Julio Jones joined Chris Godwin on the sideline Thursday afternoon, and now it's possible the team will be without their top-three receiver options on Sunday, with Mike Evans serving a one-game suspension.
Tom Brady is going to have an uphill battle in Week 3 with Gage, Beasley, and some rotation of Breshad Perriman, Scotty Miller, and Cameron Brate operating as his receiving options. It's as if he's back in his final years with the Patriots. Brady is ranked as a borderline QB1/2 this week with Russell Gage likely having the highest ceiling in Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Today’s Bucs-Packers injury report...still no Donovan Smith. Julio Jones and Chris Godwin also still not practicing. Carlton Davis is a new addition to the list. So is Robert Hainsey and Scotty Miller...
Jones probably has a better chance of playing this week than Godwin according to reports. But, Perriman, Gage and Miller only logged limited practice time Wednesday, too. Mike Evans is suspended and the team recently signed Cole Beasley. The Packers and Bucs are a late afternoon game on Sunday so owners of Tampa Bay WRs will want to be prepared heading into Week 3.
Evans appealed the suspension but will still have to sit for Week 3. The Bucs could be hurting a bit at WR when they take on the Packers. Goodwin is dealing with a hamstring injury and doesn't look like he'll play. Jones was reportedly close to playing Week 2 and is still dealing with a knee injury. Gage, Perriman and Miller would be up next on the depth chart.
WRs Chris Godwin and Julio Jones were not at practice, along with OT Donovan Smith. While Jones may simply be receiving a veteran day off, Godwin will likely miss at least one more week, opening the door for more Russell Gage opportunities.
Gage only ran 18 routes in Week 1, but Godwin was heavily involved in the rotation before suffering another injury. The pecking order behind Mike Evans is still up in the air, but the ceiling outcome is there for Gage against the Saints on Sunday, making him an interesting Flex play.