During the offseason both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans improved their offensive weapons with both talent and depth. Both teams have improved their roster with weapons to benefit their franchise quarterbacks.
As we end the 2017 offseason, both teams have high expectations for their quarterbacks. But before we can compare Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota let’s take a look at what the teams have done so far in the offseason.
Tampa Bay decided to let Vincent Jackson go and signed away DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins. The Buccaneers also drafted a few core players in O.J. Howard their first round pick. Then they drafted Chris Godwin and Jeremy McNichols in the third and fifth round of the draft respectively; adding depth to the wide receiver and running back position.
Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and Doug Martin return from last year’s team and give Winston more targets and play makers around him then ever before. With all the weapons, Winston should lead the Buccaneers with a strong passing attack this season.
However, Martin is suspended for the first three games of the year but according to reports looks good in mini camp but the running game is still a big question mark. With Martin suspended, someone will have to step up and take on the carries. More than likely that will be Jacquizz Rodgers.
The Titans also added several weapons for Mariota this offseason. Spending three of their top four draft picks on pass catchers. Corey Davis was drafted in the first round, while wide receiver Taywan Taylor and tight end Jonnu Smith was drafted in the third round. In addition to those draft moves the team recently agreed to a one year deal with former Jets receiver Eric Decker.
Returning from last year’s team is wide receiver Rashad Matthews and veteran tight end Delanie Walker. Receiver Tajae Sharpe also returns from last season but is now on the roster bubble after the Decker signing. Demarco Murray and Derek Henry make up one of the best backfields in the league and both are expected to have a big year with thanks to the team’s run first philosophy.
Both teams have average defenses meaning both will have to score points to win games. Because of that both Winston and Mariota are good options this season. Winston and Mariota are both a low end QB1s for your fantasy teams in my opinion. Both teams made moves on the offense determined to put more piece around their quarterbacks and help them succeed.
The Buccaneers will be a pass first offense this season while the Titans have a run first philosophy. That’s a reason for drafting Winston over Mariota. However, Mariota has an advantage of being a dual threat and picking up fantasy points with his legs. Expect Mariota to out preform Winston in rushing yards and touchdowns this season. Mariota is one of the best quarterbacks in the league protecting the ball while Winston tends to take unnecessary chances.
I expect both quarterbacks to have a great season but I would draft Winston over Mariota in fantasy football leagues. He has more more proven players around him and is in a pass first offense. Winston’s number one target is a proven Evans while Mariota lacks a proven weapon with the same dynamic talent and experience as Evans. Regardless, I do believe both quarterbacks will improve and be better this year than last year.