The Buccaneers made a lot of history during the 2020 NFL season. From individual records being broken to some unprecedented accomplishments for the team, it was quite the run to the franchise’s second-ever Super Bowl win.
Mike Evans became the first player in NFL history to post seven straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start a career. Ryan Succop broke Matt Bryant’s single-season franchise scoring record. Tom Brady set a new single-season franchise record for passing touchdowns.
As a team, the Bucs set a new franchise record for points scored in a season, plus they ended the regular season with a franchise record-setting seventh consecutive game with 24+ points scored. And, of course, Tampa Bay became the first team in NFL history to play for the Lombardi Trophy in its home stadium. By now you certainly know that not only did the Bucs play for a championship at Raymond James Stadium—they also won it, 31-9, to deny the Chiefs of a second consecutive Super Bowl title.
Now, in 2021, the whole squad is back for the Buccaneers. And you can surely count on some more history being made, both in terms of individuals and the team as a whole. So, let’s see where things stand heading into Thursday night’s regular season opener against the Cowboys, shall we?
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Passing Yards
Tom Brady threw for 4,633 yards last year, which gave him the 11th-most in team history. He needs 209 more yards to pass Brian Griese (4,841) for 10th.
Career Passing Touchdowns
Brady’s 40 touchdown passes in 2020 placed him eighth on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard. He is 22 away from passing Steve DeBerg (61) for seventh.
With 401 completions last year, Brady got all the way up to 11th in Bucs history. He needs 53 more to take 10th from Jeff Garcia (453).
Career Passing Attempts
Brady attempted 610 passes in his first year with Tampa Bay, which was good for 13th-most in franchise history. With 21 more, he takes 12th from Mike Glennon (630) while 45 more will put him in 11th, a spot currently held by Shaun King (654).
Career Rushing Yards
With 1,746 career rushing yards, Ronald Jones II is 14th on the team’s all-time leaderboard. He needs 100 yards to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Jones’ 14 career rushing touchdowns have him with the 12th-most in Bucs history. One more would tie him with Earnest Graham, Peyton Barber and Lars Tate (15) for ninth, while two more would pull him into a tie for eighth with Ricky Bell (16).
Career Rushing Attempts
Jones has 387 career rushing attempts, which is good for 14th-most in team history. He is 40 from passing LeGarrette Blount (426) for 13th.
Career Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin’s 3,540 career receiving yards are the eighth-most in franchise history. With 289 more, he passes Keyshawn Johnson (3,828) for seventh.
Cameron Brate has the 17th-most receiving yards in team history (2,438). With 267 more, he passes Warrick Dunn (2,704) for 16th.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brate is fourth on the franchise’s all-time receiving touchdowns leaderboard with 29. He needs three more to take third from Kevin House (31).
Godwin currently has 24 touchdown receptions as a Buc, tying him for eighth with Dave Moore. One more will tie him with Mike Williams (25) for seventh, while three more ties him with Mark Carrier (27) for sixth.
O.J. Howard’s 14 career touchdown catches tie him with Keenan McCardell and Morris Owens for 15th in Bucs history. He needs two more to tie Reidel Anthony (16) for 14th.
With 244 career catches, Godwin has the 12th-most in team history. With five more, he will pass Joey Galloway (248) for 11th.
Brate isn’t all that far behind Godwin. He has 223 catches, which is good for 14th. He needs 17 more to pass Gerald Carter (239) for 13th.
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Mike Evans has most of the Buccaneer receiving records locked up, but as far as total touchdowns go, he’s chasing Mike Alstott. Evans has 62 in his career, meaning he needs 10 more to take sole ownership of the franchise record from the A-Train, who finished his career with 71 scores.
Career Combined Tackles
Lavonte David has 1,007 career tackles. With 22 more, he passes Hardy Nickerson (1,028) for third-most in franchise history. (Bucs Communications)
Career Solo Tackles
David’s 806 solo tackles have him fourth on the Bucs’ all-time leaderboard. He is well behind Ronde Barber (1,044), needing 239 to pass him for second.
Jason Pierre-Paul has 30.5 sacks as a Buc, leaving him three away from passing Brad Culpepper (33) for fifth-most in franchise history.
Shaquil Barrett’s 27.5 sacks in the last two years were good enough to land him ninth in team history. With one more, he takes eighth from Ronde Barber (28), while two more would move him past David Logan (28.5) for seventh.
Lavonte David has totaled 24 sacks in his career. With 2.5 more, he’ll pass Greg Spires (26) while tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 11th-most in team history.
*Note: Per Pro Football Reference, sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 51 passes defended in his career, which leaves him four away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth in franchise history.
*Note: Per Pro Football Reference, passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
David’s 12 interceptions tie him with Jeris White, Mark Robinson and Dwight Smith for 12th-most in Bucs history, so one more will give him sole possession of 12th.
Career Forced Fumbles
David enters the 2021 season tied with Derrick Brooks for the most forced fumbles in franchise history (24). With his 25th, he’ll take sole possession of the record.
Career Games Played
Thursday will be David’s 138th career game played, which inches him closer to Warren Sapp (140), who has the ninth-most in team history.
William Gholston will play in his 120th game as a Buc on Thursday, leaving him one behind Lee Roy Selmon (121) for 19th-most in franchise history.
With his 138th career start on Thursday, David will pass Mike Alstott (137) for fifth-most starts in Buccaneer history. (Bucs Communications)
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have linked up for 84 regular season touchdowns. With one more, they’ll tie the duo of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third-most touchdown connections in league history.
Career Receiving Yards
Antonio Brown’s 11,746 career receiving yards are good for 31st on the NFL’s all-time leaderboard. He needs 89 more yards to pass Don Maynard (11,834) for 30th, while 96 would move him past Antonio Gates (11,841) for 29th. With 159 yards, he moves into 28th, a spot currently held by Michael Irvin (11,904).
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Rob Gronkowski’s 86 career touchdown receptions are good for 15th-most in league history. One more ties him with Andre Reed (87) for 14th, and two more will pull him into a tie with Don Maynard for 13th.
Brown is tied for 30th on the NFL’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with 79. Two more will tie him with Art Powell and Steve Smith (81) for 28th.
Career Passing Touchdowns
Drew Brees retired in the offseason, so Tom Brady comes into 2021 with a chance to expand his career passing touchdowns lead even more. By the end of 2020, Brady had 581 to Brees’ 571. The next-closest active quarterback to Brady is Aaron Rodgers, whose 412 career passing touchdowns have him seventh all-time.
100+ 300-Yard Passing Games Club
With one more 300-yard passing game in his career, Brady will join Drew Brees in the 100+ career 300-yard passing games club. Brees finished his Hall of Fame career with 123.