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Do the Buccaneers have a top ten quarterback situation for 2016?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hopefully fixed their quarterback problems last year, by drafting Jameis Winston in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Winston had a pretty good rookie season -- a few bumps and a few too many turnovers at the start, but a solid basis to build on. With steady improvement, he should be a top ten quarterback before long.

That gives the Bucs one of the best quarterback situations in the NFL for the foreseeable future. They don't have Tom Brady at the helm, but they won't have to worry about finding a replacement -- and Winston could turn into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. That's what Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty thinks, too.

Going forward, Winston is set up for success. His offensive coordinator is his head coach, and his No. 1 receiver is one of the most dangerous young players in football. Winston still has to up his completion percentage and cut down on his turnovers, but his rookie returns suggest a 10-year answer at quarterback.

Winston has been making visible strides this offseason, too. He worked on his body, adding muscle tone and getting slimmer throughout, which will hopefully make him a little more quick-twitch on the field. The coaches have commented on working on his deep ball, among other  things, and he's noted how this will be the first full NFL offseason where he can just focus on getting better. Hopefully, that will result in actual progression in his second year. Traditionally, quarterbacks improve the most between their second and third years, but quarterbacks still do get better in their second years. The sophomore slump is mostly a myth.

So yes, the Bucs should have one of the better quarterback situations in the NFL. They have one of the youngest quarterbacks around, he's shown he can play well at an NFL level and there's plenty of reason to believe he'll consistently get better. That's pretty good.