Last season Tampa Bay gutted out the old and brought in some great great rookies. The front office has showed in previous years that their draft choices have turned out great, and they continued this recent success last season with some great additions to the Bucs squad. Mike Glennon got thrown into an unexpected starting role and played pretty well considering the circumstances, Tim Wright came out of nowhere Wright led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Mike James cannot truly be evaluated due to injury, but from what he showed he looked promising. Now flip to defense, Akeem Spence, and William Gholston were both used seldom and will continue to grow into bigger roles. Jonathan Banks was Tampa Bays only true starting defensive rookie. Banks played well in his first season, but he was consistently riddled with injury. Banks did play well though in the new looked Tampa Bay secondary. Here comes the true question which player is set up for the dreaded Sophomore Slump this season?
Tim Wright: The curious case of Timothy Wright. Another one of Schiano's unknown Rutgers players Wright is possibly the best player Schiano grabbed from his former job. Tim Wright was unknown and undrafted, he was looked at to be a backup in case Tampa needed him. With Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree in front of Wright no one expected much. Tim Wright went out to turn some heads last season though. Not playing much for the first three weeks Wright finally got an opportunity to play against Arizona. After his first start there was no looking back as Wright went on to play in every game and seemed to be a major target of Mike Glennons. Wright ended up leading all rookie tight ends in three major stats; receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Now all of this means nothing if he cannot perform this season. So how will Tim Wright perform? Tim Wright has a lot more competition at his position. It is even unclear on whether Tim Wright will play let alone start. Recently Lovie Smith stated that Wright will be a major part of the new looked Bucs offense. Looking at Tight-end his time may be limited but Wright is versatile and Tampa Bay does not have a deep receiver core so look for Wright to line up in many different spots this season. Wrights stats may not be as great as last years, but look for him to have as big, if not bigger role on offense. Chance of a slump: 15%.
Johnthan Banks: When Johnthan Banks came into the Bucs organization last season everyone knew he was going to start. Being a second round pick to the woeful Tampa defense he had one task, improve the secondary. Although Banks stats weren't phenomenal, he did go onto to improve that secondary with the help of Revis. Banks was a rookie playing one of the hardest positions in the game and he performed adequately. He learned under Barron, Revis and Goldson. Banks lack of stats wasn't his fault as the coaching staff was the main blame for the secondary issues last season. With one of the best man to man corners in the game former head coach Greg Schiano continued to run zone coverages, thus hurting the whole defense by not playing to the players strengths. Look to this season to see Banks will have another average year. With an even better secondary, and a vastly better coaching staff look for Banks to learn alot this year. He shouldn't decline much, but the chance is defiantly there. Chance of a slump: 25%.
Mike Glennon: What everyone is waiting for, to see what Mike Glennons Sophomore season will be like. Many are unsure who will start Glennon, or McCown? Honestly it's a toss up, they are around the same skill, McCown is a more refined passer, while Glennon has more rounded all around skills. Glennon had a mediocre first season, but didn't throw many picks which is a good start. Accuracy can come which is Glennon's worst problem but decision making is almost unteacheable. Glennons decision making is actually pretty good. After all of this Glennon is still set up for failure. With almost a whole new coaching staff in only his second season Glennon hasn't had a solid system to learn. This combined with the acquisition of McCown, Lovie Smith's former quarterback, and a new looked receiving core Glennons look at success look slim. IF Glennon plays look for him to decline this season, maybe not a ton, but look for it. Chance of a slump 80%.
Now I am not hoping for a slump from any of these great players, just a honest outlook on it! Tell me below who you think is most vulnerable to the ever dreaded "sophomore slump".