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Arizona Cardinals 2017 Opponent Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside look on Hard Knocks

The Cardinals take host the Bucs in Glendale in 2017, and we have an inside look thanks to HBO and SB Nation.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Hard Knocks on HBO premiered last night and the subject of that series in 2017 is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many are expecting the Bucs to take the next step in 2017 and become not only NFC South contenders, but also potential forces in in the NFC.

While much of it rests on Jameis Winston and his growth, it will also rely on the defense taking the next step.

Bucs Nation’s own Sander Philipse was nice enough to stop by and give us a peak at the Tampa Bay Bucs heading into 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable free agent additions: WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Baker, S J.J. Wilcox, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Notable free agent departures: S Bradley McDougald, QB Mike Glennon, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Russell Shepard

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, WR Chris Godwin, RB Jeremy McNichols

Biggest offseason addition: WR DeSean Jackson

Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Will Roberto Aguayo get unseated by Nick Folk? Yes, kickers are the biggest storyline. Also Hard Knocks.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Safety: Justin Evans, J.J. Wilcox, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could all earn a starting job, so which two will come out on top?

Notable injuries heading into training camp: No severe ones. A few that should be healthy by training camp: Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith, J.J. Wilcox, Justin Evans most notably.