May 18, 2021

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Tyler Johnson: 5th Round Gem?

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Image Credits: John Autey | John Autey photography

Now that the Draft is in the books, let’s focus on the 161st pick: University of Minnesota wideout, Tyler Johnson. Immediately after the Bucs named their selection, Bucs fans were quite impressed with the selection. It’s hard to argue when your team picks up the player who owns school records in receiving yards (3,305), 100-yard games (16), and touchdown receptions (33). I’ll admit I didn’t know much about this guy when the pick was made, but I can say I am happy with this type of pick especially when you open his draft profile on the Buccaneers Mobile App, the first words you read are “Contested-catch warrior“. When you read about Johnson, you see descriptions such as “rebound champ“, including “impressive knowledge of body control to keep defenders away from the football” it’s easy to see why Jason Licht and Bruce Arians did exactly what they did last year and “took the best player available” and that seems to be a good thing for the tandem.

With Perriman gone, can Johnson be a viable replacement?

When the Bucs signed Breshad Perriman last season, it was solely to help with the over the top speed that was being lost due to the departure of diva wideout DeSean Jackson. Perriman had a shaky first half of the season, causing many to call for the team to get rid of the wideout, but by end of the season, many were singing praises of the 7th year receiver. Fast forward: Perriman has signed a deal with the Jets, but the Bucs still have a room full of receivers. Drafting Johnson doesn’t automatically mean he will be the third receiver on the depth, but it definitely puts players, such as Scotty Miller and Justin Watson, on the hot seat (the first needing to be on the edge of his). Johnson is the type of wide-out that can help the Bucs on the outside and inside as he played all 3 while in college.

Last year, Miller spent much of last season hurt, and when he was on the field, he seemed to struggle in his first season while only making a few splash plays. Watson, who is in going in his 3rd season and has yet to truly make much of an impact when given the opportunity. Both Miller and Watson have the capability to be a vital asset with Tom Brady, as the 43-year-old quarterback has found previous success with his check-down receivers.

It’ll be interesting to see how things progress if OTA’s and Training Camps are able to happen, especially if the NFL teams are able to roll out virtual training. Until then, check out the Bucs App to learn more about Tyler Johnson and other draft picks. Stay tuned to Bucs Life Media for up-to-date coverage and breaking news of your Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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