“This Is Who I Am Now”

April 22nd, 2022

Cyril Grayson

Joe was moved just short of tears hearing this.

Damn, the fourth episode of this season’s In The Current has been particularly moving. Congratulations to the Buccaneers’ production team for their annual Hard Knocks-style series at Buccaneers.com.

Fans remember wide receiver Cyril Grayson’s big fourth-quarter touchdown catch against the Jets in January. It was a must-catch for Grayson, in part because the throw was precise and the Bucs were trailing with just 15 seconds remaining, but also because Grayson couldn’t afford another deep ball drop.

Grayson’s first big opportunity from Tom Brady (in 2020) was a good throw that hit Grayson in the helmet because he didn’t get his hands up in time. It was an embarrassing moment. And he was grilled on live television and skewered on social media. (See Twitter video below).

But Grayson didn’t back down. Heck, he had been cut seven times before arriving in Tampa, so adversity was nothing new to him.

In this episode, Tom Brady is part of a feature that praises Grayson for being a guy who took a moment of adversity and turning it into a positive. Whereas for many players, per Brady, their football life falls apart after a big, bad play.

“Eighteen months later, after a lot of hard work and a lot of commitment, that play was not going to define him and he was going to make up for it,” Brady said.

“This is who I am now,” Grayson said.


34 Responses to ““This Is Who I Am Now””

  1. AL121976 Says:


  2. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    We need him this year.

  3. Miller5252 Says:

    It’s good to see him have that confidence. Best part was Brady and the 2 birds say f&@k you TV! 😂 Think belicheat would have let that go in air?

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Cyril … Every day is a new day. What you accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) yesterday doesn’t mean diddly. Now’s your chance to show ’em what you got. Hang tough; we need you.

  5. HC Grover Says:

    Good for him!!! Now add AB back and Deebo. We be stylin! Evans, AB, Deebo, Grayson, Perriman. LFG That is five all time receivers.

  6. Dooley Says:

    Grayson building on his success from 2021, makes our WR room a little bit more dangerous. One of the many underneath guys on the roster that get looked over when loopy offseason analysis is flooding our sports media feeds.

  7. Marine Buc Says:

    Good stuff. This guy needs to stay healthy for an entire season. A tall task for a converted “track and field” guy…

    Same with Miller and Perriman. I hope we can stay healthier next year – 2020 was rough.

  8. Casual Observer Says:

    I like Grayson – and Perriman too. We aren’t so bad off at no. 3 WR until Godwin is ready. We have good WR depth already, imo.

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    In other news – TB12 restructures his deal and creates @ $9M of cap space for the Bucs…

    Plus we signed a DL today.

  10. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    Joe. Is he under contract this year? We need him.

  11. Cobraboy Says:


    “He’s Cereal.”




  12. lambchop Says:

    Grayson can take over the AB role – not entirely, but from a speed perspective. He has improved a lot and now the team must put him in position to make plays on a regular basis.

  13. SB Says:

    HC Grover Says:
    April 22nd, 2022 at 3:28 pm
    Good for him!!! Now add AB back and Deebo. We be stylin! Evans, AB, Deebo, Grayson, Perriman. LFG That is five all time receivers.


    You sir, should be banned from commenting after that one alone.

  14. Allbuccedup Says:

    Marine Buc did he sign an extension? If so lets trade Trask to some poor quarterback desperate teams but not to anyone on our division.

  15. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Allbuccedup

    It appears his contract is just for one season with a few void years added to spread the cost. Also a clause which prevents the Bucs from using the franchise tag on him next season…

  16. HC Grover Says:

    SB get a brain. Insults are not good. A constructive objective dissent would be apropo but you people always want to BAN others opinions. Take a hike.

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    @ HC


    You just cracked me up…

    “SB get a brain. Insults are not good.”

    Best line of the day!

  18. Allbuccedup Says:

    Marine Buc that franchise tag is very interesting

  19. Bucs Win Says:

    Stretch those hammies out good Cyril.

  20. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Allbuccedup

    I agree. If TB12 plays next year it probably won’t be here…

    I’m just happy to have one more season of glory.

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Grayson is on the second year of his 2-year contract and will receive $895 in 2022……he will be a FA in 23…..

  22. 1sparkybuc Says:

    AB had his chance with the Bucs and Brady and blew it. Screw him. May he rot in a fictional inferno before any team in any league pays him another nickel. He had no consideration at all for his teammates.

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    Me too Marine Buc have bought more jerseys, shirts and sports memorabilia the last two years than in the last twenty. Great to enjoy the ride.


    That is PRECISELY why I love that kid.

    I am rooting for you man and hope you are with the BUCS for a long, long time.

  25. Mark A Swygert Says:

    HC Grover, while Deebo would be a great acquisition, you know we can’t afford him. He’s looking for a big payday.

  26. SPARKY Says:

    You read this story about the interaction between Brady and Grayson and then the story above about Brady helping the team free up money for other guys, and you see one big reason he has 7 rings. Players love him and will run through walls for him

  27. SB~LV Says:

    I don’t buy it, the transformation into a dependable WR…

  28. firethecannons Says:

    No reason not to think he could have a breakout year this next season, he has speed and getting chemistry–matter of time.

  29. Eckwood Says:

    A track guy with hands is rare but hands and injury free due to the dewatering nature of how they build, train and get fast is almost unheard of ???
    Cy , dog you are an NFL receiver and you must be hydrated and a touch slower at all times or you will not be an NFL receiver . Truth!!!

  30. David Says:

    Other than the big game ending play, this guy showed some good route running and more than just straight line speed. I know he is only going to be fourth or fifth on the depth chart at receiver when Godwin gets back but I really hope he takes advantage of his opportunities because he looks like he has the potential to be really good

  31. GOB Says:

    Just get better on special teams. If you need to count on this guy at all to catch passes from Brady, then we’re all porked.

  32. WVBuc Says:

    The biggest story being overlooked is how does Joe only get 10 likes on his tweet? Maybe Joe’s friends don’t tweet? Maybe most of Joe’s friends have been banned?

  33. adam from ny Says:

    it seems tommy b has gone from loving scotty miller to loving cyril grayson…

    these tings happen

  34. DEEEMO Says:

    NEEDS to stay Healthy!!!! He can be a difference maker with that speed!