Back when the Dallas Cowboys dominated the NFL in the 1990s, the concept of Triplets came up a lot. Troy Aikman, Emmett Smith and Michael Irvin: quarterback, running back and receiver. Of course, that framing ignored the massive contribution that the Cowboys offensive line made to their three Super Bowl championships. Still, it's an intriguing concept that grasps the mind immediately. Which is why NFL.com went ahead and ranked the triplets for every NFL team, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come in a disappointing 25th.
Publix opinion is mixed, but Winston is going to be great immediately (kind of like Evans was last year). Sims is talented enough to win the starting job over Doug Martin, but he'll struggle behind a questionable O-line.
Putting the lame Publix joke aside, I'm not sure how this group ranks behind, say, Ryan Mallett, Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins. Or Matt Cassell, LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. Or actually, any triplet where the quarterback is a massive question mark. Sometimes I'm confused as to whether everyone got the notion that quarterbacks are incredibly important in this here NFL.
And hey, Mike Evans may not be Megatron, but he's pretty high up there in terms of NFL receiver quality. Why do the Buccaneers rank that low, then? Blame Doug Martin and the Bucs' decision not to address the running back position this offseason. But let's be honest, here: the running game has never been less important, and the Bucs do have a decent group of backs even if they don't have that one bellcow who can carry everything.
I don't know. The constant "these Bucs suck" rankings are starting to get boring. I'm starting to feel like no one who's a Bucs fan can see the potential this offense harbors. Which usually means that it doesn't really harbor all that much potential.