Former Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson could see expanded role in NFC Championship game
Former Minnesota receiver Tyler Johnson could find himself in the spotlight of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
Johnson has been a reliable option all season long for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he hasn’t always been the first option given their stout receiver group.
But with All-Pro WR Antonio Brown being ruled out due to injury, Johnson is likely the next man up.
“I think if you just look to last week, when Scotty and Tyler made those huge plays in the fourth quarter, the amount of trust that the coaches and Tom have in those guys just because they’ve earned it. Their performances have earned it,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians told reporters this week, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “Antonio will be missed, but we’ve got capable people stepping in.”
Bowling Green product Scotty Miller is the Bucs’ other option at receiver alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Johnson made just one catch last week, but it was important — a 15-yarder that picked up a key third down conversion in the second half of Tampa’s 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Overall, Johnson had a productive rookie campaign for the Bucs. The 2020 5th round pick caught 12 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Kickoff of Bucs-Packers is at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday.