Antonio Brown Injury- A Blessing in Disguise for Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

January 24, 2021 1:36 am

NFC South franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2020 NFL regular season with a 13-5 record. They’ve had a mixed bag of results with a few narrow losses and wins on the cards.

But considering all the roster moves they made in the summer, reaching the NFC Championship Game with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback is no mean feat.

The Bucs brought in the likes of Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Leonard Fournette, and Antonio Brown in the last 12 months.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But the latter will not be a part of the squad that travels to Lambeau Field for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. Brown suffered a knee injury in the win over the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round Playoffs.

But a certain league insider reports why the Bucs are not ready to press the panic button just yet.

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Antonio Brown injury will not cause the Buccaneers to panic says Palmer

NFL Network correspondent James Palmer was the latest to comment on Antonio Brown’s injury and what that means for the Buccaneers heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field

He said, “I’m told there’s not a lot of panic. You look at Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, I’m told both have battled injuries throughout the year.

“This is perhaps the healthiest, they have been all season. And then also, this is the second time in the Playoffs.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is congratulated by running back Leonard Fournette (28) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“They’re preparing for a game all week with the chance of one of their top receivers not playing, so they’ve been preparing for guys playing different positions.

“Keep an eye on Tyler Johnson, the rookie, as well as Scotty Miller, perhaps the fastest guy on this team. I’m told Brady has a lot of confidence and great chemistry with Miller, who caught a big 3rd-down pass against the Saints down the field on a play designed for Antonio Brown,” Palmer said earlier today.

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, and Tyler Johnson, have been some of Brady’s go-to targets over the course of the season. The latter pair have gone under the radar and were crucial in the win over New Orleans last weekend.

Bruce Arians knows how to get the most out of his wide receivers, so rest assured Bucs fateful, it’s ‘Tompa Brady’ time in Wisconsin this weekend.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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