baker in addition to letting Clinton McDonald walk away after his contract expired. Enter Beau Allen, Mitch Unrein, Vita Vea, Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul. The newcomers join Gerald McCoy, William Gholston, Noah Spence and Will Clarke. The linebackers are as solid as ever, while rookies M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead join the secondary. Brent Grimes is back on a one-year deal and Vernon Hargreaves III is looking to rebound after a rough 2017. The defense should be much improved, as long as Mike Smith uses the talent in a proper manner.From top to bottom, the Buccaneers’ roster looks much better than it did a year ago. To ignore the changes in favor of focusing solely on a suspension seems like an odd way to determine a team’s spot in a power rankings list. If Newport isn’t impressed by the changes, he could say so. However, the reasoning behind his ranking implies that the Bucs are a bad team based on a suspension of their quarterback. Based on talent alone, it’s hard to see Tampa Bay deserving such a low position. Newport ranked the Jets Womens Caleb Benenoch Jersey , Bills and Browns immediately ahead of the Bucs. Even with a formidable defense, the Jets are far from a finished product. The Bills made the playoffs a year ago, but ditched quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of A.J. McCarron or first round pick Josh Allen. They are bound to take a step back, especially if anything comes out of the allegations against running back LeSean McCoy. Then, there’s the Browns. They had an impressive offseason, but are still less than a year removed from going 0-16. All three of those teams are currently better than the Bucs?Arguments can be made for the Bucs to be a low-20s type of team at the moment, sure. But to have them ranked above onlNo love for the Bucs from Bleacher Report At this time last year Demar Dotson Jersey , the national media was enamored with the Buccaneers. One 5-11 season and one three-game suspension for Jameis Winston later, that is no longer the case. After Sporting News predicted a 1-15 record for Tampa Bay on Thursday, Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport came out with his current NFL Power Rankings on Friday. Based on the rankings, it’s clear that Newport isn’t expecting too much out of the Bucs either. Out of the league’s 32 teams, he ranked the Bucs at No. 29 to start the month of August. Here’s what was said in the short blurb about the team: What? Those two sentences barely scratch the surface of where Tampa Bay is right now. Yes, the Bucs will miss Winston for the first three games of the season. They’ll see three very tough opponents in three weeks. But to rank them at No. 29 based on a three-game suspension? That seems awfully short-sighted. The offseason appeared to be a successful one for general manager Jason Licht. On the offensive side, Ryan Jensen joined the team at center, which allowed Ali Marpet to slide back over to guard. Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson still occupy the tackle positions, while Caleb Benenoch, Leonard Wester and Alex Cappa look for big roles in 2018. Rookie Ronald Jones joins Peyton Barber in the backfield as Tampa Bay looks to revamp the run game. For whoever takes snaps under center, the weapons are still plentiful. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard are all back.Along the defensive line, the Bucs cut Robert Ayers Jr. and Chris Baker in addition to letting Clinton McDonald walk away after his contract expired. Enter Beau Allen, Mitch Unrein, Vita Vea, Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul. The newcomers join Gerald McCoy, William Gholston, Noah Spence and Will Clarke. The linebackers are as solid as ever, while rookies M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and Jordan Whitehead join the secondary. Brent Grimes is back on a one-year deal and Vernon Hargreaves III is looking to rebound after a rough 2017. The defense should be much improved, as long as Mike Smith uses the talent in a proper manner.From top to bottom, the Buccaneers’ roster looks much better than it did a year ago. To ignore the changes in favor of focusing solely on a suspension seems like an odd way to determine a team’s spot in a power rankings list. If Newport isn’t impressed by the changes, he could say so. However, the reasoning behind his ranking implies that the Bucs are a bad team based on a suspension of their quarterback. Based