News: Brindza was 1-for-3 on field goal attempts, successfully making a 42 yarder, and was 2-for-3 on point-after attempts in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Brindza hit the right upright on a 29-yard attempt at the end of the first half, and then was wide left on a 43-yard try in the third quarter. The rookie kicker has likely exhausted the benefit of the doubt that his undeniably formidable leg and early success had bought him, particularly with the Bucs now 1-3 and the current regime's seat getting progressively warmer. Brindza's status will likely be made clearer in the early part of the coming week.
News: Brindza's job may be in danger, after he missed five field goals and two PATs over the last two games, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Brindza displayed his leg strength on a successful 58-yarder last week, but the Bucs probably can't justify keeping him around, as he's since converted just one of his last six attempts. Given how the Tampa Bay offense has played this season, the team's kicking situation can be ignored in the vast majority of formats.
News: Brate secured his