“Tyler Johnson’s The Dude”

May 10th, 2020

A teammate checks in

Hearing this fresh chatter from a Bucs player reminded Joe of 2014 training camp at One Buc Palace.

During that brutally hot summer, Joe remembers patrolling the sidelines shooting video (for studying purposes) of Bucs big-money free agents Michael “Ghost” Johnson going against Anthony Collins.

Over and over Joe saw Johnson and Collins play to a stalemate. It almost felt like the former teammates worked out a deal with each other. The rest, of course, is bad Bucs history.

On Friday, Bucs rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr., talked about facing fellow Tampa Bay rookie Tyler Johnson, a fifth-round receiver, in practice for years at the University of Minnesota.

“Tyler Johnson’s the dude,” Winfield told WDAE radio. “He’s very competitive. He had great routes, great hands. He’s going to be a playmaker on this level, I believe.

“You know, we practiced together throughout the last four years. We’re very competitive with one another. So it’s going to be fun to compete at the next level with him.”

Winfield had other good things say about his ex-teammate, who caught a whopping balls and touchdowns through the past two seasons.

One key, Joe believes, is Winfield noting practicing against Johnson for four years. The Bucs drafted a lot of mature rookies this season. Winfield and Johnson turn 22 before opening day, and third-round running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is 23 years old (older than Ronald Jones) after four college seasons sandwiched around a year off because of transfer rules.

19 Responses to ““Tyler Johnson’s The Dude””

  1. Sport Says:

    Joe- Didn’t you also see JW have a terrible camp last year as well? We all know how that turned out as well.

    Excited about Johnson. The tape shows he fights for the ball, a trait Godwin had coming out as well.

    In BA I Trust!

  2. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Brady likes to throw to receivers who separate to clear windows

    he will go to another read or dump it off

    Tyler Johnson is a poor man NKeal Harry which Brady couldn’t connect with

    Bring Nipples Hump back if he gets cut. Hump will break the Bucs regular season receptions record”

    Kobe Faker

  3. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:


    I think Scotty Miller will get clear separation on virtually every route for Brady, which is why I think he will blow up this year in addition to Godwin, Evans, Gronk, Rojo, and the entire team really…

  4. SB Says:

    I sure hope Tom Brady reads these articles.
    Maybe he will sue Joe for libel, slander and defamation of character.
    At the very least I bet he shirks joe for interviews early and often

  5. SB Says:

    “Winfield had other good things say about his ex-teammate, who caught a whopping balls and touchdowns through the past two seasons.”


    Well….how many balls and touchdowns?

  6. Smashsquatch Says:

    The hype train is a locomotive and I’m aboard. Before the train even left the depot my nephew who attends University of Minnesota texted me to say we got a steal. That’s all I needed to hear to buy a ticket. It seems all the seats have since be taken. He’ll provide excellent depth and excels in the slot, a staple with BA’s offense and TB’s playing style.

  7. Marine Buc Says:

    PFF has an article out “Predicting breakout rookie wide receivers using PFF grades and dominator rating”. I recommend Buc fans to check it out.

    Player Career Dominator Rating
    Tyler Johnson 42%
    Antonio Gandy-Golden 38%
    Aaron Parker 35%
    Denzel Mims 34%
    Darnell Mooney 32%
    Isaiah Hodgins 31%
    Jalen Reagor 31%
    Isaiah Coulter 30%
    James Proche 30%
    Justin Jefferson 29%
    K.J. Hamler 28%
    Bryan Edwards 28%
    Kalija Lipscomb 27%
    Brandon Aiyuk 27%

    Tyler Johnson was off-the-charts in this metric over the course of his career, but let’s not get too carried away. Sure, Johnson’s rating was nearly double Jerry Jeudy’s (22%), but Johnson didn’t have the competition for touches in Minnesota that Jeudy did at Alabama. Still, we typically want to see players fare well in this metric. For example, despite being picked 57th overall by the Rams, Van Jefferson’s career mark of 18% doesn’t bode well for success at the next level.

  8. BigHog Says:

    ^^^a whooping amount of balls and touchdowns through the past two seasons …there I fixed it Joe…some of your posters are becoming low fence carriers …if you can’t comprehend something written by Joe …call on the BigHog and I’ll try to help with my so called 5th grade understanding …I got your back Joe tho I know you can withstand the pressure on your on!!!

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    Hey Joe I’m not trying to step on toes or anything. I’m just trying to share info with the Buc fans here. I don’t know your policy on sharing info from other sites. Not trying to break any rules here.

    I can’t wait to see Tyler Johnson at the WR3 spot. I can’t believe we got him in the fifth round.

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Marine Buc … Joe’s always been pretty good about that IMO (allowing folks to share other links?) but he will put your input in the cooler first while he checks it out. Don’t blame him one bit based on some of the terrible stuff some have posted on other sites. The internet can be a great source of information & communication, but unfortunately there’ll always be those who will misuse the privilege.

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Defense

    Cool. I was just sharing info from a recent PFF article. I recommend Buc fans check it out.

    “Predicting breakout rookie wide receivers using PFF grades and dominator rating”

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Defense

    Tyler Johnson ranked #1 at 42% – Career Dominator Ranking.

    Which is typically a solid indicator for success as an NFL receiver.

    He might be a steal as a fifth round pick.

  13. mark2001 Says:

    Smash…cool…My son was accepted to UW Madison and U Minnesota. Chose UW Madison… Minneapolis/ St. Paul a little too urban and son loved Madison, but both great schools especially in the STEM areas. The Gopher Way is the coolest thing. Mine graduated last year, ceremony with Watt was great, and best of all, he still has a job. Wish your Nephew success; he will have a great degree from a great big ten school. Probably doesn’t need luck. And yes…I expect great things from both those new Buccaneer/Gophers.

  14. Craig Says:

    He will get a bunch of chances. Opposing teams will key on Godwin and Evans to start. That will allow Johnson to run free, for a while.

    He is the steal of the fifth round and will probably carry a chip on his shoulder because he fell so far.

    It should be grand.

  15. Tony1775 Says:

    Boring in here, about time Joe queues up a Jameis article.

  16. Tony1775 Says:

    what if he is the “Dude disguised as a dude but playing another dude?”

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    I like how Licht seems to be drafting mentally tough guys.

  18. Bradybru Says:

    No way no more JW, it’s not healthy to keep living in the past

  19. Buczilla Says:

    So far Licht has been hot garbage at acquiring running backs, but the man knows how to get wideouts. I wouldn’t be shocked if this kid ends up third on the depth chart.