On Tuesday, the Buccaneers’ quarterbacks and rookies arrived at training camp for the very first time. The rest of the team will show up to camp today to prepare for the 2020 season. With a lot going on in Tampa Bay, here are two storylines to look for going into camp.
The Buccaneers have two solid receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. However, the third receiver spot is still open. The Bucs have two possible players that could take it.
Their first option is Scotty Miller. The young receiver is coming into his second year in Tampa, and he does have talent. Though his rookie year was cut short by a hamstring injury. Miller could be a great third option for Tom Brady.
In 2019, Miller accumulated 200 yards and one touchdown, and he only started in two games. With his injury history, the Bucs should use him lightly, maybe on short passes.
The second option, Tyler Johnson, was drafted in this year’s draft. Johnson was a steal in the 5th round. His college career is a testament to his talent, and each year he got better. Johnson’s 2019 season was incredible. The former Golden Gopher amassed 1,318 yards, 13 touchdowns, and all within 86 receptions.
The Minnesota alumni could be Brady’s third weapon. Don’t be surprised if he makes waves in training camp. Plus, if he does take the third receiving spot, he will add protection to the rest of the offense. With Evans and Godwin most likely getting double covered, Johnson would be the go to guy to gain some yardage.
Tampa Bay already has their guaranteed number one tight end in Rob Gronkowski. But since their new offense is 12-personnel, which allows them to have two tight ends on the field. The Bucs have two tight ends that could platoon the second spot.
First of all, don’t be surprised if they use Gronkowski as a decoy. He’s been out for a year, and with his injury history they might want to be cautious. So, if he’s able to help the offense without getting hit, they’re going to try it out.
If Gronkwoski is able to a few linebackers’ attention, he leaves open the entire middle of the field. Which in turn, would allow a pass to Godwin, if he were still the slot receiver, and Johnson.
But the Bucs have both O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate to go to in 2020. Brate’s 2019 campaign wasn’t bad at all. With four touchdowns and 311 yards, Brate could get more field time than Howard. We all know the Buccaneers will be utilizing both tight ends. It’s just a question of, who gets the most reps. And I think it’s going to be Brate.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally back, and so is football. With everything going on in the world, the NFL is one step closer to returning. That should give us all something to look forward to.
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