Russell Gage

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #83

Russell Gage News

Finds end zone in finale

Gage secured three of six targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Gage recorded a three-yard touchdown grab in conjunction with Blaine Gabbert late in the second quarter, which served as the highlight of his abbreviated workday. With Julio Jones (knee) inactive and seemingly a 50/50 proposition to play each week, Gage could be in for an elevated role in next weekend's home wild-card matchup after finishing the regular season with a surge that saw tally four of his five scores in the last five games.

Jan 8, 2023 3:48 PM EST

Modest production in win

Gage caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Gage operated as the Buccaneers' No. 3 receiver Sunday, playing 42 of the team's 78 offensive snaps. The 26-year-old has maintained a solid snap share on offense even with Julio Jones active for the past two games. Tampa Bay continues to limit Jones' snaps as he recovers from a knee injury that sidelined him in Week 15. Gage will look to stay involved in a Week 18 matchup against the Falcons, though his opportunities may be limited behind fellow wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Jan 4, 2023 3:41 AM EST

Should still enjoy solid role

Gage should retain a solid snap share in Sunday's Week 17 divisional battle against the Panthers despite the fact fellow wideout Julio Jones (knee) is active for the contest per Scott Smith of the team's official site.

Analysis: Jones once again was handled with care throughout the practice week due to his lingering knee issues, and although he'll suit up versus Carolina, a similar scenario to last Sunday night's overtime win against the Cardinals could unfold. In that contest, Jones played just 19 snaps to Gage's 43, with the latter producing a 5-65 line on six targets. Given Gage also proved highly valuable with eight receptions, including a pair of touchdowns, in a Week 15 loss to the Bengals that Jones was sidelined for, he could certainly play much more of a co-No. 3 receiver role once again versus the Panthers.

Jan 1, 2023 9:08 AM EST

Strong contributions again Sunday

Gage brought in five of six targets for 65 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Analysis: Gage put together another strong performance despite Julio Jones garnering active status after missing the Week 15 loss to the Bengals with a knee injury. Gage's yardage total checked in second on the night for the Bucs, and he made critical 23- and 13-yard grabs on the game-winning drive in overtime despite appearing to hurt his leg on each catch. The veteran wideout's 18 targets over the last pair of contests is certainly encouraging after he played a minimal role for weeks, and it remains to be seen if Tom Brady will lean heavily on him again in a pivotal Week 17 home divisional clash against the Panthers.

Dec 25, 2022 10:23 PM EST

Takes advantage of elevated role

Gage had eight receptions (12 targets) for 59 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-23 loss to Cincinnati.

Analysis: Gage was elevated to No. 3 on the depth chart with Julio Jones (knee) inactive Sunday. The veteran wideout capitalized on the opportunity and delivered on two short scores, doubling his season touchdown total in the process. Gage has dealt with his own injury problems in 2022, but he has performed well when asked to fill in for downed teammates. If Jones is forced to miss next week's tilt, then Gage could provide flex value in a similar role against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Dec 18, 2022 7:35 PM EST

In line for No. 3 role Sunday

Gage is expected to slot into the No. 3 receiver role in Sunday's game against the Bengals with Julio Jones (knee) inactive for the contest, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Gage has plenty of experience stepping up in the wide receiver pecking order, considering Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Jones have all missed time to varying degree this season. However, the expanded opportunities haven't led to much meaningful fantasy production, as Gage enters Sunday's game with a modest 32-254-2 line across nine contests.

Dec 18, 2022 12:15 PM EST

Scores team's only TD in loss

Gage brought in both targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 35-7 loss to the 49ers in Week 14.

Analysis: Gage was responsible for the Bucs' only reason to celebrate on the afternoon, making a literal shoestring scoring grab on a ball that caromed off both teammate Chris Godwin and the 49ers' Fred Warner at the goal line just barely managing to break the plane, as confirmed by instant replay review. The modest numbers overall were par for the course in a disappointing, injury-riddled first season in Tampa Bay for Gage, however, as he'll carry a 32-254-2 line and tallies of 39 receiving yards or less in six consecutive contests into a Week 15 home interconference matchup against the Bengals.

Dec 13, 2022 7:03 AM EST

One catch in return

Gage (hamstring) brought in his only target for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 17-16 win over the Saints on Monday night.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since Week 7, Gage unsurprisingly filled a low-volume role as the No. 4 receiver. Gage had recorded multiple receptions in each of his first seven games of the campaign prior to being sidelined, but with Julio Jones now healthy and slotting into the No. 3 role, Gage's already modest upside is even more capped unless injuries strike in front of him.

Dec 5, 2022 9:12 PM EST

Back in action Monday

Gage (hamstring) is active for Monday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Gage put himself in a position for his first game action since Week 7 by logging a full practice Saturday. Indeed, that has come to pass, but the Buccaneers' receiving corps is as healthy as it's been all season, meaning his snap count may be capped working behind the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones. More than likely, Gage will be vying with Scotty Miller for any WR reps that linger.

