It’s tough to find a silver lining in a game where the Jameis Winston committed six turnovers and the Bucs struggled heavily in all three phases of the game before ultimately falling to the Panthers by a score of 37-26.
Within any team performance, however, there are some individuals that show out. Here are the Bucs’ most impressive performances from Sunday’s game.
WR Chris Godwin
Despite Winston’s shortcomings, he still managed to total 400 passing yards, and a huge chunk of those went to the Bucs’ most impressive pass-catcher to this point in the season, Godwin.
Two weeks after his monstrous performance against the Rams, where the second-year receiver hauled in 172 yards and two touchdowns on a franchise record-tying 12 receptions, Godwin had another huge day against the Panthers. Godwin hauled in 10 of his 12 targets on Sunday for 151 yards.
WR Mike Evans
Evans had one crucial drop near the end of the first half that could have put Tampa Bay in position to add points before halftime, but otherwise had a really big day for the Bucs’ offense.
After being held without a catch in the Buccaneers Week 5 matchup against the Saints, Evans was targeted a team-high 17 times. Of those 17 targets, Evans was able to rack up nine receptions for 96 yards, and while he didn’t find the end zone, he was able to bring in a ball that was tipped up in the air for a successful two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
TE Cam Brate
Although Brate ranked fifth on the team with just four targets, he finished third on the team with 47 receiving yards on two receptions.
Brate hauled in Winston’s lone passing touchdown on the day, a move that pulled Tampa Bay within two scores late in the fourth quarter. The veteran tight end also brought in the Bucs’ longest reception of the day on a 37-yard catch-and-run later in the quarter.
ILB Devin White
It’s been a tough, injury-riddled rookie season, to this point, for the team’s first round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, but he was one of few bright spots on Tampa Bay’s defense against the Panthers.
White led the Bucs’ defense with nine total tackles and added a big tackle for loss on a Christian McCaffrey run to the outside in the first quarter. It was a promising day from the first-year linebacker’s first full game as a pro, and it will be something to build on moving forward.