This will be a weekly post, containing news from around the web on game days revolving around the Bucs and, of course the team they are playing that Sunday. To kick off this Sunday’s edition: It’s worth noting that the three lowest spending teams in the NFL, in an uncapped season were all victorious on opening day.
Josh Freeman, who has been able to rally the Bucs, late in the fourth quarter, in five of his ten starts to either tie the game or take the lead. He has 3 come-from-behind wins credited to him and is now being compared to the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers and Tony Romo as he continues to show poise under pressure in critical situations late in games. Through 10 starts Freeman has completed 60 out of 103 passes attempts for 705-yards and five touchdowns.
Third year pro and second year starter at weakside linebacker, Geno Hayes is unleashing his inner beast. Hayes, 23, is looking to channel his inner rage in a similar manner as to that of Ray Lewis star middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens does. Hayes who’s looking for that spark, wants to become hot as fire, and cool as ice.
Starting TE Kellen Winslow and backup RB Kareem Huggins are traveling with the team to Charlotte, but will be game time decisions.
The Panthers have downgraded rookie receiver Brandon LaFell from probable to questionable. Dwayne Jarrett would likely start if LaFell can’t go according to the Associated Press.
Rookie DE Greg Hardy is begin touted as the Panthers rookie of the year over other highly drafted rookies.
Scott Fowler, of the Charlotte Observer surmises the Panthers offense will have two primary plays against the Bucs – the handoff and the pitchout.
Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson, who spent the last two years calling plays from the sidelines moved up to the press box this season, to get a better vantage point as the Panthers usher in new coaches.