Surprise position becoming a liability for the Buccaneers
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers came into the season looking like they had the best wide receiver room in the NFL. It is hard to make that argument now.
Offensive prowess has been one of the greatest strengths for the Buccaneers over the past few years. Despite all the other struggles, you always knew that this team was going to be able to move the ball through the air, and that strategy worked well en route to the Super Bowl.
Now, Tampa’s offense has shockingly become one of the worst in the NFL, and part of that is due to a surprising lack of production from one of the most talked-about positions on the team; wide receiver.
The Bucs came into the season looking like they had the best wide receiver room in the league. In fact, they ended the 2020 season and started the 2021 season with the same claim, and it is fair to say that the group of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and Russell Gage could’ve been better.
Sadly, this group has fallen way short of these expectations. Not only do the Bucs not have the best wide receiver room in the league, but this group has actually been holding the team back at times.
Mike Evans has not been himself this season, Chris Godwin is still not over his injury, and Julio Jones and Russell Gage can’t stay healthy.
Passes have been dropped, receivers aren’t on the same page as Tom Brady, and the overall product of the passing game has been lacking.
All of the issues don’t stem from the wide receiver room, but it is clear that this unit isn’t going above and beyond any longer to help pick up the slack. Hopefully the Buccaneers can find a way to get their receivers back on track for a late-season push.
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