Updated Buccaneers depth chart after Russell Gage season-ending injury

Here's what the Buccaneers depth chart looks like at WR after losing Russell Gage for the season.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dealt a serious blow on Wednesday when starting wide receiver Russell Gage needed to be carted off the field with a 'severe' injury.

It was later revealed that Gage suffered a season-ending injury, which puts the Bucs in a bit of a tough spot. We are three Sundays away from the season starting and the team now needs to figure out how to replace Gage on the depth chart.

There are a few intriguing options on the free agent market, but the Bucs have very little cash to spare. There could be a scenario where the team tries to free up some cash to sign a guy like T.Y. Hilton or Sammy Watkins on a budget deal but it's hard to see that happening.

Instead, the team will probably look in-house for an option. Not only is that economical but it's probably going to give the Bucs the best option possible.

Updated Buccaneers depth chart after Russell Gage season-ending injury

Note that this isn't the official depth chart revealed by the team, as we won't be getting that until after Saturday's game against the Jets. However, we can read the tea leaves a bit and project what it might look like -- or how it should look based on what we've seen so far at training camp.


Mike Evans

Rakim Jarrett

Taye Barber


Chris Godwin

David Moore

Ryan Miller

Cephus Johnson


Trey Palmer

Deven Thompkins

Kaylon Gieger

Kade Warner

If there's been one standout at Bucs camp so far, it's been Trey Palmer. Not only did he talk a big game before going up against Sauce Garnder, but he backed it up by absolutely cooking him at practice.

We didn't mention Palmer in our list of knee-jerk solutions to replace Gage, attempting to stick to guys who might jump up the depth chart behind him. It's getting hard to argue that Palmer isn't a serious WR3 candidate, if not the favorite to take the role when the season begins.

A wide receiver trio of Evans-Godwin-Palmer is pretty darn good, and it's starting to look like the Bucs got an absolute steal in the sixth round.

Someon else to keep an eye on -- both in terms of potentially being WR3 but just in general -- is Rakim Jarrett. He entered camp as a sleeper to steal a roster spot and he's looked every bit the part so far. We'll get a better look at him on Saturday when he's expected to factor heavily into the offensive attack.