Buccaneers breakout star has easily earned roster spot

Cyril Grayson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Cyril Grayson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers have no choice now but to keep wide receiver Cyril Grayson.

Cyril Grayson may not be the player that we all expected to help carry the Buccaneers in their passing attack today, but perhaps we should start to expect performances like these from here on out.

Grayson played his first game of the 2021 season against the Saints in a tough loss in New Orleans. Grayson didn’t play much on offense, but his one catch for a 50-yard touchdown came in the perfect moment, and it clearly showed that the spark for greatness was there.

The Bucs then got some pieces back and moved Grayson back down to the practice squad. They hadn’t seen enough to keep him on the active roster, but that should have changed today.

In a day where offensive efficiency was hard to find on both sides of the ball, Grayson and Antonio Brown made Tom Brady’s life a whole lot easier. Grayson finished the game with 81 receiving yards on three receptions, and added in a 14-yard rush to come up just shy of 100 total yards.

This is two games now where Grayson has been a big-play machine, and it is time for the coaching staff to recognize that these contributions would come far more consistently if they keep him on the active roster.

Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson were non-factors today. All of the draft picks and the contracts came to nothing, yet here Grayson was, ready to play.

You win your job every week in the NFL. It doesn’t matter what your name is or how much you get paid. When you perform, you play. And Cyril Grayson has blown expectations out of the water.

There is even an opportunity here for the Bucs to use Grayson unlike anyone else on their roster outside of Chris Godwin. Grayson showed he had the speed and the quickness today to become a unique weapon that has plenty of upside in a high-powered offense. This led to a manufactured rush, which easily went for a first down. This type of player is becoming much more common in the NFL, and Byron Leftwich could see Grayson as this fit for the Buccaneers.

With two weeks left and plenty of question marks at the position, the Buccaneers should have no choice but to keep Cyril Grayson as one of their lead men. In fact, Grayson should probably get WR2 or WR3 looks until Evans and Godwin are back. At this point, he has done far more than most of the depth players for the Bucs, and he has only played in two games. Imagine what he could do with more opportunities.

Let’s just hope the opportunities keep coming.

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