Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Production out of Tight Ends to be Successful

The team will have to improve in several areas on offense if they want to make some noise in the division this year. One area in particular that will need to see some solid production is the tight end position. Three of the top six tight ends in the NFL last season came from the NFC South and none of them were on the Buccaneers. With Tampa Bay unlikely to re-sign Dallas Clark, they will have to rely on third-year player Luke Stocker and former Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree to carry the production. Stocker has caught 28 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown in two seasons. The Buccaneers are hoping he will be able to take his game to the next level in 2013, which is something many NFL experts believe is certainly possible. In fact, many are looking for Stocker to have a breakout year if he wins the starting job in camp.





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Pairing those two alongside second-year safety Mark Barron could be extremely productive and Barron is already reaping the benefits from having both players on the team. Like Us on Facebook Barron's rookie season was inconsistent. The safety out of the University of Alabama made a huge impact early in the season, but hit a wall later on. He showed strength in run support, but struggled in coverage, recording just one interception. That is all expected to change now as Goldson takes over at free safety, giving Barron the confidence to let loose. After having spent a season learning under Ronde Barber, Barron is enjoying having both Goldson and Revis on the team to learn from.





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ET. While tickets to the regular-season home-opener against the New Orleans Saints have been available for purchase since June (and still are ), fans can now make plans to attend any of the 10 preseason and regular-season games to be played at Raymond James Stadium this year. Individual-game tickets begin as low as $30 each. Visit the ticket section here on Buccaneers.com for more information. Buccaneers Pewter Partners and sponsors, as well as Season Pass Members, will be offered a special presale opportunity, beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, July 15. We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans back to Raymond James Stadium for what promises to be one of the most exciting home game lineups in recent memory, said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. This years home schedule offers something for everyone, including games against both of last seasons Super Bowl participants and a pair of nationally-televised contests that will shine the primetime spotlight on our players and community. This Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens kick off the preseason slate on Thursday, August 8. Their foe in Super Bowl XLVII last February, the San Francisco 49ers, come to Tampa during the regular season for the Buccaneers home finale on Sunday, December 15. Tampa Bay's prime-time home games include a Thursday-nighter against Carolina on October 24 and a return to Monday Night Football against Miami on November 11. The Bucs' exciting 2013 home slate also includes intra-division games against the Saints on September 15 and the Atlanta Falcons on November 17th, as well as visits from the Arizona Cardinals (September 29), the Philadelphia Eagles (October 13) and the Buffalo Bills (December 8).





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This year it will occur September 29, during week four of the regular season when the Bucs face the Arizona Cardinals . That's a bit of an odd choice: no real history between the two teams, and it's not likely to be a very interesting game. Of course, that may be why they made that the throwback game: to give it an extra push in ticket sales to avoid a blackout. Bucs' 2013 schedule Plus, there's that whole beating-an-opponent thing. Something the Bucs haven't done since they introduced the throwback creamsicle jerseys in 2009 when they faced the Green Bay Packers in Josh Freeman's first start (and win). Division rivals beat them into the ground the past three years in throwback games.





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Interestingly, the only player in the top 10 to not be a division rival is Joe Montana. Passing You can find the full list here . Barry Sanders dominates The Bucs weren't very lucky with the running backs in their division. Barry Sanders and Walter Payton for the entirety of both players' careers? What a disaster.





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"When anyone asks me, I tell them the guys who covers me best is Ricky Reynolds of Tampa Bay," former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Rison once said. Reynolds totaled 17 career interceptions, three sacks and eight fumble recoveries in seven seasons in Tampa Bay. Connor Barth -- PK, 2008-Current Yes, a kicker. The former Tar Heel has been one of the few Buccaneers bright spots over the past four seasons. His 84.3 percent accuracy is tops in Tampa Bay history, as was his 25 consecutive field goals made during 2012. Barth is also perfect on PAT's, hitting 110 of 110. Overrated Keyshawn Johnson -- WR, 2000-03 The Bucs surrendered two first-round draft picks to acquire Johnson from the New York Jets in 2000 to improve an anemic passing attack. Johnson was the highest paid receiver in the NFL and in return, the Bucs passing offense went from bad to mediocre and they averaged a 15th place finish in scoring offense during Johnson's tenure.