The two pass-catchers combined for 2,490 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns a season ago, and they helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earn PFF’s top-ranked team receiving grade (86.7) over the course of the regular season. Godwin finished the season ranked first at the position in overall grade (90.7) while Mike Evans finished the year tied for sixth (85.7), making the Bucs the only team in the NFL with two top-10 wide receivers in terms of PFF grade.
After the Bucs added Rob Gronkowski to a tight end group that already included O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, Brady now has one of the league’s most prolific group of pass-catchers. However, surrounded by a cast of headliners, rookie slot receiver Tyler Johnson has all the potential to become that final piece needed to make the Bucs a complete receiving group entering the 2020 NFL season.
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Better Than Your Average Fifth-Round Pick
As college football’s highest-graded wide receiver over the last two seasons, Johnson’s fall into the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft allowed Bucs general manager Jason Licht to come away with one of the biggest steals of the entire draft.
In a class rich with talented wide receivers, Johnson stood out with back-to-back seasons with a 90.0-plus receiving grade and an average of at least 3.30 yards per route run. Surprisingly, he even ranked higher in multiple receiving categories than both CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy over the last two seasons.
Lamb vs. Jeudy vs. Johnson: Receiving stats from 2018-19
|Stat||CeeDee Lamb||Jerry Jeudy||Tyler Johnson|
|PFF receiving grade||91.3||91.0||94.2|
|First downs and touchdowns||92||102||119|
|Explosive plays of 15-plus yards||57||64||59|
|Yards per route run||3.42||3.31||3.50|
|Passer rating generated||146.5||131.6||122.5|
Drafted by the Bucs to man the position of slot receiver between Evans and Godwin, Johnson earned an impressive 89.8 receiving grade from the slot in 2019, where he produced 82.5% of his 1,317 total receiving yards and averaged 3.49 yards per slot route run, the second-highest average among draft-eligible slot receivers. As a superb route-runner, he truly has all the tools to become one of the NFL’s premier slot receivers.