V: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pro Football Focus Ranking: 21
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a very good team since signing veteran quarterback Tom Brady. So how much will the departure of Brady to retirement impact the Buccaneers' chances this year? Perhaps not as much as many suspect.
While he is no Tom Brady, former LA Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield landed on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster after admittedly rejuvenating his NFL career and aspirations during his brief stint with the LA Rams. Now, he will have the opportunity to throw to a pair of 1000+ yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
If that fails to generate expected results, the Buccaneers have the option of running the football, and have done so to help keep the chains moving. While the team no longer has RB Leonard Fournette, they are confident in RB Rachaad White's ability to handle the load.
While a team that finished as the 17th ranked team in 2022, lost a veteran quarterback in Tom Brady, and is projected to fall no further than to a 21st ranked spot is not much, let's pivot to why the team is due to rebound this year? For starters, the Bucs invested heavily in offensive linemen, and they are projected to be healthy this season.
On the defensive side of the football, the Bucs drafted and added competent contributors like former Pittsburgh Steelers DL Calijah Kancey and Rams NT Greg Gaines and drafting Louisville edge defender, YaYa Diaby. The Buccaneers won't regress in 2023.