It got ugly quickly as the Panthers jumped out to a 35-7 lead in the first half, then as usual, the Buccaneers were able to make a game of it before fading down the stretch. Once again the defense failed to record a takeaway, and committed two on offense in Tampa Bay’s 42-28 loss that drops the Bucs to 3-5 on the season and 1-2 in the NFC South.

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WR Adam Humphries

Playing close to his home in Spartansburg, South Carolina, Humphries put on a show in front of a number of family and friends who attended the game on Sunday. The former Clemson Tiger led all receivers with eight catches on all eight of his targets for 82 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. Humphries also added on run for seven yards and had two punt returns for 15 yards to earn this week’s Roosters Pewter Player honors.

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TE O.J. Howard
Why the Bucs didn’t try and exploit Howard’s talent even more against the Panthers’ linebackers is a bit of a head-scratcher. Howard was a mismatch most of the afternoon but Ryan Fitzpatrick chose to go elsewhere with the ball at times. Still, the former Crimson Tide standout had two touchdowns and four catches for 53 yards on the afternoon. He could have – and should have – had twice as many catches and yards. Howard is proving to be one of the top tight ends in all of the NFL.

K Chandler Catanzaro
You know it wasn’t a good game when you credit a player with basically not messing up. And to Catanzaro’s credit, he didn’t mess up, making all four of his extra point attempts while also hitting all of his kickoffs for touchbacks. It was Catanzaro’s first perfect game in Tampa Bay. Hopefully this game spurs on his confidence through the rest of the season.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Things didn’t start well for Fitzpatrick but the unflappable veteran got into a groove as the game went on. Unfortunately, it was after the Buccaneers were down 35-7. Fitzpatrick had two interceptions on the afternoon, and his first one was particularly bad. The Panthers turned it into a touchdown to open the scoring. His final one was in desperation time as he tried to hit DeSean Jackson on a deep ball late in the game. Fitzpatrick ended up 22-of-40 for 243 yards and four touchdown passes on the afternoon. He also added 23 yards on the ground.

 

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47 COMMENTS

  1. LOL

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  2. We’re going to lose Humphries and Fitz in free agency.
    I am thinking we need to get a look at Ryan Griffin before the Season is over, to see if he is an option in a real game. Pre-Season is one thing. But can he do it for real?

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    • I think Humphries can be easily signed – a slot receiver is usually at most 5 mil or less. Fitz will set the market himself based on the next few games. Agree we need to see what Ryan has before the season ends – predicting at most the Bucs win 2 more games, it should be ample opportunity to see what he has and what Winston may have learned being benched for the first time and finally realizing that most NFL games come down to 4-5 plays.

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  3. If Winston had put up Fitz’s number on Sunday people would be out here screaming about what a bust he was.

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    • So the 7 thumbs down were because your feelings were hurt cause this is true?? Or what???

      This is the same shit Winston does but you HATERS want Winston to be a bust so you create the narrative of that. Maybe, just maybe, this Team just sucks overall and the Team is feeling it mentally and not putting up the effort needed to win each week. Maybe, just maybe, this offensive line sucks and doesn’t give “whoever” the QB is enough time to do anything. Maybe, just maybe, the D suck SOO bad that we are behind right from the jump that we have to throw the ball 60 times a game and just through statistic, we are going to make mistakes.

      But NO!!! It’s gotta be Jameis cause he is the shittiest QB huh? F’ing Clowns!
      DRD, I don’t agree with your Politics but I do agree with your football assessments and I think you have a level head.

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      • Thumbs for me down was because Winston has had three and a half years and he continues to make the same mistakes over and over.
        I don’t see committing 21 million dollars for a quarterback who will make same mistakes and we will never in the playoffs if we ever get to the playoffs. I surely am no hater of Winston and hope that he succeeds; worst case he’ll be another Fitzpatrick which isn’t bad in the NFL.

