Russell Gage Talks Critical Drop, Narrative Change

October 20th, 2022

Newcomer Russell Gage is a thoughtful dude, but he’s been a meh addition to the Bucs’ receiving corps despite more catches (25) than Mike Evans (24).

Gage has been banged up all season and had a critical fumble against Green Bay and an end zone drop against Pittsburgh.

If he holds on both times, there’s a great chance the Bucs are 5-1 and everybody is celebrating the greatness of Tom Brady and the steady and savvy hand of head coach Todd Bowles. But that’s not reality.

Instead, the Bucs are 3-3 and there are many questions about what’s wrong with the offense. Gage wasn’t in Tampa last season, so he can’t address what may have changed, but Gage can talk about how things aren’t as ugly as they appear.

“We go out there, we have really good drives, and then we kind of stalemate in the red zone but we got down there real easy. You know? I think we’re just a few plays from maybe this conversation being different, you know us being a real explosive offense — from us being at the bottom to us being at the top,” Gage said this week.

“You know, it’s just a few plays like I talked about before that we gotta make happen that’ll change the whole outcome, the whole outlook of our offense.”

Gage was asked whether he’s noticed a lack of motion and play-action in the red zone. Gage’s response was a resounding “no” and he noted how he dropped a TD in his hands on a play that had no motion.

“We were in the red zone [Sunday] I had one that I should have caught. That’s a touchdown. There was no movement on that play,” Gage said, adding the game film shows there are plays to be made but the Bucs aren’t executing.

Joe appreciates Gage owning up the drop on a precision throw from Brady. And Joe agrees that the Bucs are a few plays away from being viewed a whole lot differently. However, that’s nearly always how it is with bad teams — players talking about how close they are to success.

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59 Responses to “Russell Gage Talks Critical Drop, Narrative Change”

  1. Jeff Says:

    He’s having a tough time adjusting to the Bucs offense. Once he becomes more comfortable he’ll improve.

  2. Kody Says:

    Bucs have no luck…

    AB last year
    Gronk retires
    Lost Suh
    Lost Jensen
    Julio a bust
    Gage a bust
    Rudolph a bust
    R. White disappointing
    Goedecke disappointing
    OL and DL in shambles
    OC Lefty terrible so far
    Bowles bad so far
    Brady divorce nightmare
    Injuries left and right
    Whole organization seems dysfunctional

    When are we gonna get a break!?

    What will turn things around?

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Agree with most……except Gage is not a bust…

    Maybe we paid him too much but that’s not his fault

    The guy had been playing through injury & has still caught more balls than ME13

    Give him some time

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Gage is not a problem. Absent him, we lose to GB by 11 or 14.

  5. EEK Says:

    I don’t think it is this way with all teams

    He has optimism and those are words of confidence

    Of course, talk is cheap

  6. Bucsfan13 Says:

    No, Joe. Brady sucks according the posters. Thank you Gage for owning up to the drop. Idiots thought it was a bad throw. We win that game if he catches that. It was also a great throw to Brate in the EZ, but the defender made a good play on the ball. We wouldn’t even be talking about a wedding if they make those catches.

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    I wish Diva White would eat some humble pie instead of just doing what he does wrong harder and faster. I’m done with the Diva.

  8. Redeemer Says:

    Gage had 2 catches against a decimated Steelers secondary. He was billed as Edelman lite, and a stop gap until Godwin got healthy. I hate how they’re using him. I get that he’s banged up, but I expected much more for 10 million

  9. CrackWise Says:

    FINALLY, someone saying what I was saying before I decided to acknowledge that the NFL is just an ENTERTAINMENT business as they stated in the Business model and A NOT REAL SPORT.

    We are a couple of plays and one hurricane away from being UNDEFEATED.

    Once the DISTRACTIONS die down and Brady stops going to weddings, and we become the darlings of bookies nationwide.

    We will start winning again!!!

  10. Crickett Baker Says:

    Bowles should offer a family dinner at Berns for whoever makes the most interceptions or something. Make it fun again.

  11. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    On the subject of motion and play action–Leftfoot and anyone else can downplay the importance all they want. In 2020 every bucs fan and team member saw the improvement when we implemented those elements. It coincided with our offense showing marked improvement.

    No excuses.

  12. D-Rok Says:

    While I agree with most of your points, CrackWise, I still gotta say, Put down the pipe, bro. You’ll feel much better after about 10 days. LOL.

    If you really think the NFL is ruled by bets/wagering, I’d say you are possibly half-right and half-wrong. If this was happening, we’d have heard about it by now.

