RUMOR: Tom Brady’s reaction after researching Bucs roster before signing
Yes, Brady entered the 2019 campaign with Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman at wide receiver, but Brown was released after just one game and Gordon was cut midseason.
In addition, rookie wideout N’Keal Harry missed most of the year with an ankle injury, Phillip Dorsett provided little production and trade deadline acquisition Mohamed Sanu was a bust who was battling injuries of his own.
That left Brady with Edelman and, well, not much else in the aerial attack.
But now, Brady is part of a Buccaneers team that is ripe with talent, and prior to signing a two-year deal with the club last week, the 42-year-old apparently did his homework on the roster.
Peter King of NBC Sports says that Brady watched tape of the Buccaneers’ offense and really liked what he saw from wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, not to mention tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
In addition, Brady admired Tampa Bay’s defensive talent, particularly in terms of its pass rush.
The Bucs may have gone just 7-9 this past season, but it is pretty clear that there is talent on this squad and that Brady thinks he can be the guy to put the team over the top.
Since last winning the Super Bowl during the 2002-03 campaign, the Buccaneers have made the playoffs just twice. On top of that, Tampa Bay has not been to the postseason in 12 years, representing the longest active playoff drought in the NFC.
But Brady seems to think that could change in 2020.