Most likely cuts coming for the Buccaneers wide receivers
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers already have way too many bodies competing for a wide receiver role in 2022. Here are the most likely cuts as of today.
The Buccaneers went into the 2021 season looking like they had one of the deepest wide receiver rooms in the entire NFL.
The top three was the best in the league by a wide margin, and all three of the backups looked like they could compete for the third spot if Antonio Brown wasn’t on the team.
All of that fell apart quickly.
An injury to Godwin and a blow-up from Brown put the Bucs in a position where they needed to rely on their young pass-catchers. The results were less than satisfying.
Despite getting plenty of opportunities, the young guys that started the season on the roster did little to prove that they belonged when the lights were at their brightest. It felt like the only guys who stepped up when it mattered most were new additions in Breshad Perriman and Cyril Grayson.
With that being said, the Bucs are going to have a tough battle ahead for who is going to secure those last three jobs outside of Mike Evans, Godwin, and Russell Gage. Cuts are coming, and it seems like these guys are the most likely from the group with a real chance of making the team:
Miller is approaching the end of his deal. Injuries last season made it so that he didn’t seem like he was at full strength at the end of the season, but the results were still a far cry from what we saw en route to the Super Bowl.
The Bucs just get more from guys like Grayson and Perriman on the outside to justify an undersized one-trick pony like Miller.
A long-time veteran amongst mostly younger players, Perriman could get cut due to his age relative to his counterparts above all else. Johnson and Darden should be safe, and if the final spot comes down to Grayson and Perriman, it seems like the Bucs will go to the guy who showed more when healthy in 2021.
Fringe if not still basically a rookie: Jaelon Darden
Perriman is probably still a better player than Darden. Darden’s rookie year on offense and special teams was extremely lacking, but there is still plenty of hype around the young pass-catcher.
Still, if this training camp looks anything like the 2021 campaign, the Bucs will have a difficult choice ahead if they are really prioritizing winning during Tom Brady’s final season. Although, cutting a fourth-round pick that you trading up for one year ago does seem insane.
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