The Bucs have only a few holes on their roster. Nonetheless, there are spots the place they may commerce extra depth to enhance one other place.
A kind of spots is at extensive receiver. The room has loads of expertise, beginning with the highest three of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage. However might the Bucs commerce certainly one of their different receivers so as to add depth at one other place – or a draft choose?
The depth behind the “massive three” is full of veterans, up-and-coming gamers and undrafted rookies. Out of the bunch, Breshad Perriman has essentially the most expertise within the league. The previous first-round choose has bounced across the league and is on his second stint with the Bucs. In the meantime, essentially the most tenured Bucs receiver is Scotty Miller. Miller had a down 12 months in 2021 after struggling a extreme turf toe harm in Week 3, however he led the crew in receiving yards on the midway level in 2020.
After years bouncing across the league on observe squads, Cyril Grayson Jr. lastly broke by final season. He made a significant impression in Bucs’ win over the Jets, catching the game-winning landing. Then, there’s final 12 months’s fourth-round choice Jaelon Darden, who’s the wild card. After and up-and-down rookie season on each offense and particular groups, Darden is vying for a roster spot. The Bucs even have 4 undrafted rookies attempting to crack the roster, in addition to fourth-year professional Vyncint Smith.
The omission from that group is Tyler Johnson. Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report suggests that after a subpar season, Johnson is the probably candidate to be moved.
“The place does that depart Tyler Johnson, whom the Bucs drafted within the fifth spherical two years in the past? Properly, he hasn’t developed into a major contributor,” Sobelski wrote. “Licht can make the most of his crew’s depth and flip Johnson to a large receiver-needy squad for an asset. That will even give others extra alternatives as they compete for a spot as a part of the regular-season lineup.”
Johnson completed final 12 months with 36 receptions for 360 yards and 0 touchdowns. Whereas 10 yards per catch is an efficient common, he didn’t present a lot potential to realize yards after the catch and struggled with gaining separation. Johnson additionally didn’t fairly seize his alternative when Antonio Brown went AWOL and Godwin went down with harm. If the Bucs can get a significant asset to assist them win this season or no less than get an equal or higher return within the type of draft choose compensation, transferring Johnson could also be one thing for Jason Licht to think about.