5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Players With the Most to Prove in 2014

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Heading into the 2014 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in need of several players to have big seasons to bring back the winning culture to the organization. Having something to prove tends to bring out the best in players. Here are five Buccaneers players with the most to prove in 2014.

5. Adrian Clayborn

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5. Adrian Clayborn

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All eyes will be on the former first-round pick as he looks to continue to improve his play on the field. Clayborn has been a steady performer, but he hasn't been the potential star that many raved about prior to entering the NFL. The pressure is on Clayborn to produce with newly-acquired DE Michael Johnson in town.

4. Carl Nicks

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4. Carl Nicks

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The injury bug has bitten Carl Nicks since he became a member of the Buccaneers. The offensive lineman has a lot to prove this season. With many question marks surrounding the Buccaneers' offensive line, it will be vital that Nicks is on the field for his team. This may be Nicks' last chance to prove he belongs.

3. Michael Johnson

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3. Michael Johnson

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Michael Johnson was brought in to be the pass rusher that the Buccaneers desperately needed. Johnson signed a lucrative deal in free agency, despite only having 3.5 sacks as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The defensive end position is vital with coach Smith's defense, and it will be up to Johnson to prove that he is worth the top dollar he is being paid.

2. Mike Evans

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2. Mike Evans

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Mike Evans will have a lot to prove this upcoming season after the Buccaneers selected him No. 7 overall in the NFL Draft. Evans seems to be a sure bet at the wide receiver position, but he will remain an unknown quantity until the season begins. Evans will team up with Vincent Jackson, so he should not have to face any double-teams. Can Evans be an upgrade for the Buccaneers, or will he make them regret taking him so high in the draft?

1. Josh McCown

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1. Josh McCown

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Josh McCown revitalized his career with the Chicago Bears, and he will look to continue that trend as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to last season, McCown was a journeyman, and it is unknown if he has found his niche as a starting NFL quarterback. McCown has a stable of weapons, but he will have to prove that he can carry last year's play into this season. Only time will tell if McCown reverts back to his old ways.

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