Tampa Bay Buccaneers Best vs. Carolina Panthers


Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their season opener 20-14 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday but despite an overall poor performance there were still some good performances by some Bucs

Gerald McCoy

The Bucs’ star defensive tackle had eight solo tackles in the game as well as two tackles for loss. He also added the Bucs’ lone sack of the day which came at a timely moment late in the game as it gave the ball back to the offense to try for the game tying or winning drive. The Bucs defensive line played pretty well and it’s no surprise that McCoy spearheaded their performance.

Solomon Patton

The rookie was playing in his first regular season NFL game and he looked very comfortable out there returning punts and kick offs. Activated from the practice squad, Patton returned two kick offs for 52 yards and had four punt returns for 56 yards including a 33-yarder. It’s safe to say that Patton has locked down the kick off and punt returning duties moving forward.

Brandon Myers

The Bucs’ new starting tight end had an eventful game. He caught six passes for 41 yards, both team highs, and was on the field for 80 per cent of the Bucs’ offensive snaps. Myers may not stretch the field much, his longest catch was just nine yards, but he presents a good short, intermediate option, who has good hands. He’ll continue to be an integrate part of the Bucs offense each week.