The Buccaneers could have a new star in wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. This is a quote that rings true throughout professional sports, and the Buccaneers see this on display on a near-weekly basis.
It feels like almost every game by the Bucs has massive implications for the season. Even the games against the teams that aren’t great have a lot of influence on the end of the season, so Tampa needs to treat every game as if it is the most important of the season.
Despite the importance of the games and the talent on the roster, this season hasn’t been easy for the Buccaneers. Injuries and suspensions have made numerous games more difficult than they need to be, but the depth has come through when it matters most.
Breshad Perriman was a long shot to even make his way back to the Buccaneers this season, yet here he is. The game-winning play against the Bills is just the cherry on top.
Sometimes, all it takes is one big play by a “big-time” player in one of those “big-time” games to spark something special. Perriman stepped up when it mattered most for a team that needed a play in a huge way, and that can quickly bleed off into the rest of the season.
One play may not seem like much, but that play could’ve completely changed the way Tom Brady sees his receivers. Tampa is still without Antonio Brown and playing Perriman mainly in the third role, and maybe Brady sends a few more passes over the next few games after his performance on Sunday. Why wouldn’t you put more trust in him?
Perriman has all of the physical traits to work wonders in the offenses, and now his confidence has to be at an all-time high. The speed and size make him a formidable third receiver in the offense, and Brady now sees what he can do with one of his newest players.
This may seem like a lot to glean from just one play, but the NFL is all about the little things. Not exactly the butterfly that beats its wings in Southeast Asia that causes a hurricane in the Caribbean, but it could just as well be the spark the Bucs need to have another player step up to the plate in a key playoff push.
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