3 Slot Receivers the Buccaneers Can Target to Pair With Tom Brady

Jason Schandl
Slot receivers the Buccaneers should target to pair with Tom Brady, including former teammate Chris Hogan.
Slot receivers the Buccaneers should target to pair with Tom Brady, including former teammate Chris Hogan. / Kathryn Riley/Getty Images
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With the addition of Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense is going to undergo some changes. Brady is not the reckless gunslinger that Jameis Winston was, and while he's sure to lean on Tampa's top weapons in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, he also tends to spread the football.

Throughout his career, Brady has heavily targeted both running backs and slot receivers. Since 2000, the Patriots' two reception leaders are Wes Welker (672) and Julian Edelman (599), both of whom thrived in the slot. Tampa lost slot wideout Adam Humphries last offseason, and they could stand to bring one in to pair with Brady.

With that in mind, here are three slot receiver the Buccaneers should sign in free agency.

1. Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan and Tom Brady after a 2019 matchup between the Patriots and Panthers.
Chris Hogan and Tom Brady after a 2019 matchup between the Patriots and Panthers. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Chris Hogan was a non-factor for the Carolina Panthers in 2019, but he had at least 50 targets and 30 reception in three straight seasons playing with Brady in New England from 2016 to 2018. In 2018 he played 40.5 percent of his snaps in the slot, and he would likely welcome the idea of reuniting with Brady, who helped him to the most productive stretch of his NFL career.

2. Jarius Wright

Jarius Wright before a 2019 game against the Redskins.
Jarius Wright before a 2019 game against the Redskins. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Another Carolina Panthers castoff, Jarius Wright played the last two years with the Bucs' division rivals, hauling in 71 receptions for 743 yards while playing over 70 percent of his snaps in the slot in each season. At 30 years old, Wright should still have plenty left in the tank, and he'd find it far easier to succeed with Brady throwing him the ball than he did with Kyle Allen in 2019.

3. Chester Rogers

Chester Rogers during a 2019 game against the Dolphins.
Chester Rogers during a 2019 game against the Dolphins. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Chester Rogers also played more than 70 percent of his snaps in the slot for each of the last two seasons. He didn't get heavily involved in the Indianapolis Colts' passing game, with 28 targets in 2019, but he fared better while playing with Andrew Luck in 2018. That was a career year, and Rogers hauled in 53 of his 72 targets for 485 yards on the season,


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