Bucs need game-breaker at WR

Updated: February 24, 2004, 4:06 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

With free agency beginning March 3 and the draft just around the corner, Scouts, Inc., breaks down the biggest offseason needs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wide receiver: Tampa Bay's coaching staff believes Charles Lee, who stepped in for the suspended Keyshawn Johnson mid-season last year, is a rising star. But the team still needs a vertical receiver who can stretch defenses. Lee is better at turning a short catch into a long gain than he is running vertical routes and making plays downfield. Veterans Keenan McCardell and Joe Jurevicius are possession guys who make clutch catches and move the chains, but neither scares defenses with deep ability. The Bucs need a field-stretcher on the perimeter who can not only give them big plays but also loosen up defenses and open up more of the field for those possession receivers.