  13. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    CrackWise Says:
    “Once the DISTRACTIONS die down and Brady stops going to weddings, and we become the darlings of bookies nationwide.”

    I have a feeling that not many people are going to lay heavy on the Bucs’ money line for a while.

  14. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    D-Rok Says:
    “If you really think the NFL is ruled by bets/wagering, I’d say you are possibly half-right and half-wrong. If this was happening, we’d have heard about it by now.”

    We have heard about it. Unfortunately, the complaint corporate “news” organizations don’t talk about things that are supposed to be kept quiet. I present a repost from 3 days ago:

    Hunter’s Crack Pipe Says:

    I’m pretty sure Crack Wise is on to something. I don’t know if this information is available or not, but I would bet that there was a lot more cash laid on the money line than the point spread yesterday.

    Skeptics should watch the documentary on game fixing made by Jessica Savitch. There is a link to it on NewsPunch. She died just a couple of months after it aired. Just a coincidence, I am sure!

  15. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Have to agree with Jeff. Holy hell, did I just say that ?

  16. PassingThru Says:

    Gage and Julio are both problems. Even when healthy neither is much of a red zone threat, but then neither has been healthy this season. This team is still suffering from the loss of Gronk and AB.

  17. firethecannons Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    October 20th, 2022 at 4:56 pm
    I wish Diva White would eat some humble pie instead of just doing what he does wrong harder and faster. I’m done with the Diva.

    I used to think he was great too, man am I done–after that giveway first down plus yards knocking Kenny picket over–I am done! We need to trade diva White asap! He will not learn–remember how he lost us the saints game from his many penalties last year? He is not an intelligent person as evidenced by his play. he plays stupid TRADE DEVIN WHITE now!

  18. Infomeplease Says:

    Things will get better!! Hopefully sooner then later!! I can’t stomach another game like the last!! LFG!!!!

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thank you for saying that this overpriced lousy receiver cost us 2 games. Gage sucks. Sit him. I’d rather give Darden a shot. And getting rid of Tyler Johnson is haunting us.

  20. ClwJB Says:

    Kody wow, spot on

    Gage was a mistake in hindsight – an elite G or DL would have been a much better spend

    Hindsight is always 20/20

  21. BillyBucco Says:

    After PJ Walker throws for 250 yds agaious when he threw for like 60 against the Rams, maybe people will realize Old Head Coaches are literally a thing of the PAST.

    It’s a copycat league so there are plenty of young Head Coaches who could pull a play out of a hat, and it be more productive.

    This team is gross right now.

  22. SB Says:

    All the negativity of those that haven’t been here for 47 years from day one enduring TRUE disappointment and STILL hanging on!
    Sad truly.
    However, is anyone looking more forward to the ‘Aints Beatdown tonight?

  23. MadMax Says:

    Go Cards!!!

  24. CrackWise Says:


    Gambling DARLINGS for all of you that are curious!!!

  25. CrackWise Says:

    WWF > NFL

  26. CrackWise Says:

    Draft Kings sport game APP. Bet the OVERDOG for UNDERDOG ODDS!!!

    Game has been RUINED FOLKS, Face the FACTS

  27. CrackWise Says:

    These guys get paid We Taught It money for a REASON!!!

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    10 million a year????
    Strong work jay licht

  29. PassingThru Says:

    Sadly, look at the Saints O-Line making Andy Dalton look elite.

    Our O-Line flat out sux.

  30. CrackWise Says:

    TJ Watt would look good in a Buccaneer uniform. We got Hicks instead.


  31. CrackWise Says:

    JJ Watt not TJ

    But WHO among you are mad because you’re LOSING your ass GAMBLING on the NFL..

    I know why so many are CRYING. Has nothing to do with THE GAME and everything to do with yall losing MONEY!!!

    Thats why I never did FANTASY football. You can AFFORD to be a REAL FAN!!!

  32. CrackWise Says:

    *Can’t afford

  33. CrackWise Says:

    Follow the MONEY

    GO SAINTS ummmm I mean Cards…. Ummmm. I wish I knew how to GAMBLE……..

    NFL < WWF

  34. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:


    You see my post above? It got posted late. The documentary is great. You can watch Tagliabue dodge questions and explain how the NFL Security division protects the integrity of the sport. Just like how the FBI is protecting the integrity of our government. LOL

  35. SB Says:

    @Joe…….After reading the comments for the last couple weeks, quite thoroughly, I am starting to somewhat understand why you are reluctant to upgrade to a newer page that allows for likes and dislikes.

