Buccaneers opponent issues bold challenge to newcomer

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The offseason drama has begun between the Buccaneers and the Saints. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is ready to face off against Kyle Rudolph.

Finally. We have something new to make the last few days before the Buccaneers start training camp a little more interesting.

The Buccaneers signing Kyle Rudolph was a quiet but quality move. Rudolph isn’t going to jump off the page to the casual viewer after being buried on some bad teams in recent years, but he meets a need for the Bucs and meets that need well.

Rudolph wasted no time in showing off his new threads for Tampa, and in doing so opened a wound in a young Saints defensive back.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson immediately welcomed his newest rival to the division with a challenge. It makes sense that this photo would poke at a soft spot for most Saints fans and players, but calling out any player on a Tom Brady-led team is a dangerous proposition.

Sure, as Saints fans love to tell the world, they have owned Brady and the Bucs during the regular season. The last win over New Orleans in the regular season feels like a decade ago, but talking so much trash about regular season wins when you rival wins a Super Bowl feels like popping champagne when you come in fourth place in the race.

It’s a bold move to go about anything in this way on social media, but most of these asinine fans don’t even have their face in their profile, so these are meaningless boasts.

Gardner-Johnson is a different story.

You absolutely have to respect the confidence. Gardner-Johnson has no shortage of this when playing the Bucs, as he should, and he isn’t going to stop anytime soon.

The only issue with all of this talking is that it usually has a way of coming back to you.

Odds tell us that the Bucs should finally end the drought against the Saints in the regular season this year. It certainly isn’t a given, but that dam has to break eventually. Gardner-Johnson picked a. impressive time to call out one of the most well-respected tight veteran tight ends in the game, and this competition just got all the more interesting as the Bucs gear up to finally get this relatively-meaningless win.

As we all know, the only time that beating the Saints actually matters is the post-season. They can have everything else and hang as many banners as they want.

Still, this matchup should be very interesting when we finally get to see it.

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