HOW THEY RUN
New offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski became a disciple of offensive line guru Alex Gibbs while working with him in Atlanta in 2004 and '05, and he has installed the same zone-blocking scheme that made the Falcons the league's top ground-gaining team in '04 through '06. As coach of Boston College the last two seasons and offensive coordinator for Green Bay in '06, Jagodzinski arrives with a reputation for airing the ball out, but with no clear-cut choice at quarterback on the Bucs, the rushing attack will see a lot of work.
The biggest beneficiary of this emphasis will be ex-Giant Derrick Ward, the premier free-agent running back of the off-season. Ward received starter's money ($17 million) and is the best candidate to be the Michael Turner of 2009. Former starter Earnest Graham returns from a late-season high-ankle sprain to share the workload.
HOW THEY PASS
First-round quarterback Josh Freeman is a favorite of new coach Raheem Morris (Morris was at Kansas State in Freeman's freshman year) and has an outside chance to start from Day One over Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. Like most rookie signal-callers, Freeman's fantasy prospects for '09 aren't extremely bright, but he's an excellent keeper league choice.
On the receiving end are wideout Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow. Both should be selected among the top 10 players at their positions.
Winslow's arrival further diminished any draft-day appeal that sixth-year flop Michael Clayton might have had. Look for return man Clifton Smith to see time as a third-down back. And although he has the most recognizable name on the roster, Leftwich is a long shot to have fantasy QB value.