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Buccaneers might have rediscovered using diversion with Rodgers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have found a interrelated using behind for Doug Martin once their No. 1 behind earnings from a hamstring injury.

Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries some-more than he had in a Buccaneers’ prior 3 games total — as Tampa Bay degraded a Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night.

The Bucs (2-3), who came into a diversion ranked 28th in a joining in rushing, done a unwavering bid to pierce a round on a belligerent early on. They handed a round off to Rodgers on a initial 6 plays of a game, and Rodgers had 62 rushing yards before a finish of a initial quarter. Tampa Bay confirmed possession for 21:45 over a initial dual buliding en track to a 6-0 halftime lead.

“I saw him lift it about 50 times in one diversion during Oregon State opposite USC a few years back, so we knew he could do it,” Bucs manager Dirk Koetter said.

The Bucs have a bye subsequent week and Martin could lapse after that if he continues to make strides with his rehab.

Things we schooled from a Bucs win over a Panthers:

BATTERED BUCS, CATS: Both teams should be grateful for their arriving bye weeks, as smashed as they were entering Monday night’s game.

Tampa Bay had 6 players listed as dead with injuries, including 5 starters — Martin, parsimonious finish Luke Stocker (ankle), defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and defensive finish Robert Ayers (ankle).

Carolina was down 4 starters, including joining MVP Cam Newton (concussion), using behind Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), left tackle Michael Oher (concussion) and cornerback James Bradberry (toe). Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle), a Panthers’ first-round collect in a 2016 Draft, was also out.

Tampa Bay has a bye subsequent week, while Carolina’s comes a following week.

PANTHERS NEW SECONDARY: The Panthers had 3 new starters in a delegate after removing torched by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for 503 flitting yards final week — including 300 yards to All-Pro receiver Julio Jones.

The Panthers waived cornerback Bene Benwikere and brought adult rookie Zack Sanchez from a use squad.

So how did Carolina’s “new” delegate perform opposite a Buccaneers? The jury’s still out.

Winston didn’t put adult Ryan-like numbers Monday, and he didn’t try any passes longer than 20 yards until a second half, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans late in a third quarter.

Evans finished with 89 yards on 6 catches, though he was targeted by Winston 12 times. Six other Tampa Bay players had receptions, including a 38-yard locate by parsimonious finish Cameron Brate after he slipped behind Panthers linebackers A.J. Klein and Luke Kuechly.

TURNOVER-PRONE PANTHERS: One of a large reasons a Panthers are 1-4 this season: turnovers.

Carolina led a joining in turnover domain while posting a 15-1 regular-season record, winning a NFC pretension and advancing to Super Bowl 50 final season. But this is a opposite group — one that is not usually branch a round over more, though not forcing opponents into as many turnovers.

The Panthers had 4 turnovers opposite a Buccaneers — dual fumbles and dual interceptions — giving them 11 on a season, tied with Buffalo for third-most in a league.

Even worse, Carolina’s invulnerability didn’t force a turnover for a second true game. They are now a minus-7 overall, restraining for third-worst in a joining with Miami and a New York Giants.

NO PASS RUSH: A large reason a Panthers are struggling on invulnerability is their inability to beget a pass rush but blitzing. Carolina’s starting defensive ends Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy have nonetheless to record a pouch this season. In fact, defensive tackle Kyle Love — who has been with a group usually dual weeks — leads all D-linemen with 1 ½ sacks.

AGUAYO’S FUTURE: While Roberto Aguayo came by in a purchase with Tampa Bay’s game-winning measure Monday, his rookie deteriorate has been unsuitable during best.

The Buccaneers’ second-round breeze collect was a third-most accurate kicker in NCAA story during Florida State with 69 of 78 domain idea attempts done and done all 198 additional points.

While Aguayo done a span of 35-yarders in a initial half opposite a Panthers for a 6-0 halftime lead, he also bounced a 33-yard try off a right honest in a initial half and pulled a 46-yarder left in a third quarter.

After Monday night’s game, Aguayo is 4 of 8 on domain goals for a season, putting him final in a joining in commission (50 percent) among kickers with 5 or some-more attempts.

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AP Freelance Writer Bill Kiser contributed to this report.

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