With the regular season, just over 3 weeks away and training camp has been ramping up. Position battles are heating up; it’s definitely, time for some celebration with everything 2020 has presented so far. One position battle that’s heating up and is worth watching will be for the 3rd receiver spot that was held by Breshad Perriman last season. But since Perriman is now a member of the New York Jets, it’s a position that may not see just one or two guys occupying it.
Much like last season, the Bucs have a group of receivers with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who all respectively have a fair chance at being “the man,” and that speaks volumes for a franchise, who seems to have held talent at the position for the last 10-years. But inconsistencies under center have overshadowed the talent, and have at times caused rifts in the receiver room. Those days are long gone though with the arrival of 6-time Super Bowl Champion, 3-time League MVP Tom Brady, and his 3-time Super Bowl Champion tight-end Rob Gronkowski.
When it comes to the 3rd string receiver position, though, don’t expect an answer anytime soon. Not with how things are going to be this season, especially with pre-season games being taken away fully (at least for this season). That doesn’t mean that things aren’t going to be interesting to watch between Justin Watson, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson Jr, John Franklin, and Bryant Mitchell. All 5 can easily fit right in as all but Johnson Jr. (2020 5th rd pick) have experience in Arians’ offense. Last week, Arians sang the praises of Justin Watson saying “he’s looked really, really good — he lost 10 pounds, and I think he hit 21 mph yesterday and that’s flying“ That says a lot for the 3rd year receiver, who has received most of his praises on special teams before injuries to Evans, Miller, and Godwin gave Watson an opportunity to shine. And shine he did, catching 14 passes for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns over the final 4 weeks of the season.
Another name in the mix is second-year receiver Scotty Miller, who is known as the fastest guy in the room and seems to be settling in. Miller, who has said he grew up a Brady and Patriots fan, is definitely in awe over catching passes from the GOAT, especially after turning a 50-yard pass into a 90-yard score on Monday. After battling with injuries for most of his rookie campaign, it’s easy to understand the hunger inside of the young Miller.
Regardless of who the third man will be for Tampa Bay, one thing is for sure. Getting to catch passes from Brady can indeed lead to a bright future not only for the receivers but also for the record during the season. Losses aren’t automatically wins, but playing from behind and pointless turnovers are sure to be a thing of the past.