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Bucs uniforms go from one of NFL’s worst to among its best

The new design moves them up 15 spots in Sporting News’ 2020 rankings — the biggest climb for any team in the league.
 
Bucs wide Receiver Chris Godwin, left, linebacker Lavonte David, center, and linebacker Devin White, right, debut the team's new uniform combinations.
Bucs wide Receiver Chris Godwin, left, linebacker Lavonte David, center, and linebacker Devin White, right, debut the team's new uniform combinations. [ Tampa Bay Buccaneers ]
Published April 15, 2020|Updated April 15, 2020

While it’s too early to tell whether they will give the Bucs a boost in the standings, the new uniforms already have given them a considerable bump in at least one ranking.

Considered one of the worst uniform designs in the league a year ago, the Bucs jumped 15 spots to No. 11 in Sporting News2020 NFL uniform rankings.

It was easily the biggest climb for any team in the league.

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“Though we appreciated the bold changes, the Bucs went a little too far with their previous uniform set — we’ll call them the Jameis Winston era threads," Tadd Haislop writes. “Their new look for 2020 — we’ll call it the Tom Brady era look — is a perfect return to the uniforms Tampa Bay had before the Winston era.”

Haislop likes the black facemasks on what a year ago he called “some of the best helmets in the NFL.”

He appreciates the simplicity and sharpness of the red and white jerseys. He isn’t nearly as enamored with the all-pewter Color Rush look that seems particularly popular with fans, but allows, "at least it’s unique.”

“Now, if the NFL would ditch the nonsensical one-helmet rule that limits teams’ throwback uniform options,” Haislop writes, “the Bucs could potentially add the creamsicle orange look with white helmets to their set.”

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The two other teams that have unveiled new uniform designs this offseason barely moved the needle. The back-to-basics Browns moved up three spots to No. 27, while the Falcons slipped three positions to No. 24.

“We can’t get past the awkwardly massive number font and seemingly forced 'ATL’ chest lettering on the jerseys,” Haislop writes.

His top 10 teams did not change from a year ago. In fact, it was the Bucs, at No. 11, who forced the first alteration. To make room, every other team through No. 17 stayed in the same order but simply dropped a spot.

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Haislop clearly prefers classic looks, ranking the Cowboys, Steelers, Packers and Raiders among his top five.

The one exception is the Seahawks, Haislop’s No. 2 choice. He likes the numerous color options — even the almost universally panned neon green Color Rush uniforms — unique striping and navy blue helmets.

The design is bested only by Dallas’ top-ranked look, which Haislop calls “equally iconic and unique.”

“Every look the Cowboys sport ...,” he writes, “is perfection.”

View Haislop’s complete 2020 rankings here.