The Greatest of All Time gets his man – Antonio Brown.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are incredibly rich when it comes to talent with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones III making up their offensive skill players, but the dynamic has completely changed Bruce Arians’ treasure chest is overflowing with talent.
The always controversial Antonio Brown has entered the picture in Tampa Bay bringing his superb talent to a team that frankly didn’t necessarily need it. The Buccs are gelling right now, coming off an absolutely dominant victory over the Packers and they are starting to get healthy. Naturally, as has been the case with Brady over his career, his teams start to heat up in the middle of the season before becoming a juggernaut steamrolling toward a berth in the big game the following February. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen that juggernaut pick up steam this way.
Last season, Brown made just one appearance with the New England Patriots before eventually being suspended, but he a game changer for that offense bringing in 4 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. The last full season Antonio Brown played was in 2018 in which he recorded an impressive 104 receptions, 1297 yards and 15 touchdowns on an average of 12.5 yards per catch. The formerly dubbed best wide receiver in the league is electric, game-changing and adds a mix of speed and dependability that somehow might make both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin even scarier targets.
How on Earth is a secondary going to game-plan for all of these weapons? The Buccs have seemingly amassed a roster with 3 wide receivers capable of being the #1 option for many leagues in the NFL. In fact, each of Evans, Godwin and Brown would easily be the #1 options for my Houston Texans.
Mike Evans this year has 22 receptions, 271 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2018, Evans recorded 67 receptions, 1157 yards and 8 touchdowns averaging 17.3 yards per catch.
Chris Godwin, who has been injured much of this season, has 11 receptions, 143 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2019, Godwin recorded 86 receptions, 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns averaging 15.5 yards per catch.
The Dallas Cowboys infamously said that they’d record 3 separate 1,000 yard receivers this season. Little did they know, they may have revealed Bruce Arians and Tom Brady’s masterplan to dominant the NFL with a surprise mid-season signing.
Michael Thomas can’t get on the field for the New Orleans Saints who appear to be struggling to find consistency. The Atlanta Falcons stink. The Panthers are finding their identity with a brand new coach and quarterback. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, just changed the entire outlook on the 2020-2021 NFL Season. Watch out, Lombardi Trophy, Brady wants you back.