Buccaneers: 3 veterans that need a strong showing in training camp
By Rob Leeds
The wide receiver room for the Buccaneers will be a dog fight from day one
Antonio Brown/Scotty Miller/Tyler Johnson
The final player likely comes down to a three-way tie between Brown, Miller, and Johnson. One of these players will be the WR3 for the Buccaneers, likely Brown, and one of the other two will likely be the WR5.
The jump in playing time and opportunities between a WR3 and WR5 is massive, even on this offense. Any of the above players has the talent to be a legitimate starter on most teams, but they can’t afford to miss a single rep during camp if they want this chance in the spotlight.
Brown and Miller spent time as major contributors during the regular season, and Johnson also started to play a more significant role as the season went on. All of these players have also shown a connection to the quarterback and clearly understand the offense, so to pretend that Brown is the runaway favorite to be the WR3 rather than a WR3a and split the role with someone else is slightly jumping to conclusions.
A weak training camp from any of these players could easily send them much lower on the depth chart, but a great performance could also greatly expand their opportunities during the regular season.
In addition to the competition between these three, there is also a rookie threat in Jaelon Darden to watch out for, so the wide receiver room should put on a show from day one in practice and will show no signs of letting up throughout the season.
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