Why Russell Gage is really a sleeper in 2022

The Buccaneers WR Russell Gage is a major sleeper right now

By: Jake Rajala

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage to a three-year $30 million dollar deal this off-season. The Bucs were all too familiar with the underrated ability of Gage, as he recorded 11 catches for 130 yards against his current team last season (aka the best game in his career). The Brady bunch knew it would be exciting if the 2022 free agent brought his explosiveness into their WR room.

Gage will aspire to be the opposite of the former Bucs WR3 Antonio Brown moving forward. Gage has clean route running ability, but he’s also only missed three games over the past three seasons combined. His motor and non-off field antics should feel like a breath of fresh air for Bucs nation.

TB12 was helping Chris Godwin have his best season from the slot last season. Godwin, who may start the season on the PUP, will witness Gage also have a lot of production from the slot. It should also be noted that Gronk (89 targets last season) is MIA for Brady at this moment. It seems that Gage will be a popular third option (at the very least) with a QB that led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2021. The Bucs also reign in a division that features the mediocre Falcons pass defense and a Panthers secondary that lost Stephon Gilmore this off-season.

Fantasy Pros has boldly stated that Gage will be a Top-15 WR in his new home in the same NFC South division next season. Rich Eisen has stated on his show that Gage is the most underrated pick-up of the off-season, as well.

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