Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having injury issues at the wide receiver position.
Chris Godwin and Julio Jones hurt themselves against the Dallas Cowboys back in Week 1 and both missed the Buccaneers’ Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Godwin is already ruled out for Week 3 and Jones will likely be a game-time decision.
On top of that, Russell Gage has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Three of the Buccaneers’ top-4 pass-catchers have been affected and it’s only the third game of the season.
Throw in Mike Evans’ one-game suspension and it’s easy to see why the Buccaneers added former All-Pro wideout Cole Beasley to the roster a few days ago. Beasley is a dependable underneath veteran who still has some gas left in the tank and he should be able to carve out a role while things even themselves out.
Since Beasley is a veteran and knows just about everything there is to know about playing receiver in the NFL, many suspected he could play as soon as Sunday. All it took was getting a good feel for the playbook to where he could get on the field for a good chunk of snaps.
Sure enough, that’s the case. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter reported Saturday the Buccaneers elevated Beasley from the practice squad to the active roster.
Buccaneers elevated WR Cole Beasley to their active roster from their practice squad for Sunday’s game vs. the Packers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2022
Meaning, he’s going to play on Sunday. Like, a 99.9% chance. The Buccaneers wouldn’t elevate him just to make him inactive. That would be a waste of both an elevation for Beasley and an inactive spot.
It will be interesting to see how much Beasley plays and how effective/involved he is. It’s certainly one of the top observations to keep an eye on this weekend.
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