Bucs 2022 Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

Bucs coaching camp is drawing close to and it’s time to preview the Bucs roster place by place. Pewter Report will break down and look at every roster spot, the gamers on the depth chart and preview the outlook for the 2022 season.

Subsequent up within the Bucs 2022 Camp Preview sequence is broad receivers.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin return as one of many prime duos within the league. Godwin, who signed a new 3-year $60 million contract to return to the crew, remains to be working his means again from a torn ACL. To spherical out one of many NFL’s greatest receiving corps, the Bucs added former Falcon Russell Gage to the roster. Evans, Godwin, and Gage create a formidable trio that can give defenses loads of issues.

Behind the massive three might be an intense battle for the fourth, fifth, sixth and probably seventh spots. Ten gamers might be competing for the ultimate three spots. Tyler Johnson has a powerful probability to land a spot on the roster because the crew’s fourth main receiver in yards in 2021. Behind him the group of Breshad Perriman, Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden, and Cyril Grayson, Jr. will compete for the remaining two or three spots.

The Bucs have some darkish horse candidates on the roster as properly. With 4 undrafted receivers vying to crack the roster. Deven Tompkins has already caught the attention of teammates and coaches alike and might be a reputation to look at, although Jerreth Sterns, Kameron Brown, and Kaylon Geiger are additionally within the combine. Rounding out the receiver rooms is four-year veteran Vincynt Smith, who final hung out with the Jets.

Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evans has been one of many prime wideouts within the NFL since getting into the league. Posting eight straight seasons of 1,000 yards and breaking the Bucs franchise document for receiving touchdowns. As he enters his ninth yr, Evans seems to be poised to maintain that streak alive. Whereas Evans made loads of performs, he solely had two video games of 100-plus yards. Taking on video games needs to be an space he’s seeking to enhance on in 2022.

2021 Stats:  74 receptions for 1,035 yards and 14 TDs with 1 carry for 10 yards.

Chris Godwin

Godwin is the prototype slot receiver for the Bucs offense. Sufficiently big to be an element within the run recreation however fast and agile sufficient to be an issue for slot and perimeter corners alike. Current stories recommend Godwin might be able to go to begin the season which might be a giant increase for the offense. Even lacking 5 video games final yr Godwin was the Bucs’ main receiver in each yards and receptions. After receiving a $20 million per season payday, Godwin will look to prime his numbers from final yr.

2021 Stats: 98 receptions for 1,103 yards and 5 TDs with 4 carries for 29 yards and a TD.

Russell Gage

The acquisition of Gage was shocking to say the least. However the fifth-year professional ought to play a pivotal half within the Bucs offense, particularly if Godwin isn’t able to return Week 1. Whereas he’s not essentially Antonio Brown, which might be an excellent factor, he posses inside outdoors versatility and will get his nostril soiled within the run recreation. Over the course of the final two seasons Gage noticed his roe enhance with the Falcons. Accidents to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley opened up a path for Gage to begin and see the lion’s share of the targets in Atlanta. Not solely did he reply the decision, the previous sixth-round decide excelled within the function. With the Bucs Gage will profit from an offense that rolls out receiver heavy units and has the best quarterback of all time throwing him passes.

2021 Stats: 66 receptions for 770 yards and 4 TDs.

Tyler Johnson

Heading into his third season, it’s time for Johnson to carve out a constant function on the offense. He stepped in final season when Godwin went down with damage. However he didn’t carry out to the expectations with the chance he was given. Johnson struggled to separate from defenders and doesn’t supply a lot after the catch. His greatest function might be as an out of doors possession receiver as he moved the chains with effectivity final season averaging 10 yards per catch.  Whereas most likely the most secure guess to make the roster out of the following group of fellows it should take a constant camp to earn a spot.

2021 Stats: 36 receptions for 360 yards.

Cyril Grayson, Jr.

Bucs WR Cyril Grayson

Bucs WR Cyril Grayson – Photograph by: USA At present

Grayson didn’t come on till late final season however seemed like he was going to earn himself an even bigger function. After a number of follow squad elevations, Grayson was signed to the roster in January. He began the primary three video games of his profession and had the game-winning landing in opposition to the Jets in Week 17. Averaging a whopping 21.2 yards per catch, Grayson’s deep velocity is an asset to the Bucs offense. A hamstring damage knocked the six-year professional out of the Week 18 matchup in opposition to the Panthers and for the groups two playoff video games. If Grayson can construct off the momentum he was gaining final yr, he may earn himself a spot on the 53-man roster.

