Buccaneers: Antonio Brown’s return could not come at better time

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be welcoming back Antonio Brown into the fold. Truth be told, this return could not come at a better time for the Buccaneers.

Sometimes fate can be a real devil hooch. Just as it seem that the Bucs were getting healthy, they got absolutely ransacked by another stampede of injuries.

It’s honestly hard to say which one is the most “notable“, but the news of wide receiver Chris Godwin tearing his ACL, thus ending his 2021 season just may have hit the hardest. While there are other injuries to key veterans that are resulting in likely vacations on the injured reserve, they should at the very least be back for the playoffs. One of these players is fellow wide receiver Mike Evans.

With these two stud receivers on the shelf, the Buccaneers are suddenly depleted at wide receiver, which is a situation they never thought they would find themselves in. Even with Rob Gronkowski back into the mix, they still need playmakers on the outside. Fortunately, the return of AB is looking like the result of luck that only Tom Brady possesses.

After being away from the NFL for both on the field, and off the field issues, Brown was being almost eased back into things by being there third wide receiver option for Brady and the Buccaneers. Now, he will find himself as the number one option after not playing since the teams week six victory in Philadelphia.

This will be no small task, but fortunately the quarterback in this scenario won his first Super Bowl with the likes of Troy Brown, and David Patten at wide receiver. Of course, that was eons ago. What also won’t help is the fact that Leonard Fournette went down, just as he was morphing into “Late Season Lenny“. The running game should not be what it was the last few weeks, thus rendering the play action pass less effective.

All things considered, this is still not an ideal situation. However the return of Antonio Brown, one that seem like it may never come at all, could not have come at a better time for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.