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Most impressive Buccaneers from Sunday’s loss to the Panthers

Spoiler alert, the list is short.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered their fifth loss of the season and have now lost five of the last six games. It was just another week and another embarrassing performance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Outside of a 12 minute stretch in the third quarter, Tampa Bay was outplayed, outcoached, out hustled and outsmarted from the beginning.

Far too often this season we have seen the Buccaneers fall behind by 20+ points before the second quarter is even over. Like they do every week, they tease a comeback, but ultimately falter in every aspect. Penalties, missed tackles, blown coverages, you name it.

With that being said, every game win or lose brings some top performers and here are the Buccaneers that showed up on Sunday.

Adam Humphries: Hump has really come on in the last few weeks and seems to be a vocal part of the Tampa Bay passing attack. Humphries finished the day with eight catches for 82 yards and also secured two touchdowns. Humphries is arguably the most reliable receiver on the team and seems to be building excellent chemistry with both Winston and now Fitzpatrick. The Buccaneers should look to extend Humphries as he he is one of the most underrated slot receivers in the NFL and does his job on a consistent basis.

O.J. Howard: Howard is really coming into his own during his sophomore season. He is now tied for the team lead in touchdowns with four and finished the game Sunday with four receptions for 52 yards and two scores. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and is only going to get better as time goes on. Howard is making a case to be in the conversation as a top five tight end in the league.

Carl Nassib: Another week where it was really hard to find a player on defense that deserved to make the list, but Nassib gets a mention. He finished with a sack, two QB hits and 1 tackle for loss. Nassib has been a nice find for the Buccaneers defense and can possibly be a nice building piece going forward.

It’s a short list due to the fact that no one really showed up today. You can argue that Fitzpatrick deserves to be on this list, but it wasn’t a good enough overall performance to make the cut.

Maybe one week before the end of the season this list can have 8+ players on it, but the way things are going, that’s not looking likely.