Bucs WRs Evans, Godwin Have Admired Gage For Years

Many had been stunned when the Bucs signed broad receiver Russell Gage to a 3-year contract final week. The Bucs already needed to premier broad receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but nonetheless tabbed Gage at $10 million per yr. After all, Tampa Bay is aware of how essential that No. 3 broad receiver position is of their offense. Nonetheless, some believed Gage would land again in Atlanta as their high receiver.

Since then, it’s turn into clear why Tampa Bay signed the receiver away from their division rival. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady loves Gage’s recreation, even calling the receiver on the opening night of free company to recruit him. Nevertheless, the opinions of broad receivers Evans and Godwin additionally carry vital weight. Chatting with the media on Monday, Godwin revealed that he and Evans have been admirers of Gage’s recreation for years.

“As quickly as we signed him, I informed Mariah (Godwin’s spouse), ‘That’s an awesome signing. That’s an awesome pick-up,’” Godwin mentioned. “I really feel just like the final couple of years, anytime we play them, me and Mike might be on the sidelines speaking, ‘Yo, I really feel like Russell Gage is sweet. I really feel like he’s not getting the love that he ought to.’ He runs good routes, he’s a troublesome participant. You recognize he’s going to present you effort. So I’m thrilled to have him aboard. I believe he’s going to be an enormous addition for us. I believe individuals form of sleep on him. However I believe he’ll match proper in with the group.”

Gage has been a 700-yard receiver every of the previous two years, taking part in his greatest position final season. He’s identified for sharp routes and certain palms, however hasn’t had many alternatives to point out his 4.4 pace in Atlanta’s fast passing assault. He’ll instantly slot in because the No. 3 receiver in a Tampa Bay offense that desperately wants one.


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