Packers, Bucs Bring Together The Receiving Corps – Duluth News Tribune

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame players Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers look to make the most of their wide reception groups on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Green Bay Packers.

The Buccaneers (2-0) will be without a four-time Pro Bowl pick of Mike Evans, who would serve a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with New Orleans cornerback Marshawn Lattimore during Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win over the Saints last Sunday.

Evans has recorded team leading totals in catches (eight) and receiving yards (132) this season for Brady, who has struggled to get on the right track. Brady passes averaged just 201 yards and totaled two touchdowns in 2022 after throwing a franchise record of 5,316 yards and 43 TDs last season.

“All you have to do is look No. 1 at their ability to win games and lead teams,” Packers coach Matt Lafleur said. “Tom has won a lot of Super Bowls (seven). You look at the talent of both (Brady and Rodgers) and it is no surprise that they are referred to as two of the greatest players ever. I think they are both great competitors.”

While Evans will not be on the field on Sunday, it is not immediately known if teammates Chris Goodwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) will be able to play after a one-game absence due to their respective injuries. Goodwin and Jones did not train on Wednesday, while teammates Brishad Berryman (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (calf) were limited.

With several involved wingers available, Buccaneers signed veteran Cole Beasley on Wednesday.

Rodgers, a back-to-back NFL MVP, has failed to get his attack back since the Packers (1-1) traded five Pro Bowl picks Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.

Sure enough, Rodgers threw one touchdown pass to Allen Lazard in his final season debut during the Green Bay’s 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears last Sunday.

Veteran Sammy Watkins leads the Packers with 111 yards, while his six catches are tied with three more to lead the club.

In addition to a relatively unproven wide receiving pool, Rodgers and the company will face off against the league’s best defense during the first two weeks of the season. The pirates only allowed 6.5 points per game.

The switch to running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon may have been beneficial for Rodgers. Jones mustered 170 scrimmage yards (132 lunge, 38 receiving) and two touchdowns, and Dillon added 61 yards sprinting in a 27-10 Green Bay victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday.

“Both can do everything,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bulls said. “Aaron is obviously faster – he plays wide, plays back, moves in, moves out, plays in the hole – he does a lot of great things. He’s very explosive when he catches the ball and when he runs the ball he can break it and he can convert 4-yard gains. to a 60-yard gain.

“AJ is hard to bring down. He’s strong – not only tough, he has very good feet. He can catch up with football too. Those two, along with Aaron (Rodgers) and the rest of the guys – it’s going to be a tough draw.”

Lazard (ankle), Watkins (hamstring) and Christian Watson (hamstring) were limited in Wednesday’s training while teammate Randall Cobb (illness) did not train with Green Bay. David Bakhtiari (knee) was also not training, while fellow forward Elgton Jenkins (knee) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (thigh) were limited.

As for Tampa Bay, running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), Carlton Davis III (hip) and quarterback Robert Hennessy (knee) were limited in Wednesday’s training. Offensive tackle Donovan Smith (elbow) and Kid Otton (personal) did not participate in the session.

Also, a hacker can be without defensive intervention Akim Hicks (ft) for a month.

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