Bucs Bring Back Tyler Johnson, Ryan Smith

October 31st, 2022

Tyler Johnson.

The season is saved!

Joe is being sarcastic, but it was fun to type. Today Bucs general manager Jason Licht signed receiver Tyler Johnson, a man with a Bucs Super Bowl ring, to the club’s practice squad. And he did the same with special teams ace/cornerback Ryan Smith.

Johnson was cut after the the Bucs’ preseason, and the 2020 fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay landed with the Houston Texans before being released this month. Smith, the Bucs’ 2016 fourth-round pick, left the Bucs after the Super Bowl season to join the Chargers. Smith was cut from the Colts’ practice squad last week.

Interesting about Johnson is that Bowles said after his release that he had “no special teams value.”

Joe likes the Johnson signing. He’s solid insurance. For now, Julio Jones is healthy after finishing the Baltimore game in one piece and catching his first Bucs touchdown pass.

Speaking of Julio, Joe hopes Smith seeing him in the hallway of One Buc Palace doesn’t trigger dangerous flashbacks.

72 Responses to “Bucs Bring Back Tyler Johnson, Ryan Smith”

  1. teacherman777 Says:


  2. Thunder Says:

    Johnson should have never been cut. We would probably have another win if we had kept him.

  3. TiredBucsFan Says:

    Bowles has no value either.

  4. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Can we put Bowles and Leftwitch on the practice sqaud?

  5. Lets Go Bucs! Says:

    BA has been quiet… did Bucs brass lock him up or send him overseas?

  6. Boodidley Says:

    I’m pretty sure they would mess up the practice squad somehow

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    If Ryan Smith sees the field on defense… I swear to god…

    Literally the worst corner I’ve ever seen in my life. Literally.

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Cut Jones. Promote Johnson.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    Bringing back Tyler Johnson was a good idea, however it also says a lot that he couldn’t get active on the Texans roster, then they cut him – yet was starting for us in the playoffs.

    But with how every Bucs WR is constantly injured, you need as many bodies as possible.

  10. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Trade Hicks for Chubb.

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Good moves
    The Lost Season

  12. LOL Says:

    This team is SLOW on Offense. Seems like they need an injection of SPEED.

    Miller and Darden don’t count. Because they haven’t done S&#T

  13. LOL Says:

    This team is SLOW on Offense. Seems like they need an injection of SPEED.

    Miller and Darden don’t count. Because they haven’t done S&#T

  14. firethecannons Says:

    so humiliating to be a Bucs fan my lord they punt on making coaching changes and bring back a nonproducer Tyler johnson–what for? honestly good for absolutely nothing done with this team

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    The team has speed, Miller, Julio, Perriman, all are speed guys.

    What the team doesn’t have is quickness. None of those guys are quick. That’s what AB brought to the team, a guy who can use his quickness to get open quickly underneath. That’s why Beasley was brought in, and he would have been an excellent fit if he still had anything left.

  16. ManzielMadness Says:

    Really hope they only brought Ryan Smith in for ST help. Do not want to see him playing CB at all.

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    I’m glad the Bucs got their Johnson back…

    Now let’s play like it!!!!

    Go Bucs!

  18. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    These moves just make it more laughable!! Why waste anything on a Chubb and bring back these clowns ? I love Joe and fellows Joes thinking this season is going to magically turn around with a 3-5 team, but after they comeback from Germany they will be 3-7 ?? Start the rebuild and get what you can, but I will bet anyone a $100 that they won’t beat the Rams ( who took their pride and soul ) and a well coached Seattle team. Did you see Pete motivate his decimated team that beat the Giants. I will give someone 5-1 odds that they go to 3-7, so $500 or $100.. dead serious because most people know how bad this group ( that can’t be called a team ) is !!!

