No. 2 potential trade target for Jaguars RB D'Ernest Johnson: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spared no expenses to win the Super Bowl two years ago. But the bill was due this year and they had to part ways with several contributors who played key roles in their championship run. Among the players they moved on from are tight end Cameron Brate, left tackle Donovan Smith, offensive guard Shaq Mason, and running back Leonard Fournette.
On top of that, Tom Brady retired for good, so the Bucs didn't enter the season with high expectations. Surprisingly, they're 0-2 and one big reason is Baker Mayfield's career revival. The Cleveland Browns decided he was not the franchise quarterback they thought he was and moved on from him last year.
After a couple of stops with the Carolina Panthers and later the Los Angeles Rams, Mayfield became a free agent this offseason. Even though he was the No. 1 pick in 2018, there wasn't much demand for his services and he ended up joining Tampa Bay. He competed with Kyle Trask for the starting job in training camp and came on top.
So far, he's off to a solid start with the Bucs. That said, it's too early to tell whether he's still the same player he was in 2020, when he completed 62.83 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards with 26 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.
One thing the Buccaneers could do to take some pressure off Mayfield's shoulders and ensure he's in a position to succeed would be to bolster their running back. With Chase Edmunds out for four to six weeks, Rachaad White is their No. 1 running back in the backfield. D'Ernest Johnson could come in and give their ground attack a boost right off the bat.