Tom Brady: ‘Russell Gage Has to Have Big Year for Us’

Tom Brady: ‘Russell Gage Has to Have Big Year for Us’

As teams across the NFL continue their offseason programs this week, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made an early proclamation regarding his team’s receiving corps in 2022.

“[Russell Gage] has to have a big year,” Brady said, per ESPN.

“That is a very important role [slot] for an offense that throws the ball as much as we do…Russ, when he is out there, there is a lot of work that needs to go into the next six weeks to be ready. He said that we are being challenged out of the box this year.

With Chris Godwin recovering from a torn ACL, the Buccaneers need a No. Mike Evans is the Buccaneers’ No. 2 receiver. Gage will likely be heavily relied upon in the first part of the season if Godwin isn’t available.

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Tampa Bay faces a tough September schedule that features the Cowboys, Saints and Packers, so a reliable receiving corps will be crucial for Brady and the Bucs.

Gage signed a three-year, $30 million free agency deal with the Buccaneers in the offseason, so he is in it for the long haul with Brady and Co. in 2022 and beyond.

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