4 big storylines to watch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Ian Thomas
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Target distribution

The Carolina Panthers have a wealth of options available in the passing game. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady made a point of trying to get everyone involved early on last weekend. But he will now know who can be relied upon after a positive performance overall from the group.

D.J. Moore led the way with nine targets against the Raiders. This was to be expected from the Panthers’ No. 1 receiving option. But he will need to improve timing with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to make the most out of his outstanding skill set.

Free-agent signing Robby Anderson made his presence felt with a fine display on his Carolina debut. He was targeted eight times and managed to attain 115 receiving yards and a touchdown as a result of his efforts.

Curtis Samuel was another who took his time to settle into a competitive environment, bringing in four receptions from seven targets. Star running back Christian McCaffrey saw just four balls thrown his way, which was something of a surprise given the All-Pro’s ability to make things happen in the passing game.

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Tight end Ian Thomas and No. 4 wideout Seth Roberts both notched two targets apiece and will be hoping for more at Raymond James Stadium. This is a conundrum for Brady to try and master during the early stages of the season and getting the balance right against the Bucs is going to be pivotal to their chances.