Receiver injuries are holding back the Tampa Bay offense

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Last year, Tom Brady had a collection of healthy receivers who collectively weren’t very good. This year, Brady has a collection of good receivers who can’t stay healthy.

Although there’s a chance all of the Buccaneers receivers will dress and play on Sunday, coach Bruce Arians explained that the varying availabilities of receivers for practices and games complicates Brady’s ability to run the offense.

“It’s really hard,” Arians told reporters on Friday. “[Offensive coordinator] Byron [Leftwich] does a good job. I think the harder part is Tom not seeing those guys in practice until late in the week. You miss Wednesday, you miss Thursday [and] you get limited reps on Friday and try to play in a ballgame. He’s throwing to other guys [during the week] and sometimes that can be really, really hard on a quarterback, especially one that hasn’t been with these guys that long. It poses a lot of problems, but we’re working through it. Tom’s working through it and he’s done a great job with some of those young guys, too.”

Still, it’s Tom Brady. Which makes it more likely that Brady will find a way.

“I think he’s dialed in really hard,” Arians said of Brady. “When you start losing the pieces to the puzzle that you’ve worked with and start adding new pieces, it takes a little time. I thought he did a great job of incorporating [Jaydon] Mickens, [Cyril] Grayson [and Tanner] Hudson all in the game plan last week and [he was] not afraid to throw them the ball. Ke’Shawn [Vaughn] has evolved [and] Tyler [Johnson] has evolved. He’s got a lot of trust in these guys and hopefully when we get back to full speed, we’ll see how it goes.”

Once the best of the Tampa Bay receivers are back to full health on a regular basis, the offense will likely take off. Until then, it won’t be easy for the Bucs to be as good as they can be.

On Sunday, it definitely won’t be as easy to beat the Packers as it otherwise could be. Not that it ever was going to be easy.

19 responses to “Receiver injuries are holding back the Tampa Bay offense

  1. Would have been swell if Brady was “dialed in real hard” last year after skipping OTAs again.

    “better players in tampa”

    lol

  2. charliecharger says:
    October 16, 2020 at 6:29 pm
    Tom Brady has won with whatever receivers they put on the field with him.

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    Laughable. You must have been in a coma the last 15 years. Brady has personally fired 5 billion WRs during that time. Heck, Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne, two HOF WRs, retired in camp over his antics.

    Pre Giselle, your statement would be correct, but not since 2007 is that statement really true.

  3. Ignoring the TE is holding back Tampa’s offense even more. If they’re not going to get Gronk involved why is he even there?

  4. O cmon Touch, you try to hard. So 2019 SB season he has Edelman, Dorsett, rookie Harry, practice squad Meyers, Inman and in 2017 is Edelman, Amendola, Mitchell, Hogan and Bennett. Is this some awesome Receiving core?

    I’m Not saying Brady doesn’t have his faults, rough patches, etc…but top WR talent at his disposal has NEVER been one of them.

    I mean name an all pro WR on the Pats over his 20 year career? It’s ludicrous. And before you say he ‘used them incorrectly” or whatever excuse you’ll come up with, what have the WRs done before and after their time with Tom at WB?

  5. Arians needs to teach is offensive line to be more disciplined — the offense will not succeed if they continue to kill themselves with penalties…

  6. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    October 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    O cmon Touch, you try to hard. So 2019 SB season he has Edelman, Dorsett, rookie Harry, practice squad Meyers, Inman and in 2017 is Edelman, Amendola, Mitchell, Hogan and Bennett. Is this some awesome Receiving core?

    I’m Not saying Brady doesn’t have his faults, rough patches, etc…but top WR talent at his disposal has NEVER been one of them.

    I mean name an all pro WR on the Pats over his 20 year career? It’s ludicrous. And before you say he ‘used them incorrectly” or whatever excuse you’ll come up with, what have the WRs done before and after their time with Tom at WB?

