The 2019 season is shaping up to be a huge one for quarterback Jameis Winston.
The four-year starter is entering the final season of his contract, and he has been paired with new head coach Bruce Arians, who has a good record of getting the most out of the quarterbacks he’s worked with – including Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Carson Palmer.
Winston will have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate at his disposal again in 2019, so he’s being set up for success while the Bucs determine which course to follow at quarterback in the future. Breshad Perriman was added to the wide receiver corps via free agency. Peyton Barber returns at running back after rushing for a respectable 871 yards in 2018.
The Bucs invested on defense in the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. LSU linebacker Devin White was chosen with the fifth-overall pick, while cornerbacks Sean Bunting (Central Michigan) and Jamel Dean (Auburn) were taken in the second and third round, respectively.
The Bucs hope that fifth-round selection Matt Gay (Utah) can solve the team’s long-standing woes at place kicker, and Bradley Pinion was signed from San Francisco to handle the team’s punting duties after Bryan Anger was released.
In hosting the 2017 College Football National Championship and the 2021 Super Bowl, Raymond James Stadium has been the beneficiary of some massive upgrades in recent years – including giant video screens in each end zone, and fully redesigned clubs on each side of the stadium. The new East Stadium Club features a full-service premium sports bar, 58 televisions, and three 15-by-9-feet video boards.
For Winston to thrive in 2019, he will have to solve NFC South foes Carolina, Atlanta, and New Orleans; the Bucs will play each of those teams twice. Non-division home games will be against San Francisco, the New York Giants, Arizona, Indianapolis, and Houston. Road contests outside the NFC South will be at the Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee, Seattle, Jacksonville, and Detroit.