Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 1

July, 11, 2014
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We conclude our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 1:

Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle

What he did in 2013: McCoy’s fourth season was the best of his career. He led the team with 9.5 sacks and had 50 tackles while earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.

Why he’s No. 1 in 2014: McCoy was Tampa Bay’s best player last year and he should only get better in coach Lovie Smith’s defensive scheme. Former coach Greg Schiano often had his defensive linemen running stunts. Several defensive linemen have implied that tactic limited production. In Smith’s defense, the linemen will be allowed to power rush. That should play to McCoy’s strengths. Keep in mind, this is basically the same style of defense the Bucs played back in their glory days. Warren Sapp made the Hall of Fame playing in that system. The Bucs believe McCoy can be just as good.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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