NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt loves this time of year, because it’s fun to speculate about which teams that were terrible last season might surprise people in the coming season.
Asked on the Good Morning Football show which team will turn heads in 2019, Brandt, without hesitation, placed a Bucs cap on his head.
“I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," Brandt said. "I don’t know if they’ll win 12 games, nine, whatever, (they) will turn heads, they will make splashes. Deep balls all day.”
The reason for Brandt’s optimism?
The Bucs’ new head coach.
“Bruce Arians showed up in the desert (in 2013) for the woebegone Arizona Cardinals, who were 5-11, and like that," he says, snapping his fingers, "they go to 10-6. (Quarterback) Carson Palmer was terrible with the Raiders. Like that, (he became) incredible. Watch Bruce Arians do something this year with Jameis (Winston), with that talent.”
The Bucs’ offensive talent includes wide receiver Mike Evans, who Brandt said may be the most underrated player in the NFL.
“I am a big Mike Evans guy,” he said.
Brandt made a believer of co-host Peter Schrager.
“I’m in,” Schrager chimed in. “Love their rookie, (linebacker) Devin White, too.”