  19. FairMinded Says:

    I like Tyler he’s tough and reminds me of Godwin. Not sure he’ll see the field but hope he does and makes the best of his chances

  20. rrsrq Says:

    Johnson should’ve never been cut as stated earlier, don’t know why Texans cut him, maybe he was showing Lovie that ring he got with Tampa and automatically went into the Lovie doghouse, Lovie was like that “don’t bring that stuff round here, it’s as simple as that” but TJ would wear it to practice

  21. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    He can’t even get on the field for the Texans, but he’s good ?? Lmao

  22. Statguy Says:

    Because he wasn’t on the field with the Texans lol… They are coached by lovie who is just as inept as this staff.

  23. Nate Says:

    Am I crazy but he looked like the best wr in preseason on the team.. what the hell is going on with thus team

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    FairMinded Says:
    October 31st, 2022 at 12:38 pm
    I like Tyler he’s tough and reminds me of Godwin. Not sure he’ll see the field but hope he does and makes the best of his chances


    You mean if Godwin ran a 4.7 instead of a 4.4.

  25. Ash Says:

    He got cut cuz he is still slow he was slow here he is slow there now he is slow back over here with the need for wr to quickly get separation because of a oline that Tom doesn’t trust this move does nothing. A move I want to see is on the staff if other teams can get better results with lesser talent why do the bucs find it so difficult gotta be on coaching.

  26. Listnfrmafar Says:

    @Yuc, 4 stadium seats? Haha, yuc,yuc. Start Trask or Gabbert and watch your value sink as low as Bowels & Leftnuts careers. Nice pick up, season saved.


  27. Pewter Power Says:

    Lol and there it is hahaha Jason Licht brilliant plan to get back in the playoff hunt.😑

  28. Bucanero Says:

    Bring back da’juice!

  29. Bucanero Says:

    Trade Rudolph for OJ

  30. D-Rok Says:

    Here’s a crazy pre-trade deadline hypothetical trade: Go get Roquan Smith and plug him in with Lavonte, and put DW on the edge.

    Our D would be much better.

    As for our O, the most glaring need is for the O-line to play better. I saw glimpses of good play in first half against Ravens. Not sure bringing in a player will help us much, unless we get an outstanding guard. Obviously, if Gronk were to come back in playing shape would be huge.

    Otherwise, we got who we got and our only hope is much better execution from top to bottom.

  31. Hodad Says:

    Devin Thompkins runs a 4.32. You would think he’d be better throwing a quick receiver screen to instead of Evans. Bet with that speed he’d be better than Jones on an end around. To bad we don’t have an O.C. who can scheme a few plays for that kind of speed. Forgot, Thomkins isn’t 30 something, and on his last legs, he doesn’t fit the Bucs mold for a receiver. He’s way to young, and much to fast to put on the field. Bet the Chiefs would find a way to use that speed.

  32. Power of Pewter Says:

    If the OLine isn’t executing by now, halfway through the season, it’s unlikely they’ll suddenly turn the corner. I like the Tyler Johnson pickup. He may be slow, but he can catch. For all their speed, Miller and Darden aren’t reliable hands. They drop most of their targets.

  33. Maniac Buc Says:

    No more Scotty again, I hope!

  34. richbucsfan Says:

    According to my source, BA has a gag order.

  35. Usedtocould Says:

    LFG! Bring back Minter!

  36. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    @Listnfrmafar thank God they won’t get my money after this season and should have just driven on the expressway and thrown thousands out of my car 😳 !! Thankfully I sold my 4SC tickets for this weeks game and got 70 percent for the tickets, but the only positive thing I’ve experienced at Ray J this year was seeing The Weekend ( that show was 🔥 ) My buddy who’s big with Tampa Sports Authority got my son a Brady helmet and signed jersey that I basically paid 10gs for ?? Lmao… I’m done brother and it was a great 2 years and then this debacle went down, but REFUSE to pay to watch the rebuild and agree that Blaine should play and surprised after Brady going 8 and out and should have been 3 ints didn’t get benched. Have a good week and 28-13 Rams

  37. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I always liked Tyler Johnson, and happy we resigned him.
    No, it will not fix our problems but receiver depth is always a good thing, especially with how fragile our receivers are proving to be.

