The Buccaneers’ signing of Julio Jones garnered many of the consideration at the beginning of coaching camp, however the different former Falcon that Tampa Bay added this offseason is incomes early reward.
Coach Todd Bowles singled out Russell Gage for a robust begin to camp.
“The receivers are doing a superb job,” Bowles stated Friday, per the group’s official web site. “Gage has actually been the one to face out. I do not suppose we have coated him [on a route] but. He is been doing a superb job the previous couple of days. Once more, we’re out of pads, however he is a man that flashes and exhibits quickness and fluidity and every little thing else that I’ve seen the previous two days.”
After signing a three-year, $30 million contract in Tampa, Gage missed offseason exercises and was held out of minicamp final month resulting from an harm. However the former Falcons wideout hit the bottom working in coaching camp.
“It helps a lot simply being on the market on offense, studying what Tom (Brady) does, what he expects out of me and simply sort of hitting the bottom working,” Gage stated. “Taking part in and getting that have with guys is at all times the easiest way to be taught and to get forward of the sport, forward of the system. That is been the most important factor thus far, I feel.”
Gage proved final season he is an underrated receiver, netting 66 catches and 770 yards with 4 TDs within the Falcons’ decimated wideout room. In Tampa, he is projected to take slot snaps, significantly if Chris Godwin’s return from an ACL harm comes alongside slowly.
When Gage signed this offseason, he projected because the No. 3 wideout alongside Mike Evans and Godwin and insurance coverage if the latter’s rehab hit a snag. With Godwin avoiding the bodily unable to carry out checklist and the addition of Jones, the Bucs receiver room is crowded.
“Signing Julio was not just for the lengthy haul; it was simply as a lot doing various things on offense and having the ability to change (Rob Gronkowski) ‘s catches,” Bowles stated. “Gronk had a variety of catches and confirmed up in a variety of areas. We’ll strategy issues slightly bit in a different way since we have got a bunch of receivers.”
With Gage standing out to start out camp, will probably be attention-grabbing to see how the Bucs deploy their cavalcade of receiver weapons.
After being mentored by Jones for 3 years in Atlanta, Gage is aware of one factor for sure:
“A wholesome Julio is a problematic Julio.”