NFL Predictions 2016: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Preview & Outlook

There were many things that fans saw in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season that would make people think positive things are coming. The team went 6-10 and finally had their running game going behind Doug Martin. As the new season arrives, there are many things to think about with the Bucs and their chances in the NFC South. Here are the three biggest questions that surround Tampa Bay going into the 2016 campaign.

Is Jameis Winston ready to become an elite quarterback?

Winston began to show last season what he could do under center late in the year. His second season will be a big test in how far he has truly come. He has the weapons in the pass game to become a 4,000-yard passer sooner than later. Will that happen in 2016? Very possible.

Will Martin stay healthy?

This is something that has plagued the Bucs over Martin’s career. When he is healthy, he is a monster on the ground. A healthy Martin could rush for 1,500 yards this year with the way the pass game is looking. This is a major piece of the puzzle for Tampa Bay in 2016.

Can the defense step up?

It was a rough year for the D in 2015, giving up 26.1 points a game. That has to change especially in a division with three high-powered offenses. The team used their first two draft picks on solid defensive players who should have an impact right away which could make Tampa Bay a true playoff contender.

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