Tampa Bay's 'Dunkaneers' are tall targets

August, 1, 2014
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After drafting mega-sized receiver Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht suggested a new team nickname.

"We're the Dunkaneers," Licht said.

[+] EnlargeMike Evans
AP Photo/Chris O'MearaAt 6-foot-5, rookie Mike Evans is one of several tall receivers on the Tampa Bay roster.
Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and veteran wideout Vincent Jackson each are at least 6-foot-5, giving the Bucs a group of receivers who resemble an NBA roster. Seferian-Jenkins actually played college basketball for one season.

The Bucs certainly need big-time help: In 2013, they ranked last in passing offense (176 yards per game) and 23rd in red-zone efficiency. Based on his history, new quarterback Josh McCown will enjoy having tall targets.

Playing for Chicago last year, McCown connected with Brandon Marshall (6-4), Alshon Jeffery (6-4) or Martellus Bennett (6-6) on nine of his 13 touchdown passes, including five in the red zone.

If nothing else, it will be difficult for McCown to overthrow the Bucs' big three. Evans made that clear with one particular catch during June minicamp, fully extending to make a one-handed grab worthy of a highlight reel.

"You take a player that high in the draft," new head coach Lovie Smith said of Evans, the seventh overall pick, "you expect to see some spectacular plays."

The highlight show has continued early in training camp with Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and Jackson all making nice catches. If the Bucs get those big-time plays in the regular season, their fans can expect to see a significant improvement over last season's four-win disappointment.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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