The depth receivers for the Buccaneers
4. Jaelon Darden
Wanted to get ahead of this one. Certainly a prisoner of the moment situation, but Darden is absolutely crushing it at camp. Even when playing against the great starting Buccaneer secondary, Darden is getting open with ease.
Everyone who sees Darden play raves about his talent and how quick he is clicking in the offense, so while he may not start the season as the fourth receiver, he has every bit of skill to take over that role by the time the playoffs begin. Based on the very limited showing at camp, Darden could even give Brown a run for his money on some of the WR3 reps, but that may be a bit too much to hope for in year one.
5. Scotty Miller
Miller and Darden should be interchangeable in that fourth spot. The only reason why he is bumped to five here is that Darden is the more versatile option.
Miller made a name for himself as a deep threat last season with some miraculous catches, but opposing defenses will key in on this much more in 2021, and Miller will have to make more with less from a distance standpoint.
Whether he is in the fourth or fifth role, expect Miller to still play a huge role for Brady when it counts. Tom loves all of his receivers, and the connection with Miller will come in handy on critical downs.
6. Tyler Johnson
Johnson is a starter on any other team. The Buccaneers have been killing it with mid to late-round draft picks on receivers in recent years, and Johnson is no different.
With an excellent couple of catches in the playoffs and a good end to the regular season, Johnson would be a much more significant part of this roster if there wasn’t so much talent.