2014 Season Preview: 5 Questions with The Pewter Plank

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September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans cheer against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To preview the upcoming season we have reached out to our fellow Fansided sites to get the inside info on the 2014 Chicago Bears opponents. Today we tackle the 11th opponent on the Bears schedule, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Check out how Nick John from the Pewter Plank answered our infamous “5 Questions”.

Jun 10, 2014; Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) gestures during minicamp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

What did you like and/or dislike about what the Buccaneers did in free agency and the draft?

Tampa Bay had arguably the best offseason of the entire league. They effectively replaced Darrelle Revis with Alterraun Verner, another Pro Bowl CB who is a better fit for Lovie Smith’s defense, and then upgraded the pass rush with Michael Johnson. Then, during the draft, they added tons of offensive firepower. If I had to choose one weak point in their offseason strategy, it was not upgrading the QB position more effectively. Instead, the team feels content to roll with Josh McCown, while grooming Mike Glennon into their future starter.

Which rookie are you most looking forward to seeing this season?

The Bucs’ first round pick, Mike Evans, has the potential to immediately become a 1,000 yard WR in his first season. He will completely change the dynamic of Tampa Bay’s offense, and I think I speak for the entire Tampa Bay area when I say that I am extremely excited to see him in action.

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