'He's got a great, great future': Bucs head coach raves about former Gophers WR Tyler Johnson
When Tyler Johnson slipped all the way to the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, you knew the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were getting an absolute steal. After seeing the wide receiver tear up the B1G for several seasons at Minnesota, it was hard to believe there wasn’t more value teams saw in him.
Tampa Bay really reaped the benefits of Johnson’s late availability in the draft. It’s helping Tom Brady and the Bucs quite a bit during the season and in the playoffs.
Johnson came up with a huge play in Sunday’s game between Tampa Bay and New Orleans, contorting his body to make a diving catch to keep a Buccaneers drive alive. It was one of the best catches of the playoffs so far.
Tyler Johnson: Highest-graded WR in CFB last season
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 18, 2021
That reception was Johnson’s only of the afternoon, totaling just 15 yards on the day, but it was a big one. And head coach Bruce Arians says it’s just a sample of what the former Gophers wide receiver can do at the NFL level.
“Tyler — I mean very few guys can twist and turn to make that catch,” Arians said. “But Tom put it out there and he knew Tyler could make that catch. I mean, he’s got a great, great future.”
"He knew Tyler could make that catch. He's got a great, great future."
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 18, 2021
During the regular season, Johnson totaled 12 catches for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per reception. The catch against the Saints is Johnson’s only of the postseason.
Tampa Bay will be back in action on Sunday, taking on Green Bay with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.