Buccaneers: PFF calls Tampa’s WR room best in the NFL
Steve Palazzolo, in a June 2 article, told the world exactly what it knew about the Buccaneers wide receiver room. Despite what other teams have in their wideout rooms, Palazollo said they don’t compare to what the Bucs have.
While pff.com is not the end all on football-related matters, Steve Palazzolo hit the nail on the head with his wide receiver rankings.
No team in the league has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown as their top three receivers. No team even comes close. No team has three receivers that grade over 75 percent, according to pff.com, each. Evans now sits on the record for six 1,000 yard seasons in his career. Godwin rarely drops a pass, and his route running is among the best in the league. And AB, coming onto the team in game 9 last year, graded out at the top of the wide receiver trio according to the same site metrics.
But the depth behind those three is even more remarkable. Scotty Miller has already shown what he is capable of, and Tyler Johnson has proven to be a solid target out of the slot. Let’s face it, Palazollo got it perfectly with the Bucs at the top.
Add to that the tight end room that sports Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate, and OJ Howard, and the Bucs receiving corps is tough to beat. They stated this like it was a known fact, but we here in Buccaneerville have been aware of that for a long long time.
Mike Evans makes so many plays that his talent is almost overlooked. When Godwin came into the fold, the naysayers said he wasn’t able to go deep and was only used in outs and drags at Penn State. What they didn’t tell you was that his catch ratio was in the upper 70 percent, and he ran a 4.4 40 at the Combine. No top-end speed? Tell it to someone else. Brown’s skills are already legendary, and if he sticks with Tom Brady, he’ll be a key member of the Brady bunch.
Gronk is Gronk. During the time off, he set a world record for catching a football from a helicopter. How can you touch that? And Brate is just mister automatic when the Bucs are inside the red zone. Howard has shown bits and pieces of potential and some very good plays. Only Howard knows what can happen if he finishes a season without an injury.
The next four, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bills, and Vikings all need to catch up a bit if they expect to eclipse the Buccaneers receiver corps.
Go Bucs, finally getting some recognition.