The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been steadily improving over the last few years and many believe this could be a breakout year for the team in the NFC South. New defensive end Robert Ayers seems confident the team could see a rejuvenation on the defensive side of the ball, but he also understands that they aren’t where they want to be just yet.
Ayers, who signed with the team as a free agent in March, talked about the team’s improvement in the offseason so far. His words with reporters certainly didn’t seem to give a vote of confidence to the team.
“We’re a little terrible,” he told reporters to laughs during minicamp last week.
Ayers later went on to explain his comment, which seemed to be in jest. He said that they are not at that point of being called a contender just yet and he wants everyone to realize that they are all or nothing this year.
“The reason why I say we’re terrible is because we’re not where we want to be,” Ayers told Pewter Report. “For me it’s 100 percent or nothing and if you’re not 100 percent then you’re terrible. You’re either first or your last. Right now we’re not where we need to be so that’s terrible. I want to be where we need to be. I want to get to the end of the tunnel. I want to get to the big game. I want to win. That’s all I care about is winning, so until we win we’re terrible.”
Robert Ayers hasn’t played a huge role in the NFL over the last seven years of his career. He has recorded 153 tackles and 26 sacks, 9.5 of which came in 2015 before injuring his ankle and missing the remainder of the season.
The Buccaneers certainly seem to be on the rise and it could be a surprising year for them. They open the season on Sept. 11 when they travel to play the Atlanta Falcons.
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