NFL Analyst doubts Buccaneers’ staying power this season

Peter King has probably forgotten more about the NFL than I’ll learn, but I had to re-read his 2022 Power Rankings column twice because I couldn’t believe where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were ranked.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sets up behind his offensive line

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Coming in No. 6 on King’s annual post-free agency and NFL Draft push, the Bucs are still a Top 10 team according to the author, but he has some concerns about it staying on the league’s top-shelf.

“I just don’t take for granted that 45-year-old Brady will just pick up where he left off,” King wrote. “Even with bottom-feeders Carolina and Atlanta to get fat off, the Bucs will be seriously challenged by the Saints (4-0 versus Brady and Tampa in the regular season in the last two years) for division supremacy, even post-Payton. It worries me, too, that both starting guards, Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa, left in the offseason.Brady’s a statue, and anything that affects his protection is an issue.Career backup Aaron Stinnie and ex-Pat Shaq Mason have big jobs to do at left and right guard. “


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