4 replacement for Russell Gage after season-ending injury

Who could step up and replace Russell Gage after the Bucs wide receiver suffered a season-ending injury?

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1. 48. . 7th Year. David Moore. David Moore. player. David Moore. . 6'0" | 219 lbs

There has been a lot made about the young and hungry Bucs at training camp -- don't say it, but I had to. So many players are green in their careers and almost a third of the roster consists of undrafted rookies.

However, it's a seven-year veteran on his seventh team who could step up the most to help adjust for the loss of Russell Gage.

David Moore might not be the flashiest receiver in the group, but he has an ace up his sleeve thanks to his relationship with offensive coordinator Dave Canales. Moore spent the bulk of his career with Canales as his coach in Seattle and those seasons spent together also happened to be the most successful of the receiver's career.

If there's a case to be made for what Canales can do for a Dude like Deven Thompkins, the argument can be made that Moore is already that player. Canales molded him into an impact performer with the Seahawks, something that could end up paying off in Tampa Bay if Moore is able to elevate himself to WR3.

He's certainly put in his time and earned at least some consideration in the conversation. He's slotted second-in-line behind Chris Godwin as the Bucs WR2, and it's looking likely that he'll earn a roster spot heading into the season. With a foot already in the door, and his offensive coordinator very familiar with what he's capable of, Moore could be the perfect candidate to fill in for Gage as slot receiver.

Moore has the build, he probably already has a roster spot, so why not try him out as Gage's replacement and see what happens?