Buccaneers: Antonio Brown drama leaves door open for new star

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

The Buccaneers may not have Antonio Brown much longer, and Cyril Grayson is going to take advantage of the situation.

Coming into the game, Cyril Grayson looked like the WR3 for the Buccaneers after an excellent second performance of the season last week in the win versus the Panthers.

Now, it looks like Grayson is going to be the WR2, and he makes a legitimate case to keep this job through the playoffs.

The offense as a whole struggled for the majority of the Jets game with inconsistency, but the final drive tells us everything we need to know about how the team and Tom Brady see their newest breakout receiver.

Brady targeted Grayson five times on the final drive with the game on the line. The results were four receptions for 67 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Grayson only had one drop, and the rest of his plays were flawless.

Despite being on the practice squad for most of the season, Grayson showed a comfort that rivaled any starter on the roster. Brady had guys that he threw passes to in the Super Bowl last season as other options, yet he went to Grayson instead. Brady trusts him as much as anyone, and that will impact this roster going forward.

This isn’t to say that Grayson is better than Brown or that he will make everyone forget about AB down the road, but it is clear that he is playing at a starting-caliber level, and the Buccaneers can only play with the people that show up (and stay on the field).

For every tough story like the one today that takes away from a team like the Bucs, there is a positive one such as a young player stepping up when it matters most.

Finding the positives is all a team like the Buccaneers can do right now, and a guy like Cyril Grayson is undeniably a major positive, and he just might be a star at the rate he is playing.

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