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Buccaneers Add Wide Receiver Depth Ahead of Marquee Matchup

Devon Platana
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some wide receiver depth ahead of Sunday's marquee matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some wide receiver depth ahead of Sunday's marquee matchup against the Green Bay Packers. / AP Photo/AJ Mast

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver group is noticeably banged up ahead of a Week 3 tilt with the Green Bay Packers. Chris Godwin (hamstring) has already been ruled out, while Russell Gage (hamstring), Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman (knee) are all questionable.

The situation has forced the Buccaneers to elevate veteran WR Cole Beasley from their practice squad. The 33-year-old Houston, TX native was added to the practice squad earlier this week after No. 1 WR Mike Evans was suspended one game for a Week 2 on-field altercation.

Buccaneers Roster News

Though Beasley couldn't find a home this summer, that was due to his anti-vaccination status rather than not being able to contribute anymore. He looked fairly decent in his final campaign with the Buffalo Bills last year, turning 82 receptions in 16 games into 693 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Unfortunately, Beasley's Bucs tenure didn't start on the right foot earlier this week. He was seen dropping punts in practice, however, that's unlikely to be his role on Sunday. Beasley has made a name for himself as one of the top slot pass-catchers and that's what Tampa Bay needs from him.

Quarterback Tom Brady has loved to target his slot receivers in the past, so Beasley should see plenty of work due to the slew of injuries. As long as he can keep up with Tampa Bay's play-calling, there's no reason why he can't make a dire situation somewhat brighter.

Nevertheless, Beasley could come out of the gates slowly due to a lack of training camp preparation. If that winds up being the case, it'll be interesting to see how and if Brady and co. can overcome an equally banged-up Packers squad at Raymond James Stadium.

Packers vs Buccaneers Odds

Despite their WR-related injuries, the Buccaneers are still favored ahead of Sunday's marquee matchup — albeit slightly. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists Green Bay as the 1-point home favorite over Tampa Bay with -112 odds to cover the spread.

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