The 2019 season has come and gone and the Bucs finished with an improved 7-9 record under new Head Coach Bruce Arians. If you've been following along with the team, chances are you've caught an episode or two of "In the Current," the Bucs-produced webseries that gives you exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the biggest moments throughout the year.
If you haven't caught up on all of them, now is your chance, starting back in training camp and continuing all the way through the end of the season.
Episode Six showcases the grind of preparing for a long season, where the sweltering sun isn't the only thing shining a light on the Buccaneers. Being Arians' first season with the team, all eyes are on Tampa Bay as they go through the grind of training camp.
The dog days of summer give way to the first game action that the newly assembled Bucs team will face. They travel up to Pittsburgh, to take on the Steelers, for preseason Week One. It's the first opportunity to put all the installs and efforts of camp so far to work in a practical situation.
The Miami Dolphins come to town and not just for their matchup with the Bucs inside Raymond James Stadium for the first home game of the Bucs' preseason. Miami arrives early for joint practices as the players finally see an opponent on the other side of the line during practice. Buccaneer great Rondé Barber is also announced as the next inductee to the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.
The Bucs stay home as they prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns for their third preseason game. Meanwhile, more preparations are taking place for the season in the form of the Bucs Fantasy Challenge Draft, that gets a very special guest appearance.
It's officially the start of the 2019 regular season and with it, comes the start – and emergence – of #12SZN. Head Coach Bruce Arians pegged third-year wideout Chris Godwin to have a very productive year and his start to the season doesn't argue. It's complemented on the other side of the ball with a historic start for outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, in what would end up being a Pro Bowl season for the first-year Buccaneer and his offensive counterpart.
The Bucs return home from their five-game road trip for the first time, this time toting a newly returned Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered an offseason neck injury. There was talk in the offseason that the outside linebacker's career was in jeopardy but JPP bet on himself and returned Week Eight in Tennessee. Week 10 saw his triumphant return to Raymond James Stadium in front of the home crowd as the Bucs secured a victory over Coach Arians' former team in the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
The final episode chronicles the dominance of both wide receiver Mike Evans and Godwin, earning Pro Bowl honors before 2019 is done – as well as the historic finish of Barrett's record-breaking season.