Buccaneers Boost WR Depth With Veteran Signing Before Wild Card Game
By Larry Rupp
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran John Brown in order to provide some depth at the wide receiver position before the NFL playoffs begin. Of course, the team recently lost Chris Godwin to a season-ending ACL injury and released Antonio Brown following his latest antics.
Running back Darwin Thompson was released in order to make room for Brown on the practice squad. This may not seem like an impactful move, but the Buccaneers needed receiving help with Cyril Grayson doubtful to play for this banged-up wideout corps.
Brown has played in limited snaps with both the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars this year. Overall, the 31-year-old averages 14.8 yards per catch and has hauled in 320 receptions across his eight-year career.
It isn't likely that Brown will see a lot of snaps this weekend, but adding depth heading into the postseason is never a bad idea. The signing does reunite Brown with head coach Bruce Arians, who played a role in drafting the former Pittsburgh Panther with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.
The Buccaneers will look to repeat as Super Bowl champions and it all starts with a Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 16. Tampa Bay heads into that matchup as heavy 8.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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