As much as some Buccaneers fans may still want to see Russell Gage in the third spot, Julio Jones will be too much to overcome when healthy.
There are actually some Buccaneers fans out there that did not want Julio Jones to come to Tampa. Those fans cited Russell Gage as a better player, making the decision foolish to pay Jones when he was going to be WR4.
Those people are boring and lack imagination. They also let the media and recent injuries get the better of their brains.
Julio Jones is still one of the best receivers in the NFL when healthy. The health side of things can be up in the air at times, but Bucs fans can rest assured that a different role in Tampa could help this issue from being as chronic as it was.
Gage is still probably the WR3 in the eyes of the team, but that likely won’t last much longer. Even the players recognize how good Jones still is.
“Looks like a tight end, runs like Scotty Miller” is not something you say about a guy and then follow it up with “…but he is still not better than Russell Gage.”
Davis is going to know better than almost anyone. Between the current battles in camp and the years of lining up across from one another on Sundays, Davis is going to know all about Jones and how to recognize “freakish” play from an opponent.
The reports on Gage have been extremely positive, but his ceiling just isn’t where Jones’ is.
The Buccaneers might not make the decision yet, especially when everyone is just trying to get reps for now, but the rest of the team and the NFL are going to start catching on to Davis’ comments soon, and a change to the depth chart won’t be long behind that.
Even if the job falls to a 3A-3B split, Jones is going to quickly show everyone that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank as a legitimate starter alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
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