The Buccaneers are finally getting some good news.
The injury bug is killing the Buccaneers so far this season. Losing all of your starting corners at one point, one of your starting pass rushers, your best tight end, and your best pass-catching running back is nothing easy to recover from, yet the Bucs have been able to pull out three wins in four games.
The competition in these wins hasn’t been great, specifically Atlanta, but pulling out wins later in the season with so many critical injuries will be very difficult.
Tampa played with a limited group last week against the Patriots and was still able to win, and this week they should see more familiar faces return.
At least the Bucs are getting positive injury news for the first time this season.
While the Bucs will still be without key players like Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Rob Gronkowski for an undetermined period, Jamel Dean, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Giovani Bernard are making their return this weekend against the Dolphins, according to Greg Auman on Twitter.
The return of these three should pay off plenty for a team that missed their services last weekend.
The pass rush still looked solid with Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in the starting role, but Jason Pierre-Paul being back will still help the unit out as a whole.
Jamel Dean is the biggest returner to be excited about. The secondary hasn’t looked great to start the season, largely due to injuries, and the return of Dean will keep opposing quarterbacks from passing with so much ease against this secondary.
Finally, Giovani Bernard will be another great addition after missing last week. Leonard Fournette looked great as a three-down back, but Bernard is still the best pass-catcher in the unit. Brady needs as many weapons as possible against a sneaky Miami defense, and having Bernard back should help plenty.
Let’s just hope all of these players can stay healthy.
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