TAMPA (FOX 13) - As summer begins, all 32 NFL teams are on an equal playing field. It's time to put last season behind them and start fresh.
For the Buccaneers, it already feels different.
"Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, Mitch Unrein, Vita Vea, Brentson Buckner; it's a big difference," said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Three Super Bowl champions headline the new Bucs' defensive line.
"The new additions are going to help us a lot," said Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter. "Not only the free agents, but the draft picks. Jason [Licht] did an awesome job with the guys he added to our team."
The Buccaneers average total yards given up per game was more than any other team in the league last year and that problem starts up front with the line. As the captain of the defense, Gerald McCoy has been a vocal leader for the new players, but he didn't have much to say in past weeks.
Guys like JPP, Curry, and Allen don't need to be told.
"They know what they need to do so I don't have to say this, say that, do that," said McCoy. "They've been where I want to go, so they're teaching me."
On paper, the defensive line is now stacked with players who could help the Bucs compete for a championship. They can play multiple roles, giving the Bucs the ability to create mismatches with opposing offenses.
"We're all over the place," said McCoy. "I play end, I play nose, I play three [technique], everything is interchangeable. It's the great thing about having a talented group."
It's a talented group that's still unproven. Only time will tell if it generates better results than that of seasons past.