Buccaneers: Predicting the 2021 wide receiver depth chart
By Rob Leeds
The starting receivers for the Buccaneers
1. Mike Evans
Don’t listen to anyone who undervalues Mike Evans. Anything less than recognition as one of the best receivers in the NFL and best offensive player in Buccaneer history is blasphemous to Evans, and we won’t let that start now.
Regardless of the recent resurgence of Chris Godwin, Evans is still the best receiver on the Bucs. With great size, speed, strength, and the ability to completely bully opposing defensive backs on routes or in blocking, Mike Evans should still be the go-to on the Buccaneer roster in the red zone and everywhere else.
2. Chris Godwin
If Godwin can stay healthy, an issue that plagues him and Evans, he is also one of the best receivers in the NFL. Godwin is the best receiver with the ball in his hands on the team, so expect him to get plenty of slant and drag looks when Brady faces the most pressure.
Together, Godwin and Evans are the best duo in the NFL beyond a shadow of a doubt, and Godwin’s versatility will only add to the most potent offense in the league after a full year playing with Brady.
Godwin is dominant wherever he lines up, but as the Bucs start to run more three-receiver sets, look for Brady to target him even more out of the slot in 2021.
3. Antonio Brown
This one was harder than it looked. Brown is the most accomplished receiver on this list and has a unique chemistry with Brady, but the Bucs still have a few guys on this roster that will try to push for some of Brown’s WR3 reps.
Brown will assuredly start the season in the third role after a great 2020 season, but he will need to be on top of his game and on his best behavior because the Buccaneers have plenty of other receivers they would like to thrust into a more prominent role.