Alexander, Evans Among Team Captains

Alexander, Evans Among Team Captains

Alexander, Evans Among Team Captains

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose six team captains for the 2017 season on Monday morning. Three of the six will carry that honor for the first time in their respective NFL careers.

As determined by player votes, the Buccaneers’ offensive team captains will be quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans, while the captains on defense will be Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander. Josh Robinson was selected as the special teams captain.

Evans and Alexander get the “C” on their jerseys for the first time in their fourth and third seasons, respectively. Robinson, who spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the Buccaneers last year, has also achieved captain status for the first time in his career. Robinson emerged as Tampa Bay’s best kick-coverage player in 2016 and made the roster again in 2017 based largely on what he adds to the kicking game.

The Bucs’ longest-running captaincy belongs to McCoy, who was selected for the sixth straight year. Each of his first five seasons in that role ended in his own selection to the Pro Bowl, so that’s a trend both player and team would like to see extended. David is a captain for the fourth season in a row; he first earned that honor in his third NFL season.

Winston is still only 23 years old but his leadership qualities are undeniable and he’s got the “C” on his chest for the second time in three NFL seasons.

Head Coach Dirk Koetter revealed the team’s choices for captains on Monday morning, after the first practice of the regular season. The Buccaneers also took their annual team picture in the morning prior to their workout.

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Published at Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:32:48 +0000