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2018 Key Additions: You featured the league’s worst defense this past season in terms of yards allowed and passing yards surrendered. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also came up with an NFL-low 22 sacks in ’17. So general manager Jason Licht traded for New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, added former Philadelphia Eagles Vinny Curry and Beau Allen, signed sturdy tackle Mitch Unrein (Chicago Bears) and used the 12th overall pick on University of Washington mass of humanity Vita Vea. And could 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones be Dirk Koetter’s answer in terms of reviving the running game?

Offseason Review: Off an 8-4 finish in 2016 (following a 1-3 start), this was a Buccaneers’ team that appeared to be on the rise. But it all came apart this past season and they were the only club in the division not to make the playoffs. It wasn’t a spectacular offseason for the franchise, but the club did enough to address the areas that needed the most attention, in particular the offensive line. The NFC South is pretty loaded from top to bottom so this could be a better football team and it may not reflect in the standings. All told, the Bucs did enough to keep this ship pointed in the right direction.