Pro Football Focus writer Ben Kinsey recently took a shot at naming the three best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ roster.
Kinsey had two obvious choices to make and then one not-so-obvious choice.
Here’s who he went with for the Bucs:
- Tom Brady — Quarterback
- Mike Evans — Wide Receiver
- Tristan Wirfs — Offensive Lineman
Among those who just missed Kinsey’s list were linebacker Lavonte David, defensive lineman Vita Vea, offensive lineman Shaq Mason, wide receiver Chris Godwin, edge rusher Shaquil Barrett and safety Antoine Winfield Jr.
The Buccaneers went from a pretty good roster with a big question mark at quarterback to a Super Bowl favorite with the un-retirement and return of Brady. His 93.3 PFF passing grade in his age-43 and age-44 seasons over the last two years ranks behind only the back-to-back MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Wirfs followed the Quenton Nelson path of entering the league and immediately establishing himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Wirfs is one of just two right tackles who allowed a pressure rate below three percent over the last two seasons, alongside Lane Johnson. The Bucs lost Alex Cappa at the right guard spot next to him in free agency but managed to secure an upgrade in Shaq Mason.
Going with Brady and Evans was an easy call for Kinsey.
The third spot, however, could’ve gone a couple of different ways. But I like the selection of Wirfs, the Buccaneers’ first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Wirfs reached his first Pro-Bowl this past season after a stellar season that saw him finish as PFF’s sixth-highest graded offensive tackle.
Offensive linemen don’t usually get a lot of praise from the national media, but they’re a vital part of a team’s success. I’m sure Brady would agree with the selection of Wirfs as one of the Bucs’ best players.
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