Help is on the way for the Buccaneers in the playoffs.
The Buccaneers are about as banged up as any team currently in the playoffs. Chris Godwin is out for the season, Ronald Jones is a healthy question mark, and the defense has been down several key players almost every game this season.
This season has been defined by resilience and the ability to overcome these injuries, but waiting on the depth to step up hasn’t always been the best option for this team.
The Bucs have remained busy in free agency to keep both sides of the ball stocked with viable talent all season, and that process isn’t stopping now with the signing of WR John Brown to the practice squad.
John Brown isn’t one of the ludicrous names that we have seen recently, such as Larry Fitzgerald or the elderly TO, but he does bring something realistic to the table that will fit with this offense perfectly if he can make it on the field.
The Bucs will need to beat the Eagles with very little depth at receiver if they want a chance to use Brown, but making it through this week could ensure that Brown moves into a contributing role by the second round of the playoffs.
Brown has bounced around the league for most of his career, but the consistency is there. A few 1,000-yard seasons and the volume stats stand out clearly, which is great considering what the Bucs have going for them now at the position.
It’s easy to get caught up in last game with guys like Scotty Miller stepping up, but the remainder of the unit hasn’t done much this season outside of Mike Evans and Breshad Perriman. Tyler Johnson is also starting to show flashes, but there is a decent chance that Brown could compete for that fourth role as soon as the Eagles game is over.
There aren’t many flashy options out there anyway, and Brown still has the gas in the tank to be a contributor down the road in the playoffs. Brady will love the verticality that Brown and Perriman bring to the offense, and while it won’t completely replace the loss of Godwin, the Bucs are doing the best they can to keep as many weapons on the offense as possible.
We’ll see how it works.
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