Five Bounce-Back Candidates for the Buccaneers
1) Mike Evans: Like the rest of the Bucs’ offense, Mike Evans had a tough game on Sunday. Aside from Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson, no Buc had a tougher draw than Evans who faced off with All-Pro cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Evans finished with just five catches for 59 yards, easily his worst outing of the season and his first without a touchdown.
This week Evans gets a much friendlier match-up in the Panthers who gave up 300 yards receiving to Julio Jones last week. The Panthers very clearly made a mistake by letting go of Josh Norman who seemed to have Evans’ number last season. With Norman out of the picture, Evans is in a great position to bounce back both from last weeks dud and last seasons struggles against the Panthers.
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Defeating the Panthers in their own stadium on Monday night football will be no easy task, even if Cam Newton ends up sitting with a concussion. The Bucs will need their defense to get healthy (McCoy, Ayers), and for their offense to find the rhythm they had against the Atlanta Falcons. If they can get rebound games from Jameis Winston and the other four on this list then Bucs fans may just get treated to an upset win from their team.
Click below to listen to our own James Yarcho join The PewterCast to discuss the loss to the Broncos, the injury bug, and preview the Panthers game on Monday night!