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      • You’re angry. If Winston had only 1 overthrow and 4 TDs until we were in desperation mode, then I would praise him for having a good game. The problem is the last 5 games he has played in, Winston has 7 TDs and 13 interceptions. That’s 2.6 picks and 1.4 TDs. We wouldn’t be complaining about the interceptions so much if he was scoring TDs. but he isn’t. He is far worse in the red zone than Fitzpatrick right now. He has always struggled in the red zone. That’s my problem with Jameis.

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    • We didn’t draft Fitzpatrick number 1 overall we signed him off the streets so naturally our expectations for him are a tad lower

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  4. Fitz has played better then Winston so give it a rest please

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    • And yet he still looses games just like Winston. Say what you will, but neither quarterback can be successful with this oline and defense. I just don’t see why some of you thick headed posters don’t see that. We have an offensive scheme that makes the quarterbacks hold the ball for too long behind an offensive line that can’t even stop a four man pass rush and a defense that gives up over 30 a game. How can ANY quarterback be successful with that behind them? Stop making this a quarterback issue when the real problems are right in front of our faces. Watching the game between the saints and rams. Those two quarterbacks had over 60 passes between them and there were only 7 pressures between both teams! SEVEN!! Fitz has 13 pressures alone. This line is offensive and until the trenches on both sides get fixed, no quarterback will succeed.

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      • Amen. And for those keeping track, Jamies was hurried, hit or sacked 21 times on his first 31 drop backs vs Cinci. Yeah, its a QB problem….

        We have 2 good O lineman – Jensen and Marpet. One good D lineman – JPP [but would have been nice if he held the edge on all those reverses yesterday.]

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      • Most coaches can improvise with their QB’s. Winston doesn’t do a good job in his faking hand offs or can throwing a good screen pass because he doesn’t sell it; therefore, the OLB and CB are right there for the take down. I saw this at FSU and thought by now someone could help him, but he overthinks some of this stuff.
        Again I am not a Winston hater; I have forgiven him for his off field stuff, but he just hasn’t gotten any better this season and probably worse. The OL is better than last year as to talent, but yet he’s worse than Fitzpatrick. I wish the Coach would at least see what we have in Griffin or quit wasting the spot. On another subject as to the PS; we don’t even have a QB with any potential to be competitive and just needs some more time for it all to click in?

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    • You mean with all those garbage yards fitz put up? The double standard with clowns like you Ben are hysterical.

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      • its true I’m not trying to date Winston. Who has scored more td’s clown??

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        • You mean garbage TDs against a prevent defense clown?

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    • Two interceptions instead of four…maybe but still turning the ball over. What excuses are you making for Fitz that you wouldn’t accept for Winston or can you just be truthfull? You just hate Jameis…

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      • What is the red zone ratio between the two?? Fitz is WAY BETTER..

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      • Buc-n- Philly Fan; I was where you are right now at Game 5; by game 6 ,I was done.
        I had seen enough.

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    • Barely, barely, barely. 10+ more years of experience nothing else. It appears to me that Fitz is what he has always been. Obviously better decision making, but his “fluttering ducks” do not compare. Wish we could put Fitz’s head with Winston’s natural talent …

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  5. Agree Dr. D. I said in another thread You can pencil in Fitz two or 3 int. Every game pretty much. That’s what he’s done whole careeer. He had plenty of bad throws over heads and behind guys yesterday. Overall I’ll be reasonable unlike most people here and say he did ok with what had to work with situation wise etc. like you said if Winston had same numbers and two int. Everyone would be saying he sucks it’s all his fault play Fitz! Lol.

    Also Fitz has worse careeer turnover ratio that Winston look it up. This is a bad team and about impossible for any QB to play well. Fitz had couple great games and o line and offense executed great for whatever reason. Then he had two horrible games because this team sucks and can’t run ball or play d at all. Teams caught on and said hey just blitz this o line can’t protect.

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    • Let me point something out to all you saying Fitz and Winston have the same stats. Over the last 12 games (Fitz has only played in 12 games for the Bucs), let’s compare.

      Jameis Winston – 15 TDs, 17 Ints

      Ryan Fitzpatrick – 24 TDs, 10 Ints

      Ryan Fitzpatrick clearly has played better in the last 12 games compared to Winston.

