Russell Gage Happy Mike Evans And Chris Godwin Are Back

October 5th, 2022

Reflects on healthy receivers.

If your eyes told you the Bucs’ passing game looked different against the Chiefs, they weren’t lying.

Not only did Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones return to the field, but the passing offense also looked the best it has this season. Receiver Russell Gage said that’s no accident. Gage gave special props to Godwin.

Evans, Godwin and Julio combined for 16 catches for 169 and 2 touchdowns (both by Evans). That was a big chunk of the offense Sunday night.

“It is huge man, especially someone like him,” Gage said of a healthier receiver corps. “Chris can do everything right. He’s always in the right place.”

It’s not just being in the right spot, but being there on the field, Gage said. He noted Godwin is sort of like a second receivers coach.

“He is still helping guys like me who are still getting used to the offense,” Gage said. “It really helps me to get my rhythm out there. [Godwin’s return] was definitely big.”

Atlanta comes to town Sunday. A former sixth-round pick of Atlanta back in 2018, Joe asked Gage if he had anything thoughts on playing the team that brought him into the league.

Gage’s answer was short and to the point.

“Just another team.”

42 Responses to “Russell Gage Happy Mike Evans And Chris Godwin Are Back”

  1. captivajim Says:

    So far , Gage has not done much ..

  2. Redeemer Says:

    The passing stats were skewed. KC allowed a lot of underneath stuff. Brady broke his consecutive passes stat. Something like 27 straight. Lots of garbage yards. No silver linings when the game was over by halftime. I do give them credit for not throwing in the towel. Whenever Brady is on the field, no lead is safe.

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yeah captiva he only caught 13 balls against the Packers. Including what should have been a game tying touchdown. That he got obliterated on but held onto the football.

  4. GMC hater Says:

    Man can’t wait to see what our offense looks like completely healthy… none of them look 100% yet besides evans.

  5. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Thank goodness Godwin is back. I will enjoy the 3 plays he’s in until he gets hurt again.

  6. SteelStudBuc Says:

    So negative the fans on here… 2-2 with that first 4 week schedule was how the majority of ppl thought it was gonna be… sure that was a defensive sieve out there, couldn’t stop a nosebleed but they didn’t give up, showed alot of heart and I’m positive they’ll bounce back

  7. Buc king Says:

    Let’s play atlanta and kill them.
    Hopefully defense thoroughly enjoyed the beat down to the point it made them focus up.
    Offense will get better as we go..
    Brady is arm talent that can put balls in the correct place.
    You just have to have receivers who can get to those places.

    All we need to focus on is staying healthy and winning the division.
    Play our best ball when it counts.

  8. orlbucfan Says:

    Brady better get his mind off his divorce and concentrate on football.

  9. Mr. Editor Says:

    The Dixie Chicks are the perfect elixir for what ails our team.

  10. matthew veal Says:

    Whatever else, this team generates more news than the rest if the league combined.
    Whatever you think beforehand, it will flip on you as well.
    And, you can’t always count on what you read, no offense to Joe, its his sources and the crazy world they deal with.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Does anyone miss BA yet?

    Gage is fine….he’s steady & solid…..makes the catches…I think he’s been playing hurt……..

    Now, Gage with Evans, Godwin & Julio…….he’s more than fine.

  12. CleanHouse Says:

    Team sucks this year, who are we kidding

  13. Lg55 Says:

    Stop wasting time on any kind of screen pass. Might as well kneel down for 2 yard loss. Throw down field or to backs or do quarterback sneaks when 3rd and long.

  14. Colonel Angus Says:

    Gage will get better as the season goes.

  15. Marc Coppola Says:

    I never understood the hype with this guy after we signed him. He was never a prolific play in the league and we spent a ton of money on him we could have used to shore up the OL/DL with a guys like Von Miller and Laken Tomlinson.

  16. DBS Says:

    You must have this team mistaken for the Saints Ndog. Go Back there.

  17. CrackWise Says:

    ATL has a bone to pick with TOM.

    I suspect they will want to be the team that retires him. ALA the Bucs and Brezzzzzzzzie.

    What is this noise I have heard about Todd having personal problems.

    Don’t make me eat crow after defending you TODD. I have never heard of a coach MIA during a season.

    Someone please tell me of an instance where a coach missed practice during the week. THE SAME DAY that his QB has scheduled off for the season non the less.

    WTF is this all about?

  18. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I was never on board with us shelling out 30 Million for Gage for 3 years.
    And, so far, he has done nothing to change my mind.
    I sure HOPE he gets better as the season goes, but so far it looks like we have got ripped off.
    Same with That slow azz tight end we signed.
    And please, do not even get me started on Cameron Brate.
    Licht is a far from perfect GM, who makes his share of mistakes.
    He drafted Matt Gay in the 5th round, then let him get away. Matt Gay has kicked 45 straight field goals, in case anyone is not aware.

  19. PassingThru Says:


    The passing stats were not skewed, I think you drank a bit too much Peter King Koolaid. Brady (and other QBs) have been deep safety, two man high or Cover 2 shells for years and years. You use that type of defense when the QB is someone who kills it on go routes, like Ty Hill. We have a couple of speedsters but they’re poker tells; they go deep but that’s it. For that reason they’re ineffective.

    There was no reason for KC to play two man high deep as Brady wasn’t releasing the ball any closer than 8 yards or so behind the LOS. He was making short yardage passes from the shotgun, anything deeper he was immediately taking three additional steps back because of the unreliable pass protection. There was no need for KC to play deep safeties.

  20. CrackWise Says:


    Come on now. That was Wistonesk Garbage time stats for Brady. Clearly nothing special that JW could not and did not do for us.

