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.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. No way wouldve I put mike evans on this list. But then again we didnt have many good things happen today

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    • I completely agree! In my opinion two of the ints were on Evans and he dropped a perfect Lang pass that should have been a rd. He failed to catch another long pass later and Michael Irvin said “I don’t understand why he is slowing down at the end of his routes”.

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  2. Evans and White both sucked today.

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    • yea what the hell game were they watching

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    • White, in my opinion actually played very well while making some mistakes.

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  3. Even with a QB who turned the ball over six times, three out of four most impressive are receivers. What does that tell you?
    I think just about any QB in the NFL right now could have great numbers with these receivers. We don’t need Winston. Bench him.

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  4. Taylor, are you kidding me putting Mike on this list??????? C’mon man. Mike’s having a horrible season. Not sure what’s up with him, but he’s not the same.

    And where’s the run defense? These guys have been stout against the toughest RB’s in the league and shut down McCaffery again today. They’re a legit force in the middle and should be recognized.

    Fine with Brate and Whitel.

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    • You know nothing about football stop watching

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    • I completely agree! Evans is responsible for two of the ints and is also responsible for the Bucs NOT scoring two tds! Who actually had the worst game? I would say Evans.

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  5. Agreed. Evans was lazy and definitely the cause of one of Jameis’ picks. Dropped a sure td which would’ve changed the whole momentum of the game, then stopped and loaded on a route 30 yards down the field that he miss played, then the end zone where he wasn’t even looking. Michael Irvin even called Mike our for quitting on routes throughout the game.

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    • You are EXACTLY right! Irvin called Evans out on the first interception saying “I would have liked to see Evans come back to the ball,” which he should have done. How many of you would have thought the smaller cb could have taken a ball away from a 6’5” 231 lb physical wr? Irvin also called him out in the last int. He said he turned around FAR to late and should have done so as he got to the goal line. If mike has done that he would have caught
      It and it would have been a td instead of a pick.
      Don’t get me wrong; two ints were on Winston. He also was responsible for at least 3 sacks, maybe 4. He kept running out from behind his blockers right into the arms of the rusher who was being blocked. One other Int was when his arm was hit; that’s not on him

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  6. White on this list is a joke. He’s still got a lot of stuff to learn out there.

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  7. Off topic but I hope these trade talks for Peterson and Ramsey stops. We clearly have a lot of work to do still and trading away 1st round picks for those guys wouldn’t help us at all..we need to look for a qb now too.

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  8. I think the facial applied by McCafferty on D, White, really woke him up, good for him!

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  9. hmm…..

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  10. The trade rumors need to get going!! Trade OJ for a 1st and a bag of trash bags for Hargeaves. Trade Brate for a 3rd. Leftwich can’t figure out how to use TEs so why have them? Really I’m open to trading about anyone at this point. Please stop with the start Griffin stuff, Winston is the starter all year long so GET OVER IT!!! He will probably be gone after this. (Arians may not let him go) we should get as many picks as possible and try to fix this pile of garbage team. Please don’t pay Barrett anything until after the season. God this team is a F$&@ing Joke!!!!

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  11. How can there even be an impressive list after that shit show. I expect that production from Evans and Godwin. It’s not impressive plus Mike quit on routes all day and dropped passes. But we all know Jameis wont get benched and were all going to have to ride that rollercoaster all season. I guess anything can happen in this league but usually its the bad stuff with this team. Highly doubt they can turn this around and put a winning streak together. If they cant beat the Titans with an extra week to perform then the season is truly over.

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  12. The only person that should be on this list, surprised we even have one, is Godwin and our run defense. Those two things are about the only thing going good for this team!!

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  13. Winston has been sacked 25 times already. He might end up breaking the NFL record. Offensive line needs? Yeah, a few.

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  14. Evans impressive? Not!

    Jameis won’t get benched and he shouldn’t. 13 sacks in two weeks and now your going to throw in guy that’s never thrown pass I’m NFl and he will fare better. So glad fans don’t decide this shit. Lol.

    BucRy agree trading away picks with Thai team is laughable.

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  15. The best silver lining I have is that Winston gets better the second half of the season- good enough to get resigned, but not good enough to command over 20 mil. Yes, I know this sounds absurd but this season is lost.

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  16. This is really a “Least Unimpressive” list.

