Sweating It Out

April 25th, 2020

Bucco Bruce Arians witnessed.

If the Outback Bowl wasn’t played in Tampa, or Minnesota would have won or lost one other game, it’s possible the Bucs never draft wide receiver Tyler Johnson.

The star for the Gophers went off on Auburn with 204 yards on 12 catches with two touchdowns.

And who happened to be watching the game? Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians. And Johnson made a huge impression on Arians.

“Aw, man! I can’t tell you how long I was waiting on that one,” Arians laughed. “I was shaking on that one.”

The Bucs got him in the fourth round and many NFL analysts think the Bucs got a steal.

Arians said on waiting to tab Johnson in the fifth round. “I actually sat and watched that game [Outback Bowl] with my son. And I said, ‘I’ve got to get this guy.’

“We really wanted him. We had a high grade. Guys were coming and going and (loud sigh), ‘We finally got him!’ I’m really, really excited.”

Johnson gives fans a reason to get excited. He has a knack of getting open and somewhat like Chris Godwin, isn’t shy about getting physical to fight for the ball.

26 Responses to “Sweating It Out”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Nice story. A pretty good draft!

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    5th Joe

  3. Hamsadwitchtime Says:

    Draft was ok… liked first two picks and 5th, but we did not get our bell cow RB or QB to learn under Brady.

  4. Buczilla Says:

    Cool story and my second favorite pick of our draft. As bad as Licht is at drafting running backs, he almost makes up for it with his wideout picks.

  5. KingTampa Says:

    Love this pick and Vaughn pick!

  6. Pa bucs fan Says:

    Lol at the constant rb whining. The lol is actually satirical Its annoying. Rojo still has the possibility to be a good player and we just drafted Vaughn. Whine that we didnt grab a rb in the 2nd round but we grabbed a saftey that has amazing potential and clearly could have been a 1st round pick, and which also fills a priority spot on the roster. I’m happy with the draft we have had. Upgrades to our line in addation to our offseasons acquisitions make this team scary good on offence and I think our rb duo is gonna be pretty good.

  7. Kalind Says:

    This kid reminds me of Godwin. A lot. Doesn’t seem quite as fast, and he needs to learn how to hold onto the ball after contact. But I like his style

  8. Robert Says:

    Dude looks fo real.

    What I do not get………why the top picks have like 3 minutes of highlights pushing trucks and such … I.e. looks like very small amount of plays and a lot of hype.

    Help me understand as I do not watch college ball. And just do not get that they have so many small sampling’s…….

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We had a very good draft for our needs……..not flashy players…..but solid…

    I’m certainly not ready to throw the towel in on Vaughn……his Oline was the worst run blocking Oline in the FBS…….and he ran for 130 yards on 20 carries 6.5 & 2 TDs against National Champs LSU…..

  10. Pa Privateer Says:

    He reminds me of Chris Godwin in College

  11. EA Says:

    Aight so stop blaming Jason Licht for these draft picks. BA has a huge if not the final say on all of them.

  12. TBXTBucs Says:

    Draft was good got our RT, S, 3rd WR, DL depth, even our undrafted free agents fill needs I believe Vaughn will be depth to Ronald Jones I think we end up adding a veteran RB like Freeman or Lamar Miller or surprise cut to handle 3rd down/passing back for Brady

  13. bucshot Says:

    Welcome to the Big Show kid…….shine brother, shine!

  14. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Bucs have their new SLOT WR. Johnson was considered to be the 2nd best pure slot WR in the draft after Jefferson.

  15. BucsFanFromSaintsLand Says:

    Agreed, King Tampa!! Vaughn is an underrated dog!

  16. Buccaboo Says:

    Overall, pretty good draft. Free agent RB’s are everywhere (although the Breida trade killed me) we can pick up a good one for cheap. Is Mike Evans on this planet? Haven’t heard a word from him, about anything.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It will be interesting to watch Winfield covering his teammate Tyler Johnson in practice….
    Johnson looks a great deal like Godwin……very tough over the middle….not fearful of getting hit…….I think we found our #3 receiver.

  18. Miketb19 Says:

    Bruce has definitely got plans for Tyler Johnson for him to speak that highly of the kid that’s saying something right now I think he will forsure win that 3rd receiver spot over Miller and Watson and I can see why the game Arians is talking about I mean Johnson absolutely wrecked Auburn in that outback bowl like he destroyed there secondary. I can see how people can compare him to Godwin he runs routes just like Godwin it’s almost scary how similar they are in that fashion.

  19. LJS4th Says:

    Tyler Johnson is a good pick as the wideouts carried Minnesota this year. I was upset we didn’t take Akers or Dobbins, but the safety we got was really needed and is a good pick. I saw Vaughn play against the Gators a couple of times and he did good until the Gators knocked him out of both games!!! I was happy about that then, now I am concerned.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    from the looks of this tape, he appears to be definitely a number 2 nfl receiver…

    but maybe even a #1…

    nice tape…

    looks like we got a solid #3 receiver here if you factor in that brady is tossing the ball to him

  21. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I think Jason Licht and Bruce Arians nailed this draft. The only player I have a little reservation about is Antoine Winfield Jr. and his diminutive size, and whether he can hold up to all the tackling that’s required in a league that is the cream of the crop. And whether his size will be to much of a liability against the 6’3″ and taller receivers. Up here in the big leagues DC notice this stuff and will exploit it for everything it’s worth. Antoine will be tested I just hope he can rise to the occasion. You don’t want to be recognized as the weakest link.

    I give them a solid A

  22. Ricky Ricardo Says:

    @Jean Lafitte- check out Winfield’s highlights. There is no way hes the weak link of this draft. Dude is a beast. He is a punt returner also and real good at it.

    Hes also forced a lot of turnovers and intercepted the ball quite a few times last year. I believe he had 7 interceptions this past season.

  23. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Reminds me A LOT of Chris Godwin!! I think this dude will work well

  24. BringBucsBack Says:

    Johnson’s UM QB looks good in this highlight-reel. What became of him in the draft?
    He has a good play-action fake, keeps his eyes downfield, seems to go through his reads, seems decisive and throws an accurate ball. Any UM fans here to corroborate or refute?

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Unless ROJO somehow goes through a dramatic conversion in the off season…an epiphany about how to protect the QB…he’s never going to see third down.

    But I hope it’s not totally predictable..ROJO for a couple of downs and then Vaughn on 3rd for his better pass pro skills…but if that’s what it takes. I just hope both players get decent opportunities. Two RB’s sharing a workload are desirable in today’s NFL especially when neither of them is a “beast mode” back.

  26. Bucamania Says:

    Tyler Johnson is a stud. Always made big plays at key times for the Gophers. I expect him to be like Ike Hilliard, moving the sticks. He’ll be a fan favorite. Great pick in the 5th.