The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made quite the splash when they traded for the former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis earlier this off season. Revis was unhappy in New York and finally got his wish to get out. Now in Tampa Bay, he has a fresh start to continue in the prime of his phenomenal NFL career. Revis will immediately bring another dimension to this defense, especially paired with a safety like fellow newcomer DaShon Goldson, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.
What may be overlooked, though, is how they will affect the offensive side of the ball.
To begin with, quarterback Josh Freeman should have much better field position going into the 2013-2014 campaign with Revis and Goldson in the secondary. The fact that they have arguably the top shut-down corner in the league now will deter defenses from throwing his way on long third downs more often than not.
This will give Tampa Bay a better idea of where the ball may be going in those situations. With Goldson reading the quarterback, knowing Revis will likely not be picked on at those times, he will have an easier time making a play to force a punt.
Last year, the Bucs would have killed to have this type of secondary. They finished 25th in the NFL in defensive third down conversion percentage at just over 40 percent. 2013 will be a much different year.
Secondly, and somewhat obviously, the Buccaneers wide receivers will have the opportunity to practice against the best in the business. Specifically, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, who each have qualities of great value to their offense. Jackson, especially, is one of the more underrated wideouts in the game and enjoyed a fantastic 2012.
Heading into 2013, both him and Williams will be made better through practice while lining up against two of the best defenders in the game. Duking it out with Revis in one-on-one coverage every day in practice must be a nightmare, but it will surely make these guys a heck of a lot better.
The outlook for the Buccaneers heading into the upcoming season is extremely bright. Their offense will take a step forward, as will their defense — and it all starts with Revis and Goldson affecting both sides of the ball. Look for Tampa Bay to surprise some people and push for a playoff spot behind the play of these two stud defenders.