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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs WRs start strong, then disappear



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Bucs' top two receivers had a promising start to Sunday's game with 111 receiving yards in the first 16 minutes, but then disappeared the rest of the way as Carolina pulled away to a 27-6 win.

Tiquan Underwood had three catches for 51 yards in the opening quarter, helping the Bucs to a 3-0 lead, and Vincent Jackson caught a 60-yard pass from Mike Glennon in the first minute of the second quarter to the 4-yard line, setting the Bucs up for what looked like a sure lead.

But Glennon fumbled and the Bucs came away empty, and Tampa Bay's top two receivers went dormant for much of the rest of the game, not catching anything until Jackson caught two short passes in the final five minutes.

"That's a good defense. During the course of the game, as a receiver, sometimes balls are going to come your way, sometimes they're not," Underwood said. "They did a good job today. They took us out of our run game. We tried to stick with it for as long as we could, but when you're down, you have to start getting chunks and passing the ball."

Jackson, who did not speak to reporters after the game, had a big game two weeks ago against Atlanta, catching 10 passes for 165 yards and a score, but take that away and he has similar numbers in his last four games besides that: a combined 10 catches for 185 yards and no touchdowns.


[Last modified: Sunday, December 1, 2013 5:23pm]


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