4 Panthers players who underperformed at the Bucs in Week 2

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Tre Boston – Carolina Panthers S

Tre Boston was one of the top performers for the Carolina Panthers in 2019. He made the most out of a second chance with the organization and his high-level of production earned the safety a three-year, $18 million extension with an $8 million signing bonus and a further $8 million guaranteed.

This form has not made a smooth transition to the current campaign as yet. The Panthers’ secondary has struggled overall to find their feet. But Boston needs to be held accountable more than most thanks to his status within the franchise.

One of the more concerning elements to Boston’s contribution at the Buccaneers was his positioning. He was caught out on numerous occasions that enabled Tom Brady to take advantage of gaps on the outside or across the middle and this is something that needs to be rectified at the earliest possible opportunity.

There were some nice moments from Boston. But his overall grade of 35.4 from Pro Football Focus from his first two games is a damning verdict on his initial influence.

With so many veteran leaders departing the Panthers this offseason, more is expected of Boston than ever before. Hopefully, this is just an early blip after having no preseason games to build chemistry with a new-look defense. But it is hard not to look at the former North Carolina standout’s level of performance and not be a little concerned.