Buccaneers: Potential return of key missing pieces turns tide vs. Giants

Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers stiff arm Michael Thomas #13 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers stiff arm Michael Thomas #13 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Injuries finally may not be as large a problem for the Buccaneers on Monday night.

The 2021 NFL season has been filled with adversity for the Buccaneers. From losing players to the clear presence of some type of Super Bowl hangover, the general theme of this season has been overcoming adversity, which seems ironic when looking at the incredible talent on the roster.

While all of the players and members of the staff have control over whether or not they overlook games and take care of business against bad teams, no one has control over injuries.

The injury bug has been a huge factor in Tampa’s season, and the injuries are consistently targeting the most important positions on the field.

The loss of every corner at some point during the season almost makes it seem like the universe is out to get the Bucs. The loss of Rob Gornkowski and Antonio Brown after the offense started the season on a tear is just cruel.

The bad news is that these injuries shouldn’t have impacted these losses. Tampa had the depth to win both of their past games despite the losses, but the performances have been lacking. However, the good news is that the Bucs could have two key contributors back this week against the Giants, which could hopefully help pull the team from the muck.

The Buccaneers likely need Sean Murphy-Bunting back more than any other player not named Carlton Davis. The secondary has struggled without any semblance of consistency, and Murphy-Bunting would absolutely bring that alongside Jamel Dean.

Greg Auman reported that there is a legitimate chance that SMB could be back in the fold as soon as Monday.

On the offensive side of the ball, Auman also reports that Gronk is a potential addition to an offense that greatly misses him.

The Bucs should have the talent and confidence to win this game regardless of the decisions on playing time for these two players, but it is still nice to see that they could be back on the field.

Both have big personalities and the team rallies around them, so having these players back could be a great push for a team that is looking for something to change their recent luck.

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