  38. captivajim Says:

    Johnson should have never been let go.. Now , they should let Jones go & put Johnson on the field instead of gage-let gage finally get his hamstring straightened out

  39. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Can we trade Bowles, Leftwich, Julia, Gage, Rudolph, Goedecke, and Devin White to any team in exchange for a first round draft pick or one of their caliber player.

  40. Jack Sparrow Says:

    We can give them Fournette as well for free

  41. Anonymous Says:

    Been saying since the cowboy game without Gronk we need a gamebreaker at WR our most explosive skill guy is Rachaad White

  42. D-Rok Says:

    Good point on Thompkins, Hodad. At this point, what could it hurt to at least give it a try?

  43. Ash Says:

    Would love to see them try to use thompkins at this point they should try everything Johnson can stay on the practice squad every throw to him is contested catch because of his lack of separation got plenty of that already don’t need more of the same.

  44. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I just could not believe Leftwich called Julio Jones on an end around, with his history of injury.
    Godwin used to be a gamebreaker, and so did Mike Evans, until him and Brady got on different pages.
    I watched a video of Arians calling out Brady when he tried to Blame Evans for an interception when it was Brady who was in the wrong! In the video Arians explains how Evans read the coverage correctly, and adjusted and Brady did not.
    Perhaps that is the reason Arians is not coach anymore, because he would not cosign any of Brady’s crap ?

  45. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Yup Chris@apple, BA k it’s how to read defenses better than Brady, more idiots on this site. Yuc, if you recall which you won’t, the three amigos were all standing in a triangle in the same area, (another BL botched play), I guess Brady thought one of them would try for the ball. The other Evan’s cut in when he was supposed to plant and not sure of your third reference. Whine about your D, keep them under 19 pts the second half Bucs win. Oh, Otton dropped the 2 pointer right in his hands but it didn’t matter Lenny decided to leave early even though he was.in no part of the play.

  46. Bojim Says:

    Nice. Shouldn’t have let them go in the first place. Especially Johnson. I will never understand that. Besides, Julio will get hurt in the next game. Yes, I’m a frustrated fan.

  47. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Meaningless moves that do nothing to address the biggest problems which are the Oline and Dline. Jason Licht has a BIG hand in the collapse of our beloved Bucs by not acquiring the line improvements necessary to even have any semblance of a running game(We have none now) or being able to stop the run on D. Brady was always at his best using play action , but without even a minor threat of a running game from Tampa , opponents can play the run as they rush Brady on every down , it makes playing D easier.

  48. Listnfrmafar Says:

    @YUC, I just realized your 10 G’s just paid for Brady’s first child support payment.

  49. Cobraboy Says:

    Smith replaces Britt on ST’s.

  50. Bucsfanman Says:

    This should tell you about what they think of our WR back-ups (Miller, Perriman, etc…)

  51. Deeez NATZ Says:

    Great hopefully he can play d line and q.b…Buthole toilet bowl saves the day!

  52. SOEbuc Says:

    Rod Munch

    I admit Smith is garbage on defense, but he has much more size and experience than McCollum. Teams find the small fifth round rookie that can’t make an open field tackle and go to work on him in the passing game.

  53. unbelievable Says:

    Bahahaha. This organization is failing the fans miserably.

    Other teams are trading for top tier defensive ends, linebackers, guards, RBs, WRs, etc.

    We picked up 2 average guys, despite having MASSIVE holes at DE/OLB, G and RB.

    What a joke.

  54. adam from ny Says:

    so this is their idea in loo of trade deadline moves?

    gotta do something…and fast

  55. HC Grover Says:

    OJ next?

  56. Pickgrin Says:

    The last time the Bucs had a good ST ‘gunner’ was when Ryan Smith was here.

