Cyril Grayson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #15

Cyril Grayson News

Healthy and ready to compete

Grayson, who finished the Buccaneers' postseason run in January nursing a hamstring injury, is healthy and could make a push for playing time in the latter portion of the wideout depth chart, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The well-traveled speedster made a splash in Weeks 16 and 17 last regular season with 81 receiving yards in each game, including a key 50-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of a narrow win over the Jets in the latter contest. Grayson has impressed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich with his progress and gradually successful transition from college track star to wide receiver. "I think he's truly confident now," said Leftwich. "I think he truly believes that he can get it done, and it's fun for me to see the confidence that he shows up in practice with every day. It's like a whole different guy from three years ago. He knows he belongs now and hopefully he carries himself that way and acts that way on Sundays."

May 27, 2022 9:52 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

Grayson (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Rams.

Analysis: With Breshad Perriman (hip/abdomen) and Grayson both unavailable, Look for Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson to lead the Buccaneers' wideout corps Sunday, with Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden and John Brown candidates to mix in as well.

Jan 23, 2022 10:38 AM EST



Deemed questionable

Grayson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grayson's return to a limited practice Friday gives him a shot to play, but it's far from a sure thing, which means Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden and even John Brown could see snaps behind Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson at wide receiver. Fellow Bucs wideout Breshad Perriman (abdomen/hip), who had been filling in for Grayson, is ruled out for Sunday's game.

Jan 21, 2022 1:34 PM EST


Not practicing, but improving

Grayson (hamstring) remained a non-participant in Thursday's practice, but he was on the field in a helmet working out off to the side during the portion of the session that was open to the media, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Grayson was a spectator for the Buccaneers' wild-card win over the Eagles last weekend while he continued to recover from the left hamstring injury he sustained early in Tampa Bay's Week 18 win over Carolina. Though the speedy wideout hasn't taken reps in practice since suffering the injury and looks in line to miss a second straight playoff game Sunday against the Rams, Grayson's presence at Thursday's workout is at least a step in the right direction. According to Laine, Grayson was mostly taking part in stretching and activation work under the supervision of the Bucs' training staff, and he continued to sport heavy bandaging on the injured hamstring.

Jan 20, 2022 8:41 AM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Grayson (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Since sustaining a hamstring injury in the Bucs' regular-season finale, Grayson hasn't mixed into any drills and missed the team's playoff opener this past Sunday against the Eagles. He still has a pair of chances to do so this week and put himself in a position to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams, but his availability remains up in the air for the time being.

Jan 19, 2022 1:42 PM EST



Misses practice

Grayson (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Eagles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians ruled out the wide receiver shortly after he'd missed a third consecutive practice Friday afternoon. With Grayson out of the lineup after injuring his hamstring in the regular-season finale, the Bucs figure to deploy Mike Evans, Tyler Johnson and Breshad Perriman (hip) as the primary WR grouping in three-receiver sets. Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden and Justin Watson (quadriceps) are the other options.

Jan 14, 2022 9:54 AM EST


No practice Thursday

Grayson (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grayson was quickly ruled out of a Week 18 win against the Panthers after six offensive snaps, the result of a hamstring issue. Since then, coach Bruce Arians' line on Grayson more or less has gone from questionable to doubtful to play in Sunday's wild-card game versus the Eagles. With no practice yet this week, Grayson seems destined to be ruled out for the Buccaneers' playoff opener, which could be confirmed as early as the release of Friday's injury report.

Jan 13, 2022 1:50 PM EST


Unlikely to play

Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he considers Grayson (hamstring) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grayson injured his hamstring in the Week 18 win over Carolina, after catching nine passes for 162 yards and a TD between Weeks 16 and 17. His likely absence Sunday leaves Tyler Johnson and Breshad Perriman as the favorites for snaps alongside Mike Evans, while Scotty Miller and Jalen Darden still figure to land in reserve roles, more likely than not.

Jan 12, 2022 9:53 AM EST


Availability in question

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Grayson's hamstring injury isn't as bad as initially thought, but the wideout's availability for Sunday's playoff game against the Eagles "will be in question," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Grayson suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Panthers, and he may end up being unavailable for the first round of the playoffs. Breshad Perriman should had five catches for 44 yards versus Carolina and could have a similar workload if Grayson is unable to play this weekend.

Jan 10, 2022 12:16 PM EST


Injures hamstring

Grayson has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Panthers with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Grayson didn't catch a pass prior to his exit from the contest. In his absence, Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson are in line to head the Buccaneers' shorthanded wideout corps in Week 18.

