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PFT: Galloway a Non-Factor in Bucs Offense


In recent years, Joey Galloway had seemed to find a fountain of youth in Tampa Bay, gaining more than 1,000 receiving yards and averaging more than 15 yards a catch in each of the last three seasons.

But this year, the fountain of youth has dried up. Galloway has played in just seven games, started only two, and caught a total of 12 balls for 134 yards.

Antonio Bryant has emerged as the team’s top receiver, and coach Jon Gruden says there’s no longer much use for Galloway — especially because he says Galloway isn’t suited to being a role player.

“It sounds easy, sounds achievable, but Joey is not the kind of guy right now, in my opinion, that’s comfortable coming off the bench and playing 18 to 20 plays a game,” Gruden said, per the Tampa Tribune. “He’s a guy who functions better when he’s playing. Being a third receiver, a guy who comes in and plays situationally, is not for everybody. It’s something he’s never done. It’s hard.”

But it’s not as hard for the Bucs now that Bryant is playing so well. Said Gruden, “We’ve missed [Galloway] for a long time and kind of moved on.”

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