On the Wednesday episode of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we continued our season preview with the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and we wondered if Tom Brady’s new organization has the most talented roster the Kansas City Chiefs will play this season.
We all know about Buccaneers’ new signal caller — but before he arrived, the cupboard wasn’t exactly bare. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Brady will be throwing to one of the best wide receiver duos in the league — and with Brady feeding him the ball, Godwin is primed to climb the ranks of NFL receivers. Brady also brought fellow former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — who came out of retirement to be traded to the Bucs — along for the ride. Joining Gronk in the tight end room is the talented (and still young) O.J. Howard, who is looking for a breakout season with his new quarterback. The offensive line protecting Brady was solidified with first-round pick Tristan Wirfs — a promising, uber-athletic tackle.
Tampa Bay will be returning with almost their entire defensive unit — one that was playing very good football at season’s end. The secondary is young. Players like Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean finished 2019 strong and are primed to take another step. After a breakout 19.5 sack season, EDGE Shaquil Barrett is back on the franchise tag, joining a defensive line that includes Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea and Jason Pierre-Paul — and we’ve yet to talk about linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David.
Brady is in a great situation — one where he doesn’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. There is plenty of talent on both sides of the football; Brady will have an outstanding supporting cast.
Still, Brady will be playing the unprecedented-for-this-era age of 43. We’ve seen aging quarterbacks fall off a cliff — but who knows if that will happen to Brady? If it does, it won’t be because there isn’t enough around him. There is a ton of talent in Tampa Bay — and it might just be the best roster the Chiefs will face in the regular season.
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