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Bucs seek to improve red-zone efficiency with new weapons

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The Buccaneers should see improvement in the red zone this season with the additions of tight end O.J. Howard and receivers DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin.

They finished below the league average of 55.6, converting only 51.9 percent of their tries inside the opponents’ 20-yard line into touchdowns. Eleven teams finished above 60 percent, with the Titans leading the league at 72 percent.

The Bucs’ red-zone efficiency slipped from 2015 when they scored touchdowns on 52.9 percent of their trips into the red zone.

We have good options,” coach Dirk Koetter said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “. . . The league took a jump. It used to be that 55 percent touchdowns would put you in the top five in the league. Tennessee led the league at 72 percent. That’s insane — 72 percent touchdowns.

“We’ve actually raised our goal this year to try to be 60 percent touchdowns; that’s something we have to do better.”

The presence of Howard and Jackson should open up the red zone for the Bucs’ biggest weapon, Mike Evans, who scored seven of his 12 touchdowns inside the red zone.

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6 Responses to “Bucs seek to improve red-zone efficiency with new weapons”
  1. regulator16 says: Jun 29, 2017 3:15 PM

    Top 3 WR groups in the league. Going to be fun watching defenses going up against this lineup for sure!

  2. theimmaculatedeception says: Jun 29, 2017 3:31 PM

    “We seek to improve red-zone efficiency”
    -31 other NFL teams

  3. realfootballfan says: Jun 29, 2017 3:58 PM

    No coincidence that Tennessee was one of the better rushing teams, particularly in short yardage. It’s a lost art in the NFL with everyone enamored with shotgun and flex tight ends that can’t block.

  4. metalman5150 says: Jun 29, 2017 4:09 PM

    why’s it always gotta be out a “red” zone..

  5. laserw says: Jun 30, 2017 4:34 PM

    Jackson didn’t help the Redskins with red zone efficiency.

  6. broncomath101 says: Jul 1, 2017 1:58 PM

    Funny that the Titans led the league and didn’t have any good WRs to speak of outside of their TE.

    Guess if you want to lead league in RZ efficiency, get a stellar run game.

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