Bucs 2022 training camp preview: Wide Receiver

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2022 NFL season with sky-high expectations for the third straight year, following back-to-back playoff appearances, their first NFC South title in more than a decade, and their second Super Bowl victory.

As the Bucs prepare for this year’s training camp, we’re taking an in-depth look at each position group.

Here’s how things look at wide receiver for Tampa Bay heading into this season:

Depth Chart

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

13 | Mike Evans

14 | Chris Godwin

17 | Russell Gage

15 | Cyril Grayson Jr.

10 | Scotty Miller

16 | Breshad Perriman

18 | Tyler Johnson

1 | Jaelon Darden

83 | Deven Thompkins

9 | Jerreth Sterns

6 | Kameron Brown

80 | Kaylon Geiger

81 | Vyncint Smith

State of the Position

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The Bucs have one of the NFL’s best 1-2 punches here, with a pair of Pro Bowlers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. While Evans is on track for a gold jacket, Godwin is coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered in December. Hopes are high that Godwin could be back for Week 1, and considering how vital he is to the offense overall, that would be a huge win.

The all-important No. 3 receiver role will be filled by a new addition in Russell Gage, who signed a three-year deal in free agency. If Godwin isn’t ready for Week 1, Gage will become even more vital as the No. 2 until Godwin returns.

After that, the Bucs have a deep group of pass-catchers who have shown flashes of brilliance at times, but all need to be more consistent if they want to make the final roster.

Position Battles

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After the big three of Evans, Godwin and Gage, the Bucs have a logjam at the position, and there won’t be enough room for everyone on the final 53-man roster.

There are undersized speedsters like Cyril Grayson Jr. and Scotty Miller, a not-undersized speedster in Breshad Perriman, and a well-rounded possession type in Tyler Johnson. Jaelon Darden is quicker than fast, but will need to prove he’s “the guy” in the return game if he wants to earn a roster spot, even as a fourth-round pick from just a year ago.

All of those more established names have had their moments over the past couple of years, and could make their case for a roster spots with a strong training camp. They could also be pushed by a promising group of undrafted free agents, led by Deven Thompkins and Jerreth Sterns, both of whom are big-play threats who put up huge numbers in college.

Final Roster Projection

Syndication: The Record

Mike Evans

Chris Godwin

Russell Gage

Cyril Grayson Jr.

Breshad Perriman

Scotty Miller

Jaelon Darden

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