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    • Neither one of these QB’s are taking us to the Playoffs this year or next or next.

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  6. Missed the Fitz Magic yesterday. Throwing in the dirt, into double coverage, 2 picks, lots of late meaningless TD passes to make up for poor play that got us so far behind.

    Those are the idiotic kinds of comments Jamies haters post when Winston tries to bring us back. How about we focus on the fact that we have no O line. When we run the ball the defense pushes the line of scrimmage backwards into our RB’s – no running room for anyone.

    And then we can look at a defense that is just horrible. We add a good DE [JPP] and a handful of second team vets to the line that still can’t pressure a QB. And hope now everyone just lets go that McCoy is some kind of Pro Bowl star. Should have traded him last offseason.

    I grant you Fitz hasn’t lost his poise as Jamies has this season. But he’s got ten years in the league over #3 and his performance is on par with a solid back-up after two great starts vs. N.O. and Philly.

    Finally, the real issue in all of this may just be that Licht has squandered so many draft picks and personnel decisions, the roster simply doesn’t have the talent to compete for a playoff spot. I think the Glazers need to start there and decide who goes and who stays.

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    • When you start attacking people, you lose me and you do have some good points. I have just lost my confidence in Winston; don’t have much with Fitzpatrick too, but he is playing better than Winston sad to say.
      Right now I’d rather focus on fixing the DL which is still our biggest problem and LB’s are next. Can’t wait for Beckwith to get back in playing shape as he was the best LB we had last year.

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      • In no way am I attacking people personally. There’s a certain amount of hypocrisy that frustrates me when it comes to Jamies and this is my attempt to call that out. Calling out Licht at this point is my assessment of his performance as a talent evaluator. It’s hard to support him with his track record.

        I completely agree with you about the defense – Dman is short for ‘Defense Man’. And I have been calling out the defense as the soft spot in the roster since the preseason.

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  7. I agree wiyh you chiefboho, the offensive line is a mess and it is diificult for either QB to operate behind it. But the fact still remains if Winston had lut those numbers up people would be screaming for his scalp out here at this very moment.
    The fact I hear crickets about Fitz’s numbers speaks volumes about what is really behind some of the haters of Winston on this board.
    But you are right, Until they fix the line the QB will continue to have problems. I believe the talent is better than what we have seen so it is time to give Warhop the home version of the Buccaneer game and send him packing. Like right now.

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    • Agreed. How warthop has had a job this long is beyond me. And to boot he came from the Cleveland clowns. What did you expect to get from him. Your right Dr. D the people look for any reason to hate jameis and if he had that same game, your right, people would’ve dogged him.

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    • Absolutely agree, if Winston had the day Fitz had everyone would be screaming. It is nice he can his the screen passes and the 25 yards out patterns; he gives the Bucs the best chance to salvage Dirk’s season, but he is what is “average”.

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    • dreadneast, I felt the same way after game five, but not anymore. Winston just keeps doing the same thing over and over if he gets behind and eventually interceptions will happen. A couple of his interceptions were receiver faults just like Fitzpatrick, but Fitzpatrick has thrown more TD’s. Both QB’s have also gotten breaks because the game was already over; when we get more than 21 points behind no matter how much fans want to believe, we can still win and it doesn’t happen often for most teams that they end up winning.

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  8. So I get it…some of you are arguing that Jameis is as good as a journeyman 2nd string career QB. And that makes it a crime to criticize him… I get it. But with three real franchise QB’s at the helm of the other NFC South teams, is a second string career QB equivalent good enough? And at four years, that is what Jameis unfortunately plays like.

    That being said, this team has a boatload of other problems. It makes me sick to see all the guys we passed in the draft to pick up the guys we drafted. But the QB always gets more blame when we lose and credit when we win…goes with the territory.

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    • mark2001; completely agree with you. I’d give Winston another chance next season, but not for 21 million; maybe half of that amount. We could use that money to bring in some more DL/OL help.

