April 22, 2021

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Rookie Tyler Johnson: “I want to be Offensive Rookie Of The Year!”

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Image Credit: Jesse Johnson | USA TODAY Sports

Baby Face

When you get a good look at Tyler Johnson, the thing that stands out to me is, he looks very young. He may be at the drinking age of 21, but he could easily pass for 16 or 17. I guess you could kind of say he has that baby face. So I’m going to go ahead and give him a nick-name, Tyler “Baby Face” Johnson.

Outback Bowl affords Arians bird’s eye view

When Minnesota was in town for the Outback Bowl to play SEC Power Auburn at the conclusion of the 2019 college football season, it is a given that the Bucs scouting team and Bruce Arians would take advantage of these two opponents being in town. That’s just what they did. At least two of the Golden Gophers did not disappoint, safety Antoine Winfield II and wide receiver Tyler Johnson. Arians and crew, watched Johnson go off in the Tampa Bowl Game. He capped off his college career with a big day, hauling in 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. From that day forward, Arians chomped at the bit in anticipation of possibly bringing Johnson back to that Bowl Game stadium to play on Sundays in a Bucs’ uniform. Arians knew that with Tampa’s needs, Johnson would have to fall just right for him to pull the trigger on draft day.

Arians was thrilled when Tyler Johnson was available in the fifth round

As it turned out when the second run on wide receivers got heated up, the Bucs found themselves in the fifth round and staring right at Tyler Johnson. Needless to say, Arians was thrilled and brought the young man aboard the ship. Since being drafted, the rookie class has had a chance to make individual videos, produced by Saint Leo University, that kind of introduces themselves to the Tampa Faithful. In Johnson’s video, he explains how he wants to be whatever the Bucs need him to be ad that his personal goal is to win Offensive Rookie Of The Year. It’s good for a young man to have goals, and it’s nice to see that one of our newest arrivals to the team has his eyes set on excellence. With Evans and Godwin both being elite, the Bucs needed to find that third guy, a guy that would come out and take the job clear cut, but it remains to be seen if he will be the slot guy that sticks around for a while. The Bucs have been using different guys in the slot over the last few seasons, so here’s to “Baby Face” reaching his goals in his rookie season. Go Bucs!!


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