Bucs need more YAC

April, 13, 2010
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It’s blatantly obvious the Buccaneers have a glaring need at wide receiver. Let’s go ahead and make it even more obvious.

According to our friends at ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs ranked last in the league in yards after the catch (YAC). Just 34.3 percent of their passing yards came after the catch. The Falcons ranked No. 31 at 37 percent. The Bucs had 3,134 gross passing yards last season, but only 1,076 of them came after the catch.

After letting No. 1 receiver Antonio Bryant go through free agency, the Bucs haven’t done very much at wide receiver. They added Reggie Brown, but it’s almost certain they’ll take a receiver somewhere early in the draft.

It’s unlikely that will come with the No. 3 overall pick because the Bucs have an even greater need at defensive tackle. But the Bucs hold two second-round picks and it’s a good bet that one of them will be used on a wide receiver. They clearly need someone who can make things happen after the catch and guys like Notre Dame’s Golden Tate or Texas’ Jordan Shipley could be available in the second round.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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