The story of the 2015 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be how does rookie quarterback Jameis Winston performs in the NFL. Jameis did about all you could do in college after winning a National Championship and the Heisman before leaving Florida State for the NFL. Winston does have some solid playmakers around him to help make his rookie season easier and more of a success than many people have predicted, but it was obvious that he struggled during preseason play.
Tailback Doug Martin will be looking to find his form from his rookie season this year for the Buccaneers. As a rookie Martin posted 1,454 yards with 11 touchdowns, but since then The Muscle Hamster has failed to rush for more than 500 yards in back to back seasons. Charles Sims will backup Martin but looks to be miles away from taking meaningful snaps as the starter.
Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson will be the main targets for Winston this season in the passing game. Evans went off as a rookie last year, putting up 1,052 yards with 12 touchdowns, so the potential is there to have a similar season this year. Jackson went for 1,002 yards but only managed two touchdowns a season ago, while the yards should be around the same for Jackson and hopefully the touchdowns increase this year.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the wildcard in the Buccaneers offense, at tight end Seferian-Jenkins has the speed and athletic ability to be a solid contributor in the NFL. Evans and Jackson should stretch the field enough to open up lanes for Seferian-Jenkins to sit down in the middle of the field and move the chains when Winston targets him.
The Buccaneers are still probably a year or two away from being a good team but they have some fantasy appeal on offense, as they could find themselves in some shootouts playing catch up, but in fantasy it doesn’t matter how your players get their points as long as they perform.