TAMPA — Of course, the trophy is the reason. It’s the reason Tom Brady is back, it’s the reason a lot of free agents came aboard, it’s the reason fans were coerced into buying two years of season tickets.
The Bucs have a chance to win another Super Bowl and, ultimately, that’s how the 2022 season will be judged around here.
Still, there will be other chapters in this story. Other subplots to follow. For instance, now that Julio Jones has arrived, is it possible we will be witness to the best collection of wide receivers the NFL has ever seen on one sideline? The answer is not automatic, but that makes it worth asking.
Jones, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are all Pro Bowl receivers. Only 13 NFL receivers have averaged better than 1,000 yards a season since 2018, and Jones, Evans and Godwin are all on the list.
There are plenty of two-man receiver combos that will last the ages, but it’s not so common to see a three-man group with the credentials in Tampa Bay’s huddle this season.
With that in mind, here are 10 of the top trios in NFL history. We’ve left off some Hall of Fame duos (Jerry Rice and Tim Brown in Oakland, Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch in Oakland, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth in Pittsburgh) because they lacked a third receiver or were not together in their primes.
Art Monk/Gary Clark/Ricky…