“Variety” Show Benefits Offense And Defense

July 29th, 2022

New Buccaneer Julio Jones

Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Evans are on the same page when it comes to the dangerous and educational buffet that is the Tampa Bay receiving corps.

Joe talked to Murphy-Bunting this week about the addition of Julio Jones as it relates to how Bucs cornerbacks are blessed to be able to learn from such a diverse and talented group of receivers.

Per SMB, Julio arriving means the Bucs found one more way to the make their already uniquely dynamic receiving corps more special and one-of-a-kind.

“Just having different varieties and different body types and all of the have really good talent,  good speed. So as a DB you get a good look at every type,” Murphy-Bunting said. “Cyril Grayson’s coming along, Scotty Miller, obviously, and just going against Mike Evans and Chris Godwin every day for the past couple of years. Obviously, adding Breshad [Perriman] and Russell Gage and now Julio, it just gives us a different aspect, a different demeanor.”

Joe thought that was a little noteworthy because Evans went there today without being prompted, noting Julio arriving “makes us more well-rounded.”

It’s true. The Bucs’ receiving corps, if it’s not the best in NFL history, it’s got to be the most diverse when it comes to players’ strengths and body types.

Bucs cornerbacks shouldn’t face anyone this season and say they never practice against a certain type of receiver. Well, maybe the Rams, but Joe won’t go there on this fine Friday.

19 Responses to ““Variety” Show Benefits Offense And Defense”

  1. Dew Says:

    I can imagine how pissed the Packers & Saints are that Julio signed with the Bucs. We would be concerned if he had signed with either of them.

  2. GOB Says:

    Dew, I wouldn’t. Jones is as washed up as I am. He’s just a name. Calling this the best receiving group in NFL history is a bit of a stretch. It’s not even the best group of the Brady era. I’m sure the 2000 Rams, and 89 49ers/Redskins would have something to say.

  3. Mike pizzoli Says:

    hey GOB nice shout-out to the trio of Redskin wide receivers that was Art Monk as the physical one Gary Clark as the possession guy and Ricky Sanders as the speed guy. They were really good, the ’91 Redskins is an underrated team in NFL history

  4. steele Says:

    GOB, I remain as skeptical as you re:Julio, although he looked awfully good in underwear practice. People seem to hang on to names and auras long after their primes. The only WRs I trust at the moment are Evans, Godwin (when 100%) and Gage.

  5. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Now SMB can get beat by his own team everyday too!

  6. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I think Julio is gonna have a good year for us, IF we can protect Brady.
    If Ryan Jensen stays down, that will mean we have 3 new players on our line!

  7. MadMax Says:

    Looking good in that uni….

  8. NCBucfan Says:

    Chris Tucker,

    It is a scary thought! But if anyone can make it work it’s Brady! The only silver lining, is that it happened so early, it gives us a chance to adjust. With that being said, I still think licht should bring someone else in. Unless they see leverett as a good backup. But injuries can strike at anytime, need depth!

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    You people saying Julio Jones is washed up are delusional.

  10. Just Saying Says:

    Julio was a luxury we didn’t need. We have a lot of wr talent that is ready to harvest and signing Julio means letting some home grown inexpensive talent go. The loss of Jensen just shines a light on areas of the team that were thinner and could have used that attention. I think Julio ends with us the way he fizzled in ATL and TN. Since he’s a Buc now I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think I am.

  11. Craig Says:

    I think Julio was pretty pissed at Atlanta for trading him. He will have a new attitude here.

    The Bucs have tons of speed, a pot-up guy, Godwin, and a few who might be a something else (new guys).

    I am not going to say they can be the best ever, but when you look at the paper they are capable of so much.

  12. PassingThru Says:

    Best in history?

    No, I’d go with Issac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim, Ricky Proehl, and Marshall Faulk. Sure, Marshall Faulk was a RB but he operated as a quality receiving option.

  13. bucsfan13 Says:

    @Just Saying We have a lot of young talent ready to harvest? Are you insane? Did you not watch this offense turn into a HS level group when CG left and AB went nuts. This is a passing league now and our offense is receiver driven that needs proven talent to succeed. Not to mention this is an all in season with Brady. Save the harvesting for when Trask is QB1.

    Bowles had a perfect answer as to why we picked up Julio. Why wait until something catastrophic happens at the position and be left trying out the likes of John Brown because no one is available. Last year was traumatic. Also, Julio’s contract is quite reasonable and doesn’t affect the cap. By the way you worry warts shouldn’t be so uptight about the cap when we are in a win now situation. This window shuts fast. Hello, lost decade.

  14. 1sparkybuc Says:

    We won’t lose to any team in the division with Julio. We have enough talent that he doesn’t have to play most of the snaps. We can rotate everybody and keep them fresh and healthy. Julio and Gage are familiar with the defenses in our division. I believe Julio will be just fine, and I see a division sweep coming up. We have talent behind the top four WRs. It’s a shame that we can’t keep everybody. Some of these guys we are going to wish we had back in a few years.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think Julio is far from washed up. He knows the game inside out and everything about it. He’s a savvy veteran player. He’s just not your workhorse to start the season. Julio needs to be on a rep count and save him for the show in January. He’s got mad skills and always has, just keep him fresh and healthy so when he’s in he’s doing damage to defenses.

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    No doubt Jensen is a loss but worst case scenario Licht trade big picks to go get a top tier center if he has to. They aren’t going to let a big loss slow the train this early in the season. It’s Super Bowl or bust and Vegas has forgotten the Licht factor in their odds making. Jensen is awesome but we can get another as good or better. It will cost though, so pony up. 😂

  17. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Julio’s been hurt the last two seasons but what everyone seems to be missing is that Julio has been looked upon as the #1 option everywhere he has gone (possibly #2 in Tennessee with A.J. Brown) but he has never been asked to be a #4 option. Of course, he has to stay healthy and if the hamstring is chronically bad then it’s bad.

    Don’t be surprised if Julio is on a pitch count the first half of the season. Ira made an INCREDIBLE point in the last podcast about Julio’s playoff record in terms of completions and TD’s. I had no idea his playoff numbers were that good.

    Breathe in / breathe out, folks. It’s still July. This team is going to be very good as long as TB12 is upright.

  18. Chris Flores Says:

    No one will be double teamed with this much talent

  19. View from 132 Says:

    He should not wear 85 unless he changes his name to Ocho Cinco Dos.