Williams, Clayton give offense hope

Updated: August 31, 2005, 2:46 PM ET
By Katherine Smith | Pro Football Weekly
Editor's note: These grades were assigned by the individual correspondent and not by Pro Football Weekly.

There's a youth movement in Tampa Bay, which is a good thing for the Bucs since they boasted the league's oldest roster last season: a season in which they managed to win just five games.

The Bucs weren't as busy in free agency as they had been in the 2004 offseason, partly because of their strapped salary-cap situation and also because, for the first time in a long time, they had a lot of draft picks: 12, to be exact, including four first-day picks.

The strength of this team remains its defense, with eight starters returning. On offense, the line continues to be a work in progress, but the potential of rookie RB Cadillac Williams and second-year WR Michael Clayton gives the team hope for the future.

Coach Jon Gruden has suffered through back-to-back losing seasons since winning the Super Bowl in his inaugural season at the helm. A third consecutive losing season could put the young, offensive-minded head coach on the hot seat.


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