Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/17/12
Are the Buccaneers the 2012 Dream Team?


Don’t get too excited too fast. The Eagles were the billed "Dream Team" of last year and that landed them at 8-8, missing the Playoffs by one game.  So what’s the major difference between this year’s 'dream team' and last year’s 'dreaming team'. Well for one the Eagles were a pretty good team in 2010, the Buccaneers were far from good in 2011. They did add the right pieces at the right positions and I expect they will be able to contend in the NFC South with these additions. They already have great draft position.  This will be a totally different team in 2012. Let’s take a more in-depth look at who they added to the team.


Carl Nicks is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL today. With Josh Freeman having 3 Pro Bowlers on the O-line, expect the INTs to drop this year; Freeman should have plenty of time to go through his reads.  Blount should be loving the addition to the line. This might help him get back to his 2010 form. I see this as a major upgrade and the Buccaneers could be challenging the Falcons and Saints for the division very soon. The Saints lost a lot of key players and the Falcons were exposed in the Playoffs last year by the Giants, so the Buccaneers could make a push this year.
 
Vincent Jackson gives Josh Freeman a big target to look for in the red zone. Not only is he a red zone target standing at 6-5, but he is fast enough to stretch the field. He is the receiver every quarterback dreams of having and it should help Josh Freemen get better in 2012. Jackson can beat double coverage like no other receiver the Buccaneers have on the team. Josh Freeman is no Philip Rivers but he never had a target like Jackson. I think this offense takes the next step in 2012!
 

Eric Wright gives the Buccaneers much needed help in the secondary. Wright was a good starter in Detroit and should be just as good playing in Tampa. Wright played against Aaron Rodgers and Jay Culter in the NFC North so coming to play Drew Brees and Cam Newton shouldn’t be too hard of a transition.
 
The crazy part of all this is only after one day of free agency the Bucs have become an immediate contender in the NFC South and they still have enough cap room to make more moves. By the time Training Camp comes around the Buccaneers could be a favorite to win the division. No team has ever won the NFC South two years in a row so it’s not that farfetched. They are on the right path. They have their franchise QB, RB, WR, offensive line and a good defense -- so bring on the Saints! Depending what happens in this year’s Draft the Buccaneers could be a must-watch on TV in a few months. The only thing missing on this 'dream team' is Vince Young hey; he is a free agent isn’t he?


Feel free to leave me a comment or email me at keith.kunzeatfootballnation@yahoo.com

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