    I for one am glad he is back with the team that drafted him for that exact reason – our special teams have been anything but special for quite some time…

    LOL – Jason Licht was probably thinking – “Man – it just looks bad if I don’t have at least ONE player left on the team from that 2016 draft….”

  57. IE Buc Says:

    Cutting Johnson in preseason was a mistake. He was productive. I think he should be elevated to the roster. He will immediately outproduce Gage.

    Trade Gage and Miller

  58. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Chris Apple . Wrong. Brady never tried to blame that on Evans and BA backtracked those statements the very next day but don’t let facts get in the way. Why drag that up. That was the very first game Brady played as a Buc against the Skanks in 2020.

  59. Christina Bucsbabe Says:

    I just keep waiting for the “Bucs coaches finally wake up and resign Suh” blog ughhh

  60. Ash Says:

    Almost in november Suh hasnt been signed by anyone and it isn’t the fix for the bucs. The bucs need to fix the stagnation on the offensive side of the ball keep hearing bowles say we need to coach it up better do a few different things but week in and week out they are doing the same things that don’t work are unimaginative wr screens over and over end arounds with a hobbled wr this isn’t it.

  61. Ed Says:

    Johnson is tough but the Bucs just don’t have a wr with quickness. AB was that guy, he could cut on a dime and catch anything thrown near him. Not AB, but a quicker wr would help Brady. The Bucs just don’t go after speedy guys.

  62. LakelandSteve Says:

    At least he will go over the middle and Brady isn’t afraid to throw to him there. The only reliable guy we have to throw over the middle is Godwin right now. Good signing.

  63. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @KentuckyBuc. Chris Apple is full of it. Brady never blamed Evans. He’s never thrown his receivers under the bus. BA ran his mouth after the game without watching the film first. When he actually watched the film, he said Evans read the coverage wrong. I don’t think he should’ve called out Evans. It was their first game together mistakes will happen. You think Brady cares if he’s called out publicly? He’s not some snowflake. That’s not gonna solve the problems. How about you look at it from a football prospective instead of thinking some tough guy stuff would make this team play better. It’s a schematic issues.

  64. ClwJB Says:

    Can’t wait to watch Tyler drop an easy pass for a TD, then make an amazing catch for two yards on 3rd and 3

    Ryan Smith is a gunner in the NFL – that is all

  65. Goatfarmer Says:

    Glad to see Tyler back because he can play complementing Mike and Chris and he can block.

    And obviously Keith Armweak can’t coach so they are looking for some leaders on special ed teams.

    Cheap and easy.

  66. Eric b Says:

    Ease get rid of these coaches, bring BA back and let TB12 call the plays

  67. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    The lawn chair defense was seldom spotted when suh suited up.

  68. Rod Munch Says:

    Hodad Says:
    October 31st, 2022 at 1:29 pm
    Devin Thompkins runs a 4.32.


    Thompkins college highlights are fantastic, he looks like a mini D-Jax, same playing style, looks like he’d be an excellent returner.

    However the guy is tiny, just 5′ 8″ 154lbs.

    While a guy that size can return the ball, I can’t think of anyone that small that actually contributes at WR, generally because they’re so small they’re easily knocked off their routes.

    If he got himself up to around 170lb, he’d still be small, but he’d have a chance to do something – of course, though, adding weight means less speed and quickness, which is his selling point.

    In any case I’d try him at returner, he looks like a natural. If the season gets totally away from the Bucs, then I think they will do just that, but it’s always risky to have a guy that small with the ball in his hands because people can take it away.

  69. GenocideD Says:

    Hahahahaha! Great artical Joes!

  70. steele Says:

    Like I said, here it is. Bring back the familiar JAGs. Bring up the JAGs on practice squad. In-house or bust. That’s their formula.

  71. Bucfan Says:

    Is it 2023 yet?

  72. AbucAway Says:

    A couple of deck chairs for the Titanic…