The Bucs in their division have to dethrone the defending NFC champion Falcons, and the Panthers and Saints also are capable of rising to the top. The NFC South also has the league’s the best quartet of quarterbacks in Ryan, Newton, Winston and Drew Brees.
Tampa Bay’s passing offense should be outstanding, as Winston will be throwing to Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans and newly acquired deep threat DeSean Jackson along with the top tight end in the 2017 draft, O.J. Howard. But Winston, who threw for 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, needs to cut down on his 18 interceptions.
Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator after the Browns ranked 30th in points allowed last season. Williams’ in-your-face style is a welcome change for this unit, which will now mix 3-4, 4-3 and “46” looks under the veteran defensive coordinator.
Williams gets a centerpiece in Garrett, a freakish athlete who signed a $30.4 million deal as the No. 1 draft pick. Garrett will be teamed with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the Browns with 6.0 sacks as a rookie. Nose tackle Danny Shelton, a first-round pick in 2015, also should benefit from Williams’ arrival. There’s depth with backups in returners Carl Nassib and Jamie Meder, plus rookies Caleb Brantley and Larry Ogunjobe.
This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.
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