It wasn’t exactly the red carpet premiere for Avengers: Endgame.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal got his first glimpse of the Bucs’ projected starting lineup for the 2019 season — okay, his thoughts on how the lineup might look — and let’s just say, he isn’t rushing to get his popcorn ready.
While he’s optimistic about new head coach Bruce Arians getting more out of quarterback Jameis Winston and likes linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White, there’s not a whole lot of star power after that.
“I’m less excited about the 2019 Bucs after performing this exercise," Rosenthal writes.
Exchanging wide receivers Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson for Breshad Perriman isn’t exactly a win in Rosenthal’s book.
Running backs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are substandard, in his opinion.
The offensive line has been one of the league’s worst pass-blocking units the past few seasons.
There are talented tight ends, but Arians doesn’t typically throw to the tight end.
And, that’s just the offense.
In the absence of injured Jason Pierre-Paul, the Bucs will have to lean on Carl Nassib, Noah Spence and Shaq Barrett to provide a pass rush.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s status remains up in the air.
And while the Bucs are swimming in cornerbacks, none have yet proven themselves.
But, hey, did he mention there’s a new coach?
“The Bucs are banking on the new coaching staff turning the ship around," Rosenthal writes, "because the roster doesn’t look much better.”