Jan 9, 2022 2:20 PM EST


Officially joins active roster

Grayson signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: The hero of Week 17 will finally get a spot guaranteed on the active roster after being elevated from the practice squad in back-to-back weeks. Grayson's six receptions obviously marked a career high but more crucially might have indicated the former track star could be an integral part of the offensive plans in the absence of both Chris Godwin and the recently released Antonio Brown. Expect Grayson to see a handful of targets once more with the Buccaneers still playing for seeding in Week 18.

Jan 8, 2022 1:19 PM EST


Makes game-winning TD grab

Grayson secured six of eight targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday. He also returned one kickoff for seven yards.

Analysis: A week after posting a solid 3-84 line against the Panthers, Grayson made his return to the active roster Saturday and paid big dividends on Sunday. The third-year wideout recorded a game-winning 33-yard touchdown grab with 15 seconds left, a catch that was preceded by a 10-yard reception on first down. With Antonio Brown slated to be released following his unauthorized exit from the game Sunday and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times relaying Tom Brady has already expressed his trust in the speedster to head coach Bruce Arians, Grayson could be in for a significant role in Week 18 against the Panthers.

Jan 2, 2022 3:50 PM EST


Elevated to active roster

Grayson was elevated to the Buccaneers' active roster Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Grayson will be active for the second game in a row and for the fourth time this season. Last week, the 5-foot-9 wideout caught three passes for 84 receiving yards and also rushed one time for 14 yards. However, his role is expected to be diminished in Week 17, as Breshad Perriman (illness) is active and Mike Evans (hamstring) is expected to play.

Jan 2, 2022 8:20 AM EST


Reverts to practice squad

Grayson reverted to the Buccaneers' practice squad Monday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grayson was elevated from the practice squad Saturday and immediately occupied a substantial role in the Buccaneers' offense. He totaled 84 receiving yards and three catches -- the highlight came on a 62-yard reception late in the second quarter -- and he also chipped in 14 rushing yards. Grayson is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad once again in Week 17, though he'll likely see a lessened role due to the return of Breshad Perriman (illness).

Dec 27, 2021 5:52 PM EST


Bumps up to active roster

The Buccaneers elevated Grayson from the practice squad Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Grayson earned back-to-back elevations Week 7 and 8 and made a splash play in the second one, a 50-yard TD catch during a 36-27 loss at New Orleans. Considering Mike Evans (hamstring) was ruled out for a Week 16 visit to Carolina, Chris Godwin (knee) is on injured reserve, and Breshad Perriman and Jaelon Darden are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Grayson could find his way onto the field Sunday, but Antonio Brown, Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller figure to earn most of the WR reps.

Dec 25, 2021 7:11 PM EST


Reverts to Bucs' practice squad

Grayson reverted to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions report.

Analysis: Grayson flashed big-play potential by taking his only target for a 50-yard touchdown during Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Saints. All said, he played eight offensive snaps and 11 snaps on special teams. However, Grayson may not have an opportunity to be elevated again Week 10, after Tampa Bay's bye, because Antonio Brown (ankle) looks set to retake the field then.

Nov 2, 2021 5:12 AM EST


Flashes with big TD in loss

Grayson brought in his only target for a 50-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: The LSU product made quite the splash with his first reception since 2019 and only his second NFL grab overall, getting loose downfield on a busted coverage to haul in a 50-yard bomb for a walk-in touchdown with just over five minutes remaining. The play was one of only eight snaps from scrimmage for Grayson, who'd been elevated from the practice squad with Antonio Brown (ankle) inactive. Despite the undeniably impressive play, Grayson appears destined for a demotion with Brown seemingly having a good chance to return in Week 10 against Washington following the Week 9 bye.

Nov 1, 2021 10:30 AM EST


Elevated to active roster

The Buccaneers elevated Grayson to the active roster from their practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: With Antonio Brown (ankle) out for a second straight week, Grayson will once again join the active roster to add depth to Tampa Bay's receiving core. The 27-year-old played 13 offensive snaps in Week 7, but he failed to record a target. Grayson will likely see a similar workload against the Saints on Sunday night.

Oct 31, 2021 7:13 AM EST


Reverts to practice squad

Grayson reverted to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's offical transaction log.

Analysis: Grayson made his 2021 debut in Week 7 with Antonio Brown (ankle) ruled out for the game against the Bears. The wideout played on 13 offensive snaps, but failed to see a target. Grayson will now head back to the practice squad and hope to be elevated to the active roster if the opportunity presents itself.

Oct 26, 2021 6:08 AM EST


Elevated to active roster

Grayson was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: With Antonio Brown (ankle) ruled out for Week 7, Grayson will get his first promotion of the 2021 campaign. The 27-year-old wideout has appeared in five contests for the Buccaneers over the past two seasons and caught just one of four targets, so he likely won't have a sizeable role for Tampa Bay's offense Sunday.

Oct 23, 2021 4:11 PM EST


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