Todd Bowles: Breshad Perriman Can Play Special Teams – JoeBucsFan.com – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Special teams mystery.

Joe is absolutely fascinated by who the Bucs will keep and, inevitably, who the Bucs will wave goodbye to at receiver in a week when the roster must be whittled down to 53.

The Bucs have a loaded wide receiver room and who gets the final couple of slots is intriguing.

Some years ago an NFL suit at the combine told Joe that when teams finalize their rosters, a reserve player who cannot play special teams is an endangered species. So looking at Bucs receivers not counting Julio Jones, the guys with a reasonable chance of making the squad all play special teams.

Except Breshad Perriman.

So Joe asked Bucs coach Todd Bowles today how much that puts Perriman behind the eight ball. Bowles corrected Joe saying Perriman can play special teams. If that’s accurate, it makes Joe wonder why Perriman rarely has played special teams, unless a couple of popular, widely-used references are dead wrong about Perriman.

Joe checked Pro-Football-Reference.com. It is essentially the NFL’s online history book and media guide wrapped into one. Joe has never known this reference to have inaccurate information. It has Perriman with a grand total of six snaps on special teams in his six-year career.

Joe cross-referenced Perriman’s special teams snaps with the Football Outsiders database and it also lists Perriman with one snap at special teams last year.

Then Joe checked the Bucs’ 2022 media guide. It doesn’t document snap counts but does have special teams stats from 2021. Perriman is not listed as having a tackle despite Bowles noting Perriman’s experience at gunner on punt returns and that he also played kickoff return.

“He does play special teams,” Bowles told Joe. “He will play gunner and he will play kickoff return. He plays as much as everybody else.

“He’s just been hurt. We’ve run him down on kickoff before and we’ve run him as a gunner before. He’s in the same boat as the rest of the receivers.”

Aside from the mystery of Perriman’s special teams snap counts, Bowles basically said Perriman is not at a disadvantage with other receivers because he can play special teams.

That’s good to know. It seems the only time Perriman has had major success in the NFL is playing in a Byron Leftwich offense.

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