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    BB was a def coordinator on the Giants who won 2 sbs watching Simms throw to guys like Phil McConkey or Stephen Baker or whomever. These weren’t elite options on their own, but within a group of an array of options, those teams had good WRs.

    It’s not about stat collection. In fact, when Brady had HOF options like Moss, Welker or Gronk or even a great WR like Edelman, why did people like Moss and Wellker did nothing.

    He just saw Dante Scarnecchia retire where Brady was lucky beyond belief to have him, too, beyond BB. Brady owes most of his success to who drafted him and the cap era environment he was in.

    Why did Brady crap himself with loaded weaponry vs the Giants?

    Deion Branch, while not a hof wr, was a perfect NE style WR. What you want is 3 good options at WR so the defense doesn’t know where the ball is going.

    Once Brady got Moss and Welker, he sucked vs the better defenses because they could dictate, knowing what his true intentions were.

    David Patten has 3 rings for a reason.

  7. Good job, BUT:

    Copy Editing required, per:

    “Once the best of the Tampa Bay receivers are back to full health on a regular basis, the offense will likely take off.”

    BETTER:

    After Tampa Bay’s best receivers regain their health, the offense will likely improve.

  8. ccciii says:
    October 16, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    xxsweepthelegxx says
    I mean name an all pro WR on the Pats over his 20 year career?

    Randy Moss.

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    Wellker, Edelman…Branch.

    Why does the GOAT even need “All Pro” receivers? That ia the opposite of what makes logical sense.

  9. ccciii says:
    October 16, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    xxsweepthelegxx says
    I mean name an all pro WR on the Pats over his 20 year career?

    Randy Moss.
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    Exactly. Like one WR, for 1.5 seasons out of 20 and he broke the single season record for TDs with Moss.

  10. BB was a def coordinator on the Giants who won 2 sbs watching Simms throw to guys like Phil McConkey or Stephen Baker or whomever. These weren’t elite options on their own, but within a group of an array of options, those teams had good WRs.

    It’s not about stat collection. In fact, when Brady had HOF options like Moss, Welker or Gronk or even a great WR like Edelman, why did people like Moss and Wellker did nothing.

    Blaming Tom for guys like Holt, Wayne retiring, Ochostinko and guys hanging on to ‘go to NE for a ring’ shouldn’t be a knock on Him.

    BB is great, best coach ever in my mind, certainly giving Tom the right pieces around him constantly to be successful…..in the win category, which is all that matters.

    He just saw Dante Scarnecchia retire where Brady was lucky beyond belief to have him, too, beyond BB. Brady owes most of his success to who drafted him and the cap era environment he was in.

    Why did Brady crap himself with loaded weaponry vs the Giants?

    Deion Branch, while not a hof wr, was a perfect NE style WR. What you want is 3 good options at WR so the defense doesn’t know where the ball is going.

    Once Brady got Moss and Welker, he sucked vs the better defenses because they could dictate, knowing what his true intentions were.

    David Patten has 3 rings for a reason.

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    Pattens reason is Brady.

    I wouldn’t say Tom ‘crapped his pants’ with Welker and Moss, based on what…setting all time offensive records? You cherry pick the SB, it’s one game. He was outplayed by Eli, and guess what, BB was outcoached by Coughlin. The Pats just laid 38 points on the same Giants several weeks before.

    I agree with all your points about not needing a stud WR, way better to have multiple marginal to good WRs….which is what Tom had most of his career and suited him well.

  11. Injuries (and suspensions) happen. Ask Mahomes, Rogers, Brees, etc. It seems almost the exception nowadays when a QB has all his weapons on the field.

  12. It seems almost the exception nowadays when a QB has all his weapons on the field.
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    That got me to thinking. Having watched football since the late 70’s I don’t ever remember ACL’s and Achilles popping every week like they do now. The NFL has unquestionably made the game safer, so why does it seem like we have far more big time injuries now?

  13. Weird. Wide receiver injuries hasn’t really held back Green Bay’s offense, but everybody looking to rationalize everything nowadays.

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