on talent alone, it’s hard to see Tampa Bay deserving such a low position. Newport ranked the Jets Womens Caleb Benenoch Jersey , Bills and Browns immediately ahead of the Bucs. Even with a formidable defense, the Jets are far from a finished product. The Bills made the playoffs a year ago, but ditched quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of A.J. McCarron or first round pick Josh Allen. They are bound to take a step back, especially if anything comes out of the allegations against running back LeSean McCoy. Then, there’s the Browns. They had an impressive offseason, but are still less than a year removed from going 0-16. All three of those teams are currently better than the Bucs?Arguments can be made for the Bucs to be a low-20s type of team at the moment, sure. But to have them ranked above only the Bears, Dolphins and Colts seems like hot take for the sake of having a hot take. Tampa Bay has a lot of doubters right now, but the team seems united and focused on proving everyone wrong. Will they? We’ll find out soon enough. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bucs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.At this point, no one — not even the coaching staff — can figure out what’s going on with the Buccaneers. After a promising start to 2018, Tampa Bay has gone 1-5 since Week 3. Sigh.The team is in shambles. Head coach Dirk Koetter doesn’t even know what to do (again). From saying he’s unable to get his point across to the players to throwing candy to the media, Koetter has lost his damn mind and maybe even the locker room.With so much talent on the team and not even a good record to show for it, you can’t blame the fans for their lack of confidence in the team nor their lack of support.The graphic below shows the steady drop in fan confidence. It’s not pretty.The confidence rating has dipped below 10-percent as it currently sits at 8-percent heading into Week 10. EIGHT! Only the Jaguars have a lower confidence rating from their fans (5-percent).We’re reaching a legit level of sadness here, fam. Weekly FanPulse Confidence Ratings for the BucsWeek 1 - 86%Week 2 - 87%Week 3 - 95%Week 4 - 93%Week 5 - 21%Week 6 - 28%Week 7 - 22%Week 8 - 32%Week 9 - 20%Week 10 - 8%Week 10 Staff PicksLatest line: - Buccaneers by 3, over/under: 51.5Gil (5-3): Redskins 31, Bucs 27James (4-4): Bucs 34, Redskins 30Evan (3-5):Redskins 30, Bucs 28 (Evan predicts Cat will miss the game-winning field goal.)Alex (4-4): Bucs 31, Redskins 14Jon (4-4): Redskins 28, Bucs 24Kyle (6-2): Redskins 38, Bucs 24David (3-5): Bucs 34, Redskins 30Bailey (3-5): Bucs 35, Redskins 31Dustin (3-5): Redskins 38, Bucs 31



y the Bears, Dolphins and Colts seems like hot take for the sake of having a hot take. Tampa Bay has a lot of doubters right now, but the team seems united and focused on proving everyone wrong. Will they? We’ll find out soon enough. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bucs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.At this point, no one — not even the coaching staff — can figure out what’s going on with the Buccaneers. After a promising start to 2018, Tampa Bay has gone 1-5 since Week 3. Sigh.The team is in shambles. Head coach Dirk Koetter doesn’t even know what to do (again). From saying he’s unable to get his point across to the players to throwing candy to the media, Koetter has lost his damn mind and maybe even the locker room.With so much talent on the team and not even a good record to show for it, you can’t blame the fans for their lack of confidence in the team nor their lack of support.The graphic below shows the steady drop in fan confidence. It’s not pretty.The confidence rating has dipped below 10-percent as it currently sits at 8-percent heading into Week 10. EIGHT! Only the Jaguars have a lower confidence rating from their fans (5-percent).We’re reaching a legit level of sadness here, fam. Weekly FanPulse Confidence Ratings for the BucsWeek 1 - 86%Week 2 - 87%Week 3 - 95%Week 4 - 93%Week 5 - 21%Week 6 - 28%Week 7 - 22%Week 8 - 32%Week 9 - 20%Week 10 - 8%Week 10 Staff PicksLatest line: - Buccaneers by 3, over/under: 51.5Gil (5-3): Redskins 31, Bucs 27James (4-4): Bucs 34, Redskins 30Evan (3-5):Redskins 30, Bucs 28 (Evan predicts Cat will miss the game-winning field goal.)Alex (4-4): Bucs 31, Redskins 14Jon (4-4): Redskins 28, Bucs 24Kyle (6-2): Redskins 38, Bucs 24David (3-5): Bucs 34, Redskins 30Bailey (3-5): Bucs 35, Redskins 31Dustin (3-5): Redskins 38, Bucs 31