NEW ORLEANS -- Even with rookie WR Mike Evans sidelined by a groin injury, the Bucs receivers stepped up in a big way Sunday, helping QB Mike Glennon keep up with the Saints' potent offense until the very end of a 37-31 overtime loss.
"I had an assignment to do a post, and it broke down so I scrambled. I saw Mike looking at me, just stayed alive and made a play," said rookie Robert Herron, whose 9-yard touchdown gave the Bucs an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Herron wasn't the only receiver catching his first touchdown as a Bucs player -- Louis Murphy, building off a 99-yard debut last week, caught a 20-yard toe-tap touchdown with 20 seconds left in the first half.
The biggest plays of the passing game came from veteran Vincent Jackson, who had his best game of 2014 with 144 yards on eight catches. Of those, 34 came on an improvised play where Glennon, scrambling, lobbed a pass back toward the middle of the field to Jackson, setting up Herron's touchdown.
"Our offense, from the second quarter on, was really moving the ball well," said Glennon, who finished 19-for-32 for 249 yards with two touchdowns. "We had them right where we wanted them. ... When you're playing the best, you have to play all 60 minutes."