Tyler Johnson The New Mr. August?

August 20th, 2022

Tyler Johnson finishes a route in training cap practice this week.

Just judging Tyler Johnson’s play in two preseason games, he’s a lock for the roster.

Johnson had a very up-and-down rookie season in 2020, with major catches in key games and some bad drops. He followed that up by celebrating the Super Bowl win too much and was out of shape in 2021 training camp, which really fried Bruce Arians.

This year Johnson is in shape and he’s having a helluva preseason. Joe wonders if his play in two preseason games will carry into the regular season?

Running back/fullback Earnest Graham was the original Mr. August for the Bucs (2004-2011). It took him a while to turn excellent play against landscapers, hardware store managers and short-order cooks into strong play in the regular season, but he eventually did.

Joe hopes Johnson doesn’t channel Graham in his early years and become more known for balling out in games that don’t count.

20 Responses to “Tyler Johnson The New Mr. August?”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard is not a Gator homer but Trask did look better than Gabbert.
    Trask may even develop into a good NFL QB.

    Joes: In the interest of getting 100+ comments Howard would like to see a Kyle Trask post. Thanks in advance

  2. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I like Boles but not as a head coach he should stay as D coach he reminds me of Dungy

  3. Kyle Says:

    What is going on??? Stinnie, knee looked bad.. jesus Christmas..seasons over.. im gonna just watch preseason nba

  4. Bucamania Says:

    TJ look re-committed. He’s a good WR5.

  5. Lou Says:


    You clearly don’t remember Michael Morton. He was part of the duo Coach MacKay originally christened as “Mr. August.”

  6. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Lou…. don’t forget Rick Berns RB from Nebraska. A strong Mr. August candidate.

  7. Posey99 Says:

    Johnson has looked great and should not be on the field for preseason games unless brady is throwing to him .

  8. MadMax Says:

    We gotta keep TJ….he’ll be right there to rest ME and Julio….trust me….Thompkons is looking good….if we have trade value in one, its scooter….and I hate saying it. That speed. But TJ has that size thats needed.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    As a depth WR, I think he’s a good player, but he just doesn’t have the speed to be near the top of the depth chart. But Arians loved his blocking, so he can do that. Also, who knows, maybe by being in better shape he can gain a little quickness that does help compete, maybe as a future #3.

  10. Ash Says:

    I think tj is on the bubble more than Miller

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    Ash – I’d agree with you there, mainly because what is the upside of TJ? If everything goes perfect, maybe he’s a #3, but he doesn’t do much this season. Meanwhile like Scotty’s upside is probably the same, he still has that deep balling timing with Brady and does something that no one else on the team does, and that is run by defenses. Even Perriman with his 4.3 combine speed, doesn’t run by anyone.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    TJ is a lock. Sterns and Geiger are gone. Scotty dropped a perfect bomb, not good for his case. But everyone’s favorite overrated Darden didn’t do anything either. Almost making a catch, almost breaking a tackle, means he didn’t make a play.

    Trask? Once again some good throws and some terrible decisions, pocket awareness and ball security issues. Like Winston without the talent or the upside.

    At least the defense, right down to the last floor scrubber, looked really good. Pass rush, especially JTS (!) was beasting. Even saw Logan Hall with an inside pressure. At least there is that.

    Gardner makes the team.

  13. SirClicksAlot Says:

    TJ is in year 3. It’s that magical year when things tend to click for young receivers. Despite a slow year last year, he actually progressed well, showing understanding of the playbook even if he was thinking too hard on the field. And most importantly earning the trust of Tompa Brady to be the 4th most targeted receiver. I’m expecting him to ball out and we are seeing that talent grow now.

  14. Bucs Guy Says:

    Keep Johnson, trade Miller and any other receiver who played tonight and a team wants to get a G. None of them will see the field except for special teams maybe.

  15. Fairminded Says:

    Tyler Johnson at his best is as physical a receiver as Godwin and has similar upside. With Godwin still not fully recovered, and Gage and Julio still learning the playbook, he could have a breakout season and we’ll deserved. Good problem to have with so many decent young WR’s. Licht has never made decisions based on draft position so I would expect Johnson over Darden

  16. Dooley Says:

    Tyler Johnson reminds me of Mike Williams before he got paid by Dominik, but with Ty, we’re not asking him to be WR1.

  17. BucsfanFred Says:

    Lou, you beat me to it. Micheal Morton was the original Mr August back in the early 80s. 10 yards a carry in August. 1.5 yards a carry in September.

  18. BucsfanFred Says:

    I used to brag about the little guy, but my friend Richard Rust would remind me he did this last year too.

  19. Bucamania Says:

    When is Perriman coming back?

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    Fairminded Says:
    August 21st, 2022 at 5:29 am
    Tyler Johnson at his best is as physical a receiver as Godwin


    Godwin ran a 4.4, much faster than expected, and it was surprising with that speed he feel that far.

    Tyler, meanwhile, didn’t run a 40 at all because it was expected that if he did, he wouldn’t get drafted as it would likely be in the upper 4.7s. Also this wasn’t Jerry Rice running a 4.7, people thought that TJ looked slow on tape and would struggle at the NFL level to get open. So far, that has been the case, when the team has needed TJ because of injuries, like the Rams game, he didn’t do much.

    BUT that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a place on the team. As a deep depth WR he’s above average and can get open vs backup safeties, depth corners and LBs. As a #5 or #6 WR, he’s a weapon. But I don’t think he’s a #3 right now, not unless he can get more speed from somewhere.