Todd Bowles Admits He Worries (A Little) About Receiver Injuries

September 22nd, 2022
Todd Bowles

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

You have to start wondering about the care Bucs players receive at the AdventHealth Training Center when virtually the entire receiving corps is hurt.

Hamstrings? Good grief, do players learn at the AdventHealth Training Center how to pull hamstrings? It’s an incredible number of injuries coming from that place.

Joe will just worry about offense here. Chris Godwin has a hamstring injury, Playoff Lenny has a hamstring injury, Russell Gage doesn’t look like he’s 100 percent back from a hamstring injury.

Then you throw in Julio Jones and his knee injury and Donovan Smith’s hyper-extended elbow and Josh Wells’ calf injury and wow, all of this and it’s only Week 3? Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller are banged up, too.

So many receivers down with injuries sure has Bucs coach Todd Bowles’ attention. He admits he’s worried some.

“We have depth,” Bowles began. “Any time you lose quite a few guys at one spot, you’ve got to worry a little bit.

“We’ve got guys that needed to step up and make plays and we kept them around for a reason. They’ve got to go in and perform.”

The first thing Joe thought of was, boy, it sure would be nice to have Tyler Johnson.

But Bowles is right. Dudes were kept for a reason. Now these same guys — Joe doesn’t need to type names today, you know who they are — need to demonstrate their value to the Bucs and make plays.

Scotty Miller is in a contract year. What he has put on tape this season isn’t going to create a stampede for his services when March rolls around. A touchdown catch in the NFC Championship, albeit a major play, will only get you so far in this league.

Anyone remember Jaelon Darden making a play on offense outside of his holding call on Sunday? Now would be a good time for him to show he’s a receiver.

Joe likes Breshad Perriman and he has made plays. He’s also had dropsies. Let’s hope he can be more consistent.

Joe guesses this is an example of why backups more often than not play like, well, guys who belong on the bench.

38 Responses to “Todd Bowles Admits He Worries (A Little) About Receiver Injuries”

  1. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Paying $20 million for injury prone Godwin, hasn’t played a full season since 2018

    Adding injury prone Julio

    Paying $10 million for Gage who wasn’t hugely productive on a team with not many receiving options

    Feel like we are wasting Brady’s last year with these choices

  2. Oxycondoms Says:

    Selecting wrs based on special teams play was costly


    Maybe Deven Thompkins comes up from the Practice Squad? I really like that kid.

    Yes the number of WR injuries is SO frikking frustrating. Hopefully it all shakes out pretty soon.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Also hope that Thompkins gets a chance.

  5. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Correct your mistake Jason Licht-Sign Suh and reach settlement with Hicks.

  6. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I believe the Bucs will win this weekend. Green bay gave up 8.1 YPC on the ground and only faced 11 pass attempts.

    The bucs can play smash mouth football by running the football and play action.

    I’d love to see what Cade Otton can do in the pass game.

    Hope the defense continues it’s red hot streak and I think the run defense will improve without Hicks in the lineup.

  7. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Our run scheme is awful so don’t believe just because, the Bears ran all over them with a mobile QB that the Bucs can run all over them. Our run scheme is so uncreative its painful to watch.

    Also doesn’t help that we run in predictable situations

  8. Joe Says:

    On Thompkins:

    If Bucs were sold on him they wouldn’t have signed Cole Beasley.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    Miller is only effective if the team fields underneath WR’s, which is lacking today.

    Do teams even need to defend between the hashes playing this team?

  10. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Pewter Warrior Justin Fields wasn’t a big contributor. Montgomery and Herbert averaged 8.1 and 9.5 YPC respectively with Montgomery earning over 120 yards on just 15 carries.

    Things are not perfect with the injuries/inexperience, but I believe they can and will dominate the line of scrimmage running the ball Sunday.

  11. Buc4evr Says:

    Keeping Darden and cutting Johnson was a huge mistake. Miller takes himself out of plays with his poor route running and catching. Have not seen much from Gage in crucial situations. Our TE’s are a non factor as they have to block. Brate is a waste as a receiver. Red Zone is a total disaster. Bucs spent a lot of money in the off season on guys who are not producing.

  12. Anon Says:

    Joe’s take is awful. Tyler Johnson can’t even see the field for the Texans, what a dumb thing to say.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Gage & Perriman will need to step up Sunday….& we need to use our backs & TEs more on early downs……

    Don’t care if TJ can’t make the field for Texans….he made it for us and did quite well……

    I, too would like to see Thompkins on the field….he seems to catch everything thrown his way.

  14. Dave in Winter Park, Fla Says:

    The Bucs are now signing street bums off the street in Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season. Let’s see, OL Destroyed by injuries, WR Destroyed by injuries, TE worst in NFL HISTORY, your top RB playing with 1 leg and a 45 year old man with declining skills. Good old Beck (WDAE) gonna hate Rogers some more. Packers 24 Bucs 10.

  15. Redeemer Says:

    I’d be worried too. The only saving grace is that Rodgers is throwing to nobody’s also. The team that scores first will probably win. Better pray that some of these guys come back next week, because the bucs will need to score to have a chance against KC.

