Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Carolina

A few players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers host the Panthers in Week 17.

1. RB Jacquizz Rodgers
With Doug Martin out of the lineup on Sunday, Rodgers will likely be the Buccaneers' feature back as the team wraps up the regular season. When the Bucs and Panthers met in October, Rodgers picked up 101 yards on 30 carries while also catching five passes for 28 yards. It was Rodgers' first 100-yard game of his career. He would pick up his second 100-yard game the following week. Rodgers has 485 yards so far this season, a career-high, and averaging 4.3 yards per carry.


  1. QB Jameis Winston**
    Jameis Winston is on the brink of an NFL record with one game remaining in the regular season. With 267 passing yards, he will pass Andrew Luck for the most yards ever by a quarterback in their first two seasons. Winston is also poised to surpass the 4,000-yard mark for the second season in a row. He needs just 112 passing yards to reach the milestone.

3. WR Mike Evans
Like Winston, Evans is in the position to set and break records on Sunday. He currently has 11 receiving touchdowns, which are the second-most by a Buccaneer in a single season. Evans owns the single-season record himself, catching 12 touchdowns during his rookie season. Evans enters Sunday's game having already achieved career-highs in receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,256).


  1. TE Brandon Myers**
    With Cameron Brate placed on injured reserve, the Buccaneers will likely turn to Myers in passing situations while utilizing Luke Stocker on blocking downs. Myers has appeared in 114 games during his eight-year career. He is one catch shy of his 200th and needs 46 yards to reach 2,000 on his career. The Buccaneers could also see Alan Cross, an undrafted rookie out of Memphis, receive some playing time at tight end.

5. OL Kevin Pamphile
The Buccaneers were without their top two right tackles, Demar Dotson and Gosder Cherilus, in Week 16 and both players are still listed on the team's injury report. Though their status has been improving – Dotson was a full participant during Wednesday's practice and Cherilus was limited – it's still a possibility that Pamphile will step in at right tackle like he did a week ago.

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