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  9. The problem is with our O-line and defense so it starts from the top, Jason Licht not building the foundation with the O and D line. Koetter with his coaching staff from the D-coord and offensive line coach. We really need to almost start over. We have some talent but with better drafting, new GM and coaching, new head coach, the Bucs can be much better than this!!!

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    • I’m leaning that way too as a minimum. Got to let the under performers go who are making multiple millions a year and use it for hungrier players.

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  10. Return on investment is the key to evaluating Winston. At the end of this season do you want to pay him 21 million next year?

    If he would sign a team friendly incentive laden contract I would love to have him back. That would show he has grasped an understanding of how his behavior and performance has affected this team. It would be a true sign of maturity and not just lip service.
    The incentives would have to be tied to wins and ball security and not just yards and touchdowns.“““

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    • I like this thought process. It makes sense all the way around.

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    • Yup.

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  11. I’m going to keep saying let’s fix the defensive line first then the offensive line next. I will put our 1st four draft picks on lineman. This is where I believe the overwhelming problem lies.

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    • I just don’t see Winston getting better. He plays the same this year as last year and before. The fact that Fitz can get 4 TDs just like Winston tells me that we have one of if not the best receivers in the league. I feel that if we had any kind of defense we could win with an average QB. I think that we drafted to stop the run (New O.). so now every team just makes short passes and runs.

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      • Winston’s finish at the end of 2017 looked to be the year 3 hurdle that a lot of your young QB’s make. Can speculate all we want as to why he’s regressed. But I do not agree Jamies is a lost cause.

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        • Not for 21 Million; maybe at half that price then yes.

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          • I agree with that and have posted as much a few times. My number is $7.5m to $10.0m. Jamies has worked himself out of a job. He’s worth the price of a good back-up, maybe a little more if someone believes he’s a potential starter.

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  12. On a side note oj Howard might be my favorite player on this team. He should be featured even more. There were multiple passes where he was wide open and fitz kept forcing it to Mike. Huh sounds familiar.
    But oj Howard is officially uncoverable, straight beast.

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  13. This what David Dorey had to say about Fitz, “He started very slowly but by the time the beat-down was doled out by the Panthers, Fitz had thrown for 243 yards and four touchdowns. It may be good enough to remain as the starter. In the end, it doesn’t really matter because no quarterback can keep up with what the Buccaneers defense gives away.”

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  14. Why are we worrying about an offense that is clearly scoring enough points to win games. Its the defense that needs to be fixed.

    Should have traded for Collins. Hell Jenkins could have come too and would have been our best corner right off the bat. I do not blame our young players in the secondary as they have been forced to eat shit sandwich. Their only veteran leadership is Grimes – nuff said.

    The problem is our d-line. Aways has been. Fix that and the rest will fall in place. Last off season we were screwed. Not much DL in the draft and all talented FAs were re-signed. Winning that last game last year in the last minute took us out of the Chubb hunt.
    Irvin?

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  15. jiggyjoe, you must be looking at different stats then I am because I have seen nothing but an improvement for the last 3 year’s according to the official NFL statistics especially with his completion percentage and QBR. What stats are you using?
    My assessment of Fitz’s game was not to degrade him but to point out the prejudice of the many haters of Winston out here.
    Jiggyjoe would be one if . them. He states Winston hasn’t improved in the three years he has been here but his statistics say otherwise.
    The Bucs have three very winnable games coming up but if Fitz can’t win the next one. At home, it’s time to go back to Winston to see if he has learned his lesson.
    Also, chiefboho, everyone of Koetters pass play has an underneath component To it. In fact on Fitz’s first INT the Hump was running free at first down yardage but Fits went to Evans instead.
    Good to see the blame of the loss is getting evenly divided this week.

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  16. Drdneast, the only stat that matters is W and L. Any QB who has played for over 4 years and has more Ls than Ws is not that great. What does this mean, “Jiggyjoe would be one if .”

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    • And yet you all ignore the fact that we’ve had a last place defense for the last 4 years. I mean that has nothing to do with wins right? Most of you are so narrow sighted its hysterical.

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