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Three Buccaneers make SI's All-Underrated team

Some more national attention for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This time, all on the same side of the ball: offense!

Stacy Revere

There's another ranking of players, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heavily featured. This time, it's Doug Farrar's All-Underrated team, and it features a whopping three Bucs -- all of them on offense, which is a minor surprise.

The three underrated Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, Tim Wright and Anthony Collins.

Mike Glennon's inclusion is interesting, because it's important to note why he's included. Not because he's a good starter, but because "he might be starter-quality over time", which is about the least encouraging endorsement of any quarterback I've ever read. But it's not inaccurate: Glennon showed some promise last year, and he showed that there's a chance he develops into a quality starter. But that's not what he was last year, and that is what Josh McCown was.

The question is whether Glennon is ever going to get the opportunity to show that he can be a starter. Unless McCown falters, and that's certainly realistic, he won't see the field in Tampa.

Tim Wright and Anthony Collins are more obvious. Anthony Collins' story is known: he was a backup in Cincinnati who struggled as a run blocker but was outstanding as a pass-blocker, at least in terms of his production. He's far from a perfect player, but he rarely allowed pressure and will be a crucial piece on a questionable offensive line.

Wright is now a receiving/move/H tight end in Tampa, with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers competing for the starting spot. He won't be asked to block defensive ends head up, and instead will be moved across the formation to generate mismatches, similarly to how the Patriots used Aaron Hernandez. It's a little surprising that an undrafted rookie managed to put up 571 receiving yards at tight end last year, but it's a very good sign for the future.

Moreover, having several players make that All-Underrated team on offense is an indication that this offense has more talent than people tend to think. The question is whether that talent can come together and play well.

In related news, Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke named Gerald McCoy the top interior defensive lineman in the NFL (with J.J. Watt counting as an edge rusher). Whooooo, celebrate.