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  17. Pete Wood, any QB might have great numbers with these tow WR’s if they had a good OL to protect them which Winston doesn’t. They might however, end up on the IR list by the end of the season. Winston led the league in QB hits before this game.
    Yet we continue to see deep and mid level routes and no roll outs to give the guy a break.
    Evans also didn’t drop just one pass that surely would have gone for a TD and changed the momentum going into the half, but he also dropped another deep ball when the Bucs desperately needed a big play. For those two clangs, he doesn’t deserve to be on this list.
    The NFL schedule maker did the Bucs no favor with this third road game in a row.’
    I’m not a gambler, but those who are would tell you to take the other team who hasn’t been on the road for three weeks in a row and think Carolina played at home last week.
    Oh, and for all of you Mariota fans who stiil lament the Bucs didn’t pick him instead, his stats for the day were 7-18-0-2. He was yanked in favor of Ryan Tennehil.

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  18. I said this before the season.. The Bucs were in a lose-lose situation with the draft. Winston is a turnover machine but Mariota is a barely a replacement-level backup

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  19. This list is a joke. Mike Evans??!! Lol. Garbage man with brick hands. I got upset he wasn’t included on most disappointing! (See my comment over there). What game did you watch???

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  20. David had a solid game.

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  21. Quit talking reason to these morons fredster.
    These are the same people who believe in the Deep State and that a President has the authority to ask a foreign country to investigate his political rivals and then blame the whistle blower when he tells the truth.
    Something the current resident of the WH is incapable of telling.

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  22. Last week the Jets gave up 10 sacks! Today with a real QB at the helm they gave up 2, and won the game. Darnold did have one pick, but it just shows what a difference a good QB can have on the whole team. Jameis’s first play of the game was an interception, you know what that does to the rest of the team? It get’s in their heads that no matter how good we do today, Jameis will give it away at any moment. Give it away he did, like the first game against the 49ers. Like his second half meltdown against the Giants. His bad outing against N.O.. He played one mistake free game this year our last win at Carolina. He was good against the Rams. Our record is 2-4, see a pattern? When QB plays good, your team has a chance. If he plays bad, like today you have no chance. There’s no chance that Jameis will ever be any better then what we’ve seen the last 4.4 years. Licht would be better off being handcuffed to a dead hooker, then being handcuffed to Jameis Winston which he is since he drafted him. If you don’t like the way Mike Evans played today, guess who drafted him over A. Donald? Licht needs to be fired.

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  23. Wait, what?

    White on this list?

    Are you kidding me?

    He had a bad run fit on the play where Whitehead made the huge tackle to prevent CMC from getting the 1st.

    He had multiple blown or just poorly executed coverage assignments (both Man and Zone).

    He got stiff-armed to the ground by a 200 lb running back in the open field on a TD preventing Tackle attempt.

    Having 9 Tackles is a metric for a good day?

    Jesus, what has happened to this website.

    Ryan Smith should trivially be on here.

    Sub out Evans and White and put Ryan Smith and Vea or LVD on here.

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  24. D. Whites first real game… after spinning like a windmill off CMC he only got better.

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  25. Evans doesn’t belong here and David belongs over White who go Conte’d on CMC’s first TD.

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  26. Most impressive player on the Bucs was Ryan Smith and that’s sad.

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  27. Rookie QB and first time starting. We were doomed from the start.

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  28. Need to be 3 and 5 by half way point.

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  29. Evans? Can’t agree with that…I know it was slim pickings but less than 100 yards on 17 targets and leaving over 100 yards and 2+ TDs on the field? No way…bad day at the office.

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  30. Jason Licht (Lite) Must Go
    Let’s review the last 5 first round picks. First we should acknowledge that the NFL is a passing league and first round picks should be reserved for premium positions, which are those that affect the passing game. Those positions are QB, WR, LT, Pass Rusher and CB.
    2015 Jameis Winston. Erratic, does not see the whole field, loses more games than he wins. BUST
    2016 Vernon Hargreaves, Too small, too slow to be a shut-down corner yet another example of this teams inability to evaluate talent. BUST.
    2017 O.J. Howard, Tight end is not a premium position and not worthy of a first round pick. Erratic, poor route runner, unproductive. BUST.
    2018 Vita Vea, Nose tackle is not a premium position and not worthy of a first round pick. Second year and still trying to prove he can be a star. Bad Pick for first round.
    2019 Devin White Middle linebacker is not a premium position and when you compare to what we could have had it is a very bad pick.
    Five picks in a row and not a good one in the bunch. Is there a better definition of failure for an NFL GM? How about record?
    Since 2015 we are 27 and 43. Had enough?
    Just say Lite must go.

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  31. White and Evans? Did you watch the game? Evans played terribly and White looked lost most of the game! Youre almost as blind as Licht.

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  32. Devin White was terrible. He’s got a looooong way to go. Chris Conte thought he looked soft out there.

    And Mike Evans was disappointing for sure.

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