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The Buccaneers didn’t really focus on Jameis Winston’s progress

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If you want to know what a team is focusing on, just look at their offseason moves. Apparently USA Today’s Michael Stern had some issues doing so, because he comes to a rather weird conclusion about what was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ priority this offseason.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go as far as Jameis Winston can take them, so the franchise clearly prioritized the progress of last year's No. 1 draft pick this offseason.

They....did? They didn’t sign any skill position free agents, they replaced Logan Mankins with a bit of a question mark in J.R. Sweezy and...that’s it. That’s all they did. The only addition to the coaching staff was wide receivers coach/nominal offensive coordinator Todd Monken. In fact, the Bucs did surprisingly little to help him progress as a quarterback.

You could argue that promoting Dirk Koetter to head coach was a prioritize-the-quarterback kind of move, but that really was the only one they made — and Koetter would probably still have been with the Bucs had they not promoted him. That move was as much about Lovie Smith’s disappointing performance as it was about Koetter and Winston.

Instead, the Bucs are hoping that Jameis Winston will improve without much added help. Which, to be fair, is not a terrible approach. Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins have a lot of talent, they retained Doug Martin and Charles Sims to power the running game, and quarterbacks generally improve from year one to year two. We can certainly expect Winston to be better this year than he was last year.

But the Bucs didn’t really focus on his improvement. They didn’t add a ton of receiving talent, or really overhaul the offensive line, or even get some extra offensive coaches in the building. They just let Jameis do what he needs to do. Which should work out just fine.