Bucs WRs No. 7

May 31st, 2018


This seems a bit low to Joe.

No, the Bucs’ passing attack wasn’t all that last year. Not anything close to what many Bucs fans expected. Still, the talent and potential is there, certainly.

Not all agree with Joe. Typing for Bleacher Report, however, Kristopher Knox says the Bucs have the No. 7 receiving unit in the NFL.

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $33.5 million deal last offseason, some believed the Buccaneers had the best receiving corps in the league. After all, Tampa was partnering him with Mike Evans, one of the most dominant receivers in football, and emerging talents Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate. They also added former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round of the draft.

Well, the Buccaneers didn’t end up with the NFL’s best passing attack. Jackson wasn’t the field-stretching deep threat he was expected to be, quarterback Jameis Winston battled injuries, and the Buccaneers finished fourth in passing (272.9 yards per game). That’s still pretty impressive, given the circumstances. We do, however, have to recognize that Tampa passed often because its defense and running games were both lacking.

If Jackson and Winston can establish the chemistry that simply wasn’t there last year, this group will be better this season. Of course, it’s also possible that at 31 years old, Jackson can’t be the speed merchant he once was. Either way, this should still be one of the NFL’s better receiving corps this season.

Outside of Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Joe can’t say there are other teams with better receivers than what the Bucs have. Knox has the Belicheats with the best receiving corps. That seems an awful stretch.

And Joe doesn’t see the Chargers as having that great of a receiving unit, which Knox has ranked No. 6. The Chiefs at No. 5 seem overrated as well.

16 Responses to “Bucs WRs No. 7”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The QB makes the receivers….at least in Brady’s case.
    Djax only dropped 1 pass all year…..and the “chemistry” we are talking about is actually physics…….yes when matter touches matter (football touches hands) as vs….matter touching air…..(football overthrown)…..that’s physics, not chemistry.

  2. OBXPirate Says:

    Yeah, it is all on the QB. Does not matter if the receiver runs the right route or makes the wrong decision.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    sounds about right…..lotta yards and no points…..very little yac…..


  4. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Lots of factors to make up “the best.” The Bucs certainly SHOULD be the best…or COULD be. Consider it was Mike Evans that is probably why Johhny Mansmell was so (overrated) good coming out of college. As VJax did for Freeman, Evans does for #3 in getting balls that most WRs could not get. Sharpen up #3s accuracy and decisions, get DJax to be a full time player, and keep working on OJ and Godwin, and the results will come fast.

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    Totally low
    We are foe show set at DT, wideouts and tight ends

  6. passthebuc Says:

    Does it matter what someone thinks at the beginning?
    I always thought it was “who is standing” at the end of 15 rounds;

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says
    “Djax only dropped 1 pass all year…”

    That is absolutely wrong. I just watched multiple Bucs games from 2017 this week and in them I saw him drop at least 5 passes. And he also didn’t make an effort for several passes that he could have caught…it appeared he was afraid of taking a hit.

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    Sleeping on Chris Godwin eh?

    Bucs have a top 3 WR unit – easy. Probably #1 if DJax and Jameis can get on the same page this year and DeSean resumes his normal 1000 yards and 17 ypc average.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    “No excuses” is right on point this season. I also say “prove it”. If you’re better than the rankings, prove it. If you deserve to be All Pro then prove it. Shut your Buc mouths, leave it all on the field and prove it.
    Go Bucs!!!
    PS: the Saints are going down hard on opening day. Prove It!!!

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Good pickup Pickgrin. Godwin is still largely unknown throughout the league. That ends this year!

    Again as I posted on another thread I think Bobo is also a sleeper. I don’t know how he finds PT though.

  11. Trench War Says:

    @Tampabaybucfan said,

    “The QB makes the receivers…”

    I totally agree although there are times that receivers can make an average QB look good as well.

    I.E. Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith made Mark Brunell look brilliant.

  12. Trench War Says:


    I think all Buc fans can say they feel the same way. There is no wrong answer to whether you can want the best for your team and be skeptical at the same time. We’ve been brought to the alter on so many occasions only to be left sitting there sobbing in our hands. It’s gotten so bad that us old schoolers just automatically stand at the altar every season without all the courtship. To be a Buc fan you have to have elephant skin. But the one thing I can say for certain, none of us (well maybe a few) never wore bags over our heads 🙂

  13. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    well, I would say that 7th is not that low of a ranking.

    On paper its higher, but I think thats fair considering that Godwin and OJ are just now coming on and Djax didnt really take off last year

  14. unbelievable Says:

    Seems like a mistake in the naming versus the ranking.

    The WR should rank very high, they have to be a top 5.

    That passing game on the other hand, well it wasn’t…

  15. MARLOW_1976 Says:

    If you do not win, or get in the playoffs, you should not expect favorable ratings at any on position. Stop the entitlement thought process now. I think the ranking is generous until there is more proof they can get the ball to someone else other than Evans, Brate, and Hump consistently. That is your #1 WR, #3/4 WR, and TE. Got to do better.

  16. Brandon Says:

    I don’t think it’s far fetched to say this is the best receiving group in the NFL. The Bucs top 4 WRs and 2 TEs can’t possibly be worse than several of the teams ahead of them. Most of these teams have one outstanding talent and backup material. The Bucs have two #1 WRs, a solid #2, and an excellent #3…. plus their TEs are better than all but Gronkowski.