    The O hung the D out to dry with too many early 3 and outs and TURNOVERS!!!

    Plus we abandoned the RUN game and NOTHING about what we saw in that game is sustainable. It was a mirage.

    We have to be able to run the ball to save the D and Tom’s Arm

  21. Lg55 Says:

    Where’s number 9? He’s just in on clean up plays. I thought they said he was gonna be all pro this year. Another wasted high draft pick. Can’t find his way to quarterback.

  22. Mike Titan Says:

    Crackwise I think it would be wise to stay away from the crack

  23. PassingThru Says:

    I don’t agree with that CrackWise, but what inflated the stats were the inability of the Bucs to gain any real estate on the ground. The run blocking stank and handing off the ball in the shotgun isn’t desired when your RB is chiefly a between the tackles runner. The answer was to keep Lenny back to protect Brady, and sometimes have him do a quick chip block and/or simply run a few yards to the outside so that he’s have some green field in front of him after he catches a pass.

    For what it’s worth, Brady did have a good game. Spectacular? No, but it was a solid game. Quibbling about the stats is ludicrous.

  24. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Crackwise. Yes, never in the history of sports has a coach taken a personal day off. Calm down, dude. You’re always on 10 in every post. And Passingthru is correct. Most teams are playing two high shell coverage and forcing teams to be patient. They’re hoping a mistake is made. Mahomes didn’t throw it deep much. Most of his stuff was underneath.

    If you want to get out of your bubble, i recommend reading some analysts who have broken down how more teams are play 2 high shells, and how it’s effected teams explosive plays. I’m actually glad Brady isn’t tossing low percentage YOLO balls to Evans. Brady’s most impressive stat is that he’s only thrown one pick. An egregious throw against Dallas. It’s easy to force throws when you’re frustrated on offense and make dumb mistakes. He’s not done that this year.

    Passingthru is also right that Brady is taking deeper drops in the gun because he doesn’t trust the line. Brady is a robot who’s precise in his drops. This isn’t by accident. I’m shocked no one else has made this observation. He’s making easy throws more difficult

  25. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Some of you guys should switch over to watching shuffleboard or curling. Clueless. Some are trolls . Some of you are dead serious with the dumbax shiz that you post. Good entertainment though. I’ll give you that.

  26. CrackWise Says:


    I can except that. Im just not going to support it long term. For now, I did get use to JWs game and was rather entertained by it. Was also a big fan of his while playing here.

  27. Old School Bucs Says:

    I see the coaching experts are up and running their hit pieces tonight again! Man you guys are worse than NY media on their sports teams. Sit in your comfy chairs in your basements throwing hay makers at the Bucs like you have a clue what you are talking about. Hope you clowns are here in November and December! Oh wait, you will be loving the bucs then! Or will you???

  28. Mike Titan Says:

    Brady played good & if you think differently than I don’t know what to say except watch the WNBA. I say let Brady sling it off the rip & open up the run game that White will shine in & take the weight off Lenny at the same time.

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    I wish TB12 all the best, and this divorce thing, may be more to the story than just football. The Michelle Moynahan vacation really has me wondering.

  30. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Winston would’ve racked up garbage yards and picks. I’m not even a Winston hater, but the Winston thruthers are annoying. How long are you gonna mourn Winston? I thought it was great he got a fresh start. This offense was not a great fit for him. It played to his worse inclinations. He actually was playing efficiently with the Saints until he started getting anxious and forcing things. There are no such thing as garbage yards when it comes to Brady. You know there’s always a chance if we keep pushing. Garbage yards would be if there was no chance to win at all. I didn’t see that on Sunday.

  31. Mike Titan Says:

    Brady needs to sling it right off the rip. It’ll set up the run, that sets up play action. It’s the only way we’re gonna run on teams, plus it would open up the playbook that BL has needed to for a min. now.

  32. alton d green Says:

    Redeemer says. Mabe you could give a motivational speech before the Atlanta game

  33. Kentucky Buc Says:

    It was Brigette Moynihan and she’s married to a big Hollywood producer who was also there.

  34. Oddball Says:

    I’m just glad we still have Cole Bea…


  35. BigMacAttack Says:

    Kentucky Buc, oh my mistake, I meant Bridette Michelle at Mons Venus.

  36. Goatfarmer Says:

    LOL BigMac!

  37. Redeemer Says:

    PassingThru, when did I mention two high safety once the game was out of reach. I simply said the Chiefs allowed the underneath stuff. The Chiefs did play two high to begin the game. Go look at the all 22. Spend a little more time on your own thoughts before you go after anyone else’s. DB

  38. Pickgrin Says:

    Why are so many hating on Gage?

    21 catches on 25 targets (84%!!) – 152 yards and a TD.

    That projects to at least 70 receptions – 600+ yards and 4 TDs on the year…

    What the hell do you expect from the #3(4?) WR on the roster???

    And Russell has obviously been playing hurt all year so far – but is still producing.

  39. SOEbuc be Says:

    Pikgrin…And still the force no gimped up from a hamstring all camp.

  40. theghost Says:

    time to sign josh gordon off the titans practice squad

  41. Goatfarmer Says:

    Right on, Pickgrin.

    I wish some of Gage’s heart would rub of on the O-line and their run blocking. Or the alleged leader of the defense, Diva White. Or the fumbling buffoon Rachel White. Or the shanking punter who can also hook kickoffs out of bounds.

    Gage is giving his all.

    Bowles has the rest of them looking like Raheem’s 2011 squad that packed it in after game 6.

    What a crock of mung.

  42. Love them Bucs Says:

    Godwin plays tough and scrappy. He is obviously injured and teams are going after him. Keep him off the field until he heals more I believe.