In the 13 days leading up to July 27th, when the Green Bay Packers begin training camp practices, APC is running a series we’re calling “13 in 13.” Over these two weeks, we will closely with a close examination of the major offseason events for each of the Packers’ 2017 opponents. Each team’s information has been provided by our SB Nation colleagues who know them best - the team bloggers for each franchise.
After a trip to Pittsburgh following Thanksgiving, the Green Bay Packers return home to face a warm-weather team in December. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come calling in week 13, boasting an offense with a handful of new offensive weapons. The Bucs narrowly missed out on a playoff spot last season, finishing a game behind the Detroit Lions for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.
One issue the Bucs need to solve is turnovers. Jameis Winston threw 18 interceptions and fumbled ten times a year ago; if he can keep the football better under control, Tampa Bay should see a decent improvement this season.
Here’s a look at Tampa Bay’s offseason from the fine folks at Bucs Nation.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Notable free agent additions: WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Baker, S J.J. Wilcox, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Notable free agent departures: S Bradley McDougald, QB Mike Glennon, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Russell Shepard
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, WR Chris Godwin, RB Jeremy McNichols
Biggest offseason addition: WR DeSean Jackson
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Will Roberto Aguayo get unseated by Nick Folk? Yes, kickers are the biggest storyline. Also Hard Knocks.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Safety: Justin Evans, J.J. Wilcox, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could all earn a starting job, so which two will come out on top?
Notable injuries heading into training camp: No severe ones. A few that should be healthy by training camp: Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith, J.J. Wilcox, Justin Evans most notably.