  16. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    @ A Bucs Fan

    Even though Fields didn’t run much, the threat of a mobile QB helps the run game. Look at the Aints week 1 run defense they were gashed by ATL, Bucs don’t have that scheme to take advantage of the defencies of a defense like other teams.

    I’d love to be wrong but I doubt we have success running like other teams have had. Our scheme and play caller don’t help us in that aspect of the game

  17. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I agree with your thinking. I just believe the Saints were built to directly beat the Bucs (heard that from Malcom Jenkins own mouth). So I am not surprised that it wasn’t pretty against them. I expect Lenny will have similar success against the Packers as he did the Cowboys (I hope Sneak Vaughn finally gets some carries too. Kid has good burst).

    I think the Bucs are very limited in what they can do offensively with all the injuries so I can appreciate what you’re saying but hope that as they heal up we will see more variety in the play calling.

  18. D-Rok Says:


  19. ocala Says:

    I agree with Joe on Darden, but that holding call was one of many awful penalties called against the Bucs last Sunday.

  20. Bobby M. Says:

    If Tyler Johnson was available I bet we still take Beasely, however I’m starting to think we should have kept Johnson instead of Miller or Darden.

  21. Goatfarmer Says:

    Someone saying our run scheme sucks obviously missed the Cowboys game where Lenny went for 6 upcoming. Moron.

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Goatfarmer, I agree with the Dallas comment but am I the only one that saw BL went back to last seasons scheme? Dallas & Saints running game was apples & oranges. The injuries are huge, NO receiving TE and down to the 4th, 5th, 6th receivers. It’s no wonder Bucs are 30th in red zone O. Was Cook picked up? If not dump Rudolph and try him. With Evan’s out this could be the worst receiving core Brady ever had in 23 yrs, not to mention the oline. If Bucs win Sunday that will show this team has balls because the offensive personnel is very weak.

  23. Anon Says:

    Saints run defense which is a top one in the league is not the same as the Packers RD. People are overreacting.

  24. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    There’s star players all around the league down for long stretches … I think the way they practice where they don’t hit each other anymore, they barely play in preseason and when the season starts they’re not ready for those big hits!! There’s no speed like game day speed and pampering these guys all preseason doesn’t prepare them for it!!

  25. Says:

    Seeing Justin Watson catch that bomb TD from Patty Ice hurt a bit.

    Not going to name names… Then names the 3 names lol Joe got me cracking up

  26. james west Says:

    sighn OBJ

  27. captivajim Says:

    Licht or BA must have to rethink; WHY they kept Darden & let Johnson go

  28. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Joe guesses this is an example of why backups more often than not play like, well, guys who belong on the bench’.

    Yeah verily. That seems to be especially true for certain skill positions like WR & CB.

    I’m sure that starters run better routes, but danged, our backup WRs don’t seem to be able to catch the ball … Perriman (37.5%), Miller (37.5%), Darden (hasn’t even been thrown to yet). Numbers like that don’t scream ‘Hey Tom, throw me the ball & I guarantee a TD’.

  29. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Thompklns can catch. Is there a problem with his route running?

  30. Ash Says:

    Tyler Johnson couldn’t create separation by his route running or his lack of speed so almost every throw to him was a difficult one and it was never darden or Miller vs Johnson they are different types of receivers it was Johnson vs perriman and they made the right choice they probably have similar catch rates but at least perriman has speed to create separation.

  31. Ron Potter Says:

    We’re 2-0. Not sure why fans are complaining about the WRs we kept on the roster. You can’t predict injuries and some of these WRs needed to contribute on ST. I wish these armchair GMs and armchair HCs would shutup. I think the GM and HC have made solid choices to this point.

  32. Dave in winter parks Daddy Says:

    Dave in winter park . You sound very stupid.
    I am definitely glad you are not running the team!

  33. Sumosam Says:

    In case you guys haven’t noticed the Bucs are fairly deep at most positions. It’s a marathon not a sprint. I think we’ll be fine but I would have liked to have Suh on the team. He is missed and can’t be replaced.

  34. Mike Johnson Says:

    Who is gonna step up come Sunday? Brady’s gonna sling it. I just hope we got somebody with reliable hands. We dropped quite a few against them Saints. Defense will not win every game for us.

  35. unbelievable Says:

    You chicken littles need to calm down.

    Besides Jensen and possibly Wells, none of these injuries are season ending. Guys will be back. It does suck to be down so many with games coming up against Green Bay and KC, but it is what it is. Next man up.

    Tho I agree about the training / conditioning staff… been saying for years that they are sub-par.

  36. Hodad Says:

    Two FA busts at receiver right now, let’s call it what it is. J.J. started the season great, but alas, the oft injured WR is well, injured. Russell Gage is harder to find then the invisible man. At least Jones came cheap. Glad we traded Johnson because he didn’t play teams.

  37. Anon Says:

    Hodad you’re a bum bruh it’s 2 games. TJ can’t even dress for the Texans to sit your butt down.

  38. Sparky Says:

    Reading these comments you’d never know we were 2-0, just beat the Saints, have only allowed 1 TD and have the Greatest QB of ALL Time on our roster.
    Take a breath guys.