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Bruce Arians Says 2022 Buccaneers Are ‘Most Talented Roster We’ve Had’

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an extremely talented roster if they won the Super Bowl following a 2020 season, but Bruce Arians believes the team’s current group is better still.

“The talent will there be. Its probably the most talented roster weve had,” the former Bucs head coach told Heavy.com’s Matt Lombardo.

The Buccaneers are primed to create another title run this year, also it all starts with the return of seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.

At one point through the offseason, it appeared the Bucs will be searching for a fresh quarterback or turning the reins to Kyle Trask after Brady announced his retirement. However, that didn’t last long, and Brady made a decision to return for a 23rd season, citing “unfinished business.”

And, regardless of the lack of Brady’s partner-in-crime Rob Gronkowski, who retired come early july, the Bucs have a good tight end group which includes Cameron Brate, Kyle Rudolph, Cade Otton and Ko Kieft.

Tampa Bay signed Rudolph to a one-year deal last month after he spent the 2021 campaign with the brand new York Giants.

Furthermore, the Bucs signed seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones come early july, adding him to an organization which includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman, Jaelon Darden and Scotty Miller.

As the offense is known as among the best in the NFL, the team’s defense can be impressive. Vita Vea, Akiem Hicks, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Devin White, Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Carlton Davis III, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Sean Murphy-Bunting highlight the defensive unit.

A lot of those players were members of Tampa Bay’s title-winning squad.

As the Bucs undoubtedly have the talent, Arians, now a senior adviser to the overall manager, noted that the team must remain healthy if it really wants to have a go at achieving the Super Bowl.

“You need to be lucky,” Arians said. “Injuries got us this past year by the end of the growing season at receiver and defensive back. Up to now this season, weve had one, so we have to remain healthy. Thats the largest key to lots of teams getting there.”

Unfortunately for the Bucs, starting center Ryan Jensen has already been sidelined with a knee injury, and his backup, Robert Hainsey, is coping with an ankle ailment.

The Bucs open the 2022 campaign contrary to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11 at AT&T Stadium.

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