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Buccaneers OTAs: Could Tampa Bay Go From Worst To First In NFC South?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a bad 2011 season. One year after winning 10-games, they lost their last 10 games in a row to finish 4-12. However, with a new coach and a new crop of players drafted, the Bucs are one of eight teams that SB Nation's Joel Thorman thinks can win their division after finishing in last place the previous year.

The Bucs could very well end up being better than most -- if not all -- of the teams already listed here. Josh Freeman is a young quarterback who should get better, and he now has a major receiving weapon in Vincent Jackson. The Bucs' rushing attack should get better as well with Doug Martin pairing with LeGarrette Blount. They were a 10-win team just two years ago, so it's not unreasonable to think they can do the same in 2012.

The one thing that Thorman addresses that could torpedo that idea is the fact that they are in one of, if not the most difficult division in the league in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons already have two of the most potent offenses in the league and the Carolina Panthers should be much improved as well.

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