In his first start with Tampa Bay, former Gophers WR Tyler Johnson leads Bucs in receiving
Former Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson was Tom Brady’s top target on Thursday night, as the rookie made his first start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Johnson ended Thursday nights game with 4 catches for 61 yards, leading Tampa Bay in the category. Unfortunately for the former Gopher, his efforts weren’t enough to result in a win, as the Bucs fell 20-19 to the Chicago Bears.
The first career NFL catch for Johnson came less than 4 minutes into the contest, with a 17-yard gain on a 2nd-and-9 play that resulted in a first down.
Tyler Johnson’s first career catch pic.twitter.com/s4QdkyOhW5
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Later in the 1st quarter, Johnson made an impressive catch and shed several Bears defenders, picking up 35 yards and getting the Bucs down to Chicago’s 9-yard line. Tampa was able to punch it in to take a 10-0 lead early.
Tyler Johnson making noise with his second career catch. #GoBucs
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More performances like that and Johnson will see a lot more passes thrown his way from the greatest quarterback to play the game.
Johnson was a 5th-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, picked No. 161 overall by the Bucs. He is one of two Minnesota rookies drafted by Tampa Bay, along with safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Winfield ended the game with 5 tackles and a pass defended.