Dec 5, 2022 3:52 PM EST

Trending in positive direction

Gage (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Gage was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, but the veteran receiver was upgraded to a full participant in the final practice of the week, which should be a good sign for fantasy managers. The 26-year-old has not played since Week 7 due to a hamstring injury, and he had just one game with more than two receptions in the four weeks prior to suffering the aforementioned injury.

Dec 3, 2022 1:52 PM EST

Another limited practice

Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Friday.

Analysis: Gage has now practiced on back-to-back days after not doing so at all since Week 7. He's close to a return, but it might not happen for Monday's game against the Saints, especially given that the Bucs don't need him as much with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones all healthy at the moment.

Dec 2, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Begins week as limited participant

Gage (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Gage's limited session marks his first recorded practice activity since Week 7. Considering that he's missed each of the Buccaneers' last four games over a stretch of five weeks, Gage may need to upgrade to full participation in practices Friday or Saturday to have a good chance at playing Monday against the Saints. Even if Gage is active for that contest, he'll likely find himself as the fourth man on the depth chart at receiver, as all of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are currently healthy.

Dec 1, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Sidelined for Week 12

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said Gage (hamstring) won't play Sunday in Cleveland, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of a Week 11 bye, Gage didn't demonstrate enough progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury during practices Wednesday through Friday for the Buccaneers to feel comfortable with him suiting up this weekend. With Gage set to miss a fourth straight game, Godwin should operate as the Buccaneers' primary slot man, while Julio Jones will get more opportunities to work out on the perimeter opposite Mike Evans.

Nov 25, 2022 10:06 AM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Gage (hamstring) was listed as a DNP on Thursday's practice report.

Analysis: Gage has yet to log anything but a DNP on Buccaneers injury reports since hurting his hamstring back in Week 7. However, he was seen working with the training staff on the side during the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Another absence may be in the offing for Gage on Sunday in Cleveland, which may be confirmed as early as Friday. While he's sidelined, Tampa Bay will continue to rely on Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as its top wide receivers, with Julio Jones and Scotty Miller next up for snaps and targets.

Nov 24, 2022 1:43 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Gage (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Gage reportedly practiced Monday, following a Week 11 bye, but he'll now be listed as a non-participant on the team's first official injury report of Week 12. He hasn't played since injuring his hamstring Week 7, allowing Julio Jones and Scotty Miller to step into larger roles behind the lead duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Nov 23, 2022 10:37 AM EST

Practicing Monday

Gage (hamstring) is participating in Monday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gage is back at practice since the first time since injuring his hamstring Week 7, so it appears that he benefited from Tampa Bay's bye week. If Gage is able to continue ramping up his activity without any setbacks, he could have a chance of returning to action Sunday versus Cleveland.

Nov 21, 2022 7:55 AM EST

Not traveling to Germany

Gage (hamstring) won't travel to Germany for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, effectively ruling him out for Week 10 action, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise after Gage failed to practice in any capacity Wednesday and Thursday. He'll miss his third game as a result of a hamstring injury, but the Buccaneers' Week 11 bye could position him to return to action Week 12 at Cleveland if he makes enough headway in his recovery. With Gage unavailable this weekend, Mike Evans (ribs/ankle), Chris Godwin and Julio Jones (rest/knee) will be Tampa Bay's primary wide receivers. Meanwhile, Scotty Miller is the best bet to earn any residual snaps that don't go to the aforementioned trio.

Nov 10, 2022 2:57 PM EST

Another DNP on Thursday

Gage (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: With no noticeable on-field work since suffering a hamstring injury Week 7 at Carolina, Gage seems to be trending toward a third consecutive absence Sunday versus the Seahawks in Munich. Friday's practice report may confirm as much, and if he indeed sits out this weekend, Scotty Miller, Breshad Perriman and Jaelon Darden will be the Buccaneers' depth receivers behind the top three of Mike Evans (ribs/ankle), Chris Godwin and Julio Jones (rest/knee).

Nov 10, 2022 11:28 AM EST

No practice Wednesday

Gage (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Gage has yet to take part in a practice since hurting his hamstring Week 7 in Carolina, missing the last two games as a result. Without some on-field activity Thursday or Friday, he's likely on pace to miss a third consecutive contest Sunday versus the Seahawks in Munich. The Buccaneers may rule out Gage before they embark on the trans-Atlantic flight in the coming days.

Nov 9, 2022 2:23 PM EST

Won't play this week

Gage (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Gage missing a second straight game, the Bucs figure to go with Mike Evans (ankle), Chris Godwin and Julio Jones as their top three wide receivers again. They also have Scotty Miller, Breshad Perriman and Jaelon Darden as depth options, which could come in handy if Evans has a setback with his ankle or Jones' PCL injury flares up.

Nov 4, 2022 9:35 AM EST

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