The Washington Times - July 1, 2009, 02:24PM

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Coach: Raheem Morris (first season)


Last year: 9-7 (coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen fired).

NFL rankings: Offense - 14th in yards, 19th in scoring. Defense - ninth in yards, 10th in points.

Additions: Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, defensive coordinator Jim Bates, TE Kellen Winslow, RB Derek Ward, QB Byron Leftwich, LB Angelo Crowell, K Mike Nugent and from the draft, QB Josh Freeman.

Substractions: QB Jeff Garcia, TE Alex Smith, WR Joey Galloway, LB Cato June, CB Phillip Buchanon, LB Derrick Brooks, RB Warrick Dunn, WR Ike Hilliard and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Overview: The Glazer family cleaned house in response to the Bucs finishing the year with four consecutive losses. And the early result will be a trip to the bottom of the NFC South, especially if Morris selects Freeman over Leftwich, Luke McCown and Brian Griese as his Week 1 starter. Tampa Bay will be able to run the ball with Ward (formerly of the Giants) and holdover Earnest Graham and Winslow will be a good addition to the passing game. But a once dominant defense is expected to struggle. The secondary is iffy after S Jermaine Phillips was moved to WLB.

Fantasy pick: TE Kellen Winslow. He’ll line up all over the field and could eclipse his previous highs of 89 catches and five touchdowns.

Projected starters

Offense: QB Josh Freeman, FB B.J. Askew, RB Earnest Graham, WR Michael Clayton, WR Antonio Bryant, TE Kellen Winslow, LT Donald Penn, LG Arron Sears, C Jeff Faine, RG Davin Joseph, RT Jeremy Trueblood.

Defense: LE Jimmy Wilkerson, DT Ryan Sims, NT Chris Hovan, RE Gaines Adams, SLB Angelo Crowell, MLB Barrett Ruud, WLB Jermaine Phillips, CB Aqib Talib, CB Ronde Barber, SS Sabby Piscitelli, FS Tanard Jackson.

Specialists: K Matt Bryant, P Josh Bidwell, KR/PR Clifton Smith.

Projected record: 4-12. If Leftwich manages to win the QB job, the Bucs could improve on the prediction - he certainly looked like a starter when he played against the Redskins last year. If Freeman is the guy, the Bucs will have a typical season for a rookie QB - ups and downs. The schedule (the entire AFC East and NFC East) doesn’t help.

Ryan O’Halloran