Tampa's Barber brings down secondary
The final holdover from the Bucs' legendary Cover 2 needs to step aside
With the regular season approaching, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series continues Thursday with a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Season preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A veteran cornerback remains the last remnant of the Bucs' vaunted Cover 2, while a troubled tight end may finally hit his stride.
To see which player could soar, which could sink and whom you need to watch before the season opener, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.