  36. SB Says:

    Yet my entire comment is in the corner. smh

  37. JimbobBucfan Says:

    The NFL is about $$. When the profession stops being fun for players and coaches it will definitely not be any fun to watch as a spectator sport.

  38. CrackWise Says:

    WOW, Jesus made a commercial during the MLB playoff game between the Yanks and Strows!!!

    I am impressed!!!

  39. CrackWise Says:


    You got that right, just OUT OF ORDER.

    Fans, Players, Coaches is the proper order.

    Problem is, people like the acting and entertainment PROFESION.

    I don’t take satisfaction in call this ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY out. In fact I am TICKED OFF. I Love my SPORTS. Its just to obvious now.

    This is why Pete Rose was BANED from even entering a MLB ball park during game days

  40. CrackWise Says:


    On second thought, you may have it right TBH…….

  41. Joe Says:

    am starting to somewhat understand why you are reluctant to upgrade to a newer page that allows for likes and dislikes.

    Never understood the appeal, desire or want for “likes” or “dislikes.” Therefore, Joe does not consider that an “upgrade.”

  42. Oddball Says:

    PJ Walker move is brilliant. Our record against back ups is one of the worst in the NFL, if not the worst. Would any of you be surprised if the guy shreds our D?

  43. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Crackster. #1 rule of crack. Never use your own product.

  44. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Crazy how other offenses look competent compared to the bucs. Basing this on watching this Thursday night game.

  45. ElioT Says:

    Yep, both offenses playing tonight are so much more creative and crafty than what Byron the Bozo puts together.

    The Jags dodged a huge bullet, and we’re stuck with this complete moron.

  46. ElioT Says:

    Same reason you guys can’t get quality sound for a podcast?

  47. SB Says:

    @Joe…………It would probably triple the ‘clicks’ if that makes money. However there are too many ‘um, strong willed people’ that comment here that would turn this place into a circus.
    Keep running it like you do! Just have a good IT guy to upgrade your filters please.

  48. SB Says:

    Do you see what I mean now? Lol.

  49. ElioT Says:

    Guarantee the Bucs offense looks exactly the same against the Panthers.

    Byron is too busy playing Minecraft.

  50. Jerry Says:

    Bucs are extremely lucky the rest of the division is terrible.

  51. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Macafrey traded to niners

  52. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    CrackWise Says:
    “WOW, Jesus made a commercial during the MLB playoff game…”

    The campaign is called “He Gets Us.”

  53. Rod Munch Says:

    Cool, he’s ‘owning’ up to being a bust so far. Good for him.

    How about this though – you’re only being asked to be a #3 WR, and making $10m for it, how about doing a better job.

    With that said, I think in the long run he’ll be fine, as a #3 WR, but he’s off to a terrible start. I just hope he doesn’t let it get too much into his head since he does have enough talent to be a productive #3. Of course he’d be helped by Julio actually playing, then he can be a #4 – and as a #4 WR, he’s like Humphries and is a valuable player.

    But I do think he’ll improve and be fine by the end of the year.

    I hope.

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    CrackWise Says:
    October 20th, 2022 at 9:59 pm
    WOW, Jesus made a commercial during the MLB playoff game between the Yanks and Strows!!!


    I love that MLB is bragging about getting 3-million viewers — for a playoff game including the the #1 market and the #4 market. That’s hilarious.

    Meanwhile the Lions vs Steelers week 3 PRESEASON game, where no one was playing, got 5.8-million viewers.

    I can’t wait for the Rays to leave so this area doesn’t have to even pretend to care about stupid, dying baseball. The Rays can go woke and broke up in Montreal or wherever they move.

  55. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m still bullish on Gage having a much improved 2nd half. He’s moving around better. Gutted it out playing through his injury.

  56. Crickett Baker Says:

    You guys are such downers tonight. I know all the past losing games (a lot more than 3 if you count preseason) were not very fun to watch, at all. I know Devon made some bone-headed plays but he probably got harassed by the team and will wake up. He has made some great plays in the past and even Luke has. I expect the team to do much better in the future, but you all just groan and moan. Give it a couple more games before you give up.

  57. garro Says:

    I’ve been thinking about Gage…
    Really he’s been doing the dirty work. Getting his yards in the middle of the field. And he’s been doing it on a bad wheel.

  58. garro Says:

    All skill player please report to the Jugs machine afer practice.
    Been way too many drops lately.

  59. Tampa2ATL Says:

    As a lifelong Bucs fan born in the City of Tampa, I have heard and read the “just a few plays off” from winning that game/having a winning season/being a good team/stopping double digit losing record streak/etc so many times, I may be having the football fan version of PTSD after reading this article.