While nothing is guaranteed yet, here is a look at the most-likely depth chart for the Buccaneers of their wide receivers during this upcoming season.
As far as receiver corps are concerned, the only teams that can hold a candle to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the Dallas Cowboys, the Cleveland Browns, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though some of these teams look good on paper, all of these other teams will likely fall flat in this category during this season by comparison.
Without a doubt, the Buccaneers have the best duo in the league with Mike Evans as the WR1 and Chris Godwin as the WR2. Very few teams have the talent to produce a pair such as this, with both being contenders for the All-Pro teams for the foreseeable future.
Outside of the top two is where the Buccaneers will have to define their unit as a whole. Their top two are incredibly talented, but they aren’t enough to grant the title of best receiving corps on their own basis, but they do come close.
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The third spot on the depth chart is far more debatable than most people would think. Tyler Johnson may look like the obvious lock to play in the slot and earn the third-most reps, but Scotty Miller has shown the speed and the production towards the end of 2020 to garner some attention for this role.
While the smart money is on Johnson at WR3, don’t expect for Miller to disappear if he ends up in the fourth spot.
Another surprise contender for that third spot is Justin Watson. Watson is a far more complete receiver than most fans get to see in his limited reps, and his combination of size and speed does leave some reason to believe that he can also earn some time in a more defined role.
Because he is not as fast as Miller, Watson may be at a disadvantage, but the Buccaneers do have an above-average depth piece with Watson on the roster in case of an injury to any of the first four receivers.
The maximum number of receivers that the Buccaneers would likely keep on their final roster is six. With numerous tight ends and running backs taking up spots, it will be next to impossible to roster seven receivers, especially when the tight ends are as versatile as they are.
The final spot on the roster will be a toss-up, but it is likely wide open for the time being. The Bucs would be smart to keep a diverse talent to use in a unique role, and recent addition Travis Jonsen would allow the Bucs to round out their roster with a multi-dimensional WR6.
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