2021 Stats: 10 receptions for 212 yards and a couple of TDs with 1 carry for 14 yards.

Jaelon Darden

Darden is the wild card for the Bucs. Final yr’s fourth spherical decide, the Bucs traded as much as get him hoping he would be capable of be an answer within the return recreation as he developed. Darden didn’t precisely set the world on fireplace and wasn’t even given the function till Jaydon Mickens was launched. Even then he solely averaged 7.5 yards per return on punts and 19.9 on kickoffs. Darden didn’t fare a lot better within the restricted snaps he was given as a receiver both. However he’s had a powerful offseason and can look to construct upon that in coaching camp to seize one of many last roster spots up for grabs.

2021 Stats: 6 receptions for 43 yards with 1 carry for 11 yards.

Scotty Miller

Final season didn’t precisely go the best way Miller needed it to. After struggling a extreme turf toe damage in Week 3, Miller was sidelined for eight video games earlier than making his return. At that time different receivers on the roster had already carved out roles and it was troublesome for him to crack the lineup. Down the stretch he was inactive twice however discovered a brand new function on particular groups as a gunner the place he compelled two fumbles. Miller is only a yr faraway from seeing him lead the crew in receiving yards on the midway level in 2020. He’ll look to get again on monitor in camp the place he’ll be preventing for a roster spot within the final yr of his contract.

2021 Stats: 5 receptions for 38 yards with 1 carry for 9 yards and a TD.

Breshad Perriman

Perriman is the oldest receiver on the roster apart from Evans. The previous first-round decide has bounced across the league and is on his second stint with the Bucs. Signing with the crew mid-season Perriman supplied a pleasant increase for the offense after signing to the energetic roster from the follow squad whereas Antonio Brown served a three-game suspension. His greatest play nevertheless got here when he scored the sport successful landing in opposition to the Payments in extra time. Perriman can have some robust competitors to make the roster however shouldn’t be slept on together with his information of the system and relationship with the teaching workers.

2021 Stats: 11 receptions for 167 yards and a TD.

Vyncint Smith

Smith entered the league in 2018 and has spent the final three seasons with the Jets. Amember of the follow squad final yr, Smith was referred to as up for 2 video games however didn’t document a stat. The 6-foot-3 receiver had his greatest season in 2019 when he began 4 video games and racked up 17 receptions for 225 yards. With extra completed veterans and youthful choices accessible, Smith might be exhausting pressed to land a spot on the energetic roster.

2021 Stats: N/A

Deven Thompkins

Bucs WR Deven Thompkins

Bucs WR Deven Thompkins – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Thompkins was the speak of the city in throughout the Bucs offseason exercises. receiving shout-outs from head coach Todd Bowles and Mike Evans. Projected as an out of doors receiver the 5-foot-8 wideout shows spectacular straight line velocity to take the highest off of defenses. He routinely acquired behind protection at camp and made performs on the ball together with his potential to battle for contested catches.Whereas he faces lengthy odds to make the roster, his potential to separate and discover the ball will give him an opportunity at sticking round on the follow squad.

2021 School Stats: 102 receptions for 1,704 yards and 10 TDs.

 Jerreth Sterns

A extremely productive participant in school, Sterns is as pure of a move catcher as they arrive. He’s a savvy route runner that can get good separation regardless of a scarcity of top-end velocity. He can monitor the ball properly and isn’t afraid to make catches over the center in site visitors. At 5-foot-9 he doesn’t have the prototypical measurement the Bucs search for of their slot receivers, and might want to get stronger to deal with the blocking duties of the place. He’s a protracted shot to make the roster, however may make the Bucs follow squad with an excellent camp.

2021 School Stats: 150 receptions for 1,902 yards and 17 TDs.

Kameron Brown

The largest of the undrafted free agent receivers, Brown stands 6-foot-3. He made a tremendous spotlight catch behind the top zone in mini-camp the place he high-pointed the ball above the defenders head and landed in bounds for the rating. Brown would instantly change into the second tallest broad out on the crew if he had been to make the 53-man roster. However he faces robust odds with confirmed gamers forward of him. He might be a candidate for the follow squad after minimize downs.

2021 School Stats: 36 receptions for 605 yards and 5 TDs.

Kaylon Geiger

Geiger is a elegant route runner with wonderful quick space quickness and shows the power to separate on shorter and deeper routes. He can monitor the ball properly and is dynamic with the ball in his arms. These talents had been on show throughout offseason exercises the place Geiger made loads of performs with Evans solely there for necessary mini-camp and Godwin, Gage, and Miller all sidelined with damage. An completed return man, Geiger noticed loads of motion returning punts and kickoffs as properly. He’ll can have the best alternative to make the crew in that function. Although he might be destined for the follow squad.

2021 School Stats: 43 receptions for 553 yards and a TD.