During the season, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich talked about calling players numbers and being ready for the job. On a short week in an offense riddled with injuries and a depleted receiver group, that opportunity came for Tyler Johnson. The expectations weren’t entirely high for the 5th rounder who’s health was questionable from even before he was drafted, but the rookie stood tall and did his best.
Johnson had 4 catches on 6 targets for 61 yards averaging 15.3 yards per catch, with his longest on the day being for 35 yards against a very aggressive defense. Tyler even shook 2 tackles on that play. While those numbers aren’t noteworthy on their own, they are decent with the circumstances around them. Especially with Scotty Miller not there to pull coverage back from the top, Godwin out with a hamstring injury to pull coverage to the outside or slot, and Mike Evans not being at full strength due to an ankle injury on Sunday, and OJ Howard being gone for the year with an Achilles injury. It wasn’t a career game by any stretch, but he shows an amazing amount of potential. Hopefully, we see real progress in him during the season.