The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has been firing on all cylinders so far this season. Their consistently fantastic production has given the ailing defense, which has been plagued by injury after injury, the necessary wiggle room needed to win the majority of their games so far. Now, while the entire receiving core has been playing exceptionally well, Tom Brady seems to have a solidified guy he prefers to turn to, Antonio Brown.
If you were new to football and just watched the Bucs this season, you would probably think that the duo have played together for their entire careers. Their chemistry is on par with other top duos in the league, such as Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams or Patrick Mahomes and Tyreke Hill. It baffles the mind that the two have barely played together for a full season given how well they consistently connect.
The stats may also show nicely for Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who are also excellent receivers, but the advantage Brown brings as a WR3 gives him a unique standing in the offense.
The combination works even better with the composition of the Bucs offense, as loaded as it is, because Brown often finds himself in favorable coverage matchups. It makes sense that it works as well as it does though. Both Brady and Brown are seasoned veterans with football IQ’s far above most players’. They both see the field and their positions exceptionally well, allowing them to rarely miss any opportunities. When you then combine their experience with overwhelming levels of talent at their respective positions, you end up with a lethally efficient duo.
Also, it must be noted that the success of the Bucs offense is in no small part due to the unselfishness of every receiver on the team. It’s almost a given that every time a Bucs receiver scores a touchdown, the first people that run over to congratulate him are all the other receivers. The Bucs receiving core has shown that they value winning over individual stats, which has allowed the entire offense to truly flourish under a quarterback that spreads the ball around as well as Brady does.
All three of the Bucs starters are projected to finish the season with over 1,000 receiving yards. Brown may be in third place for now after missing a game, but don’t let the stats fool you.
Expect Antonio Brown to continue to produce the rest of the season, especially on big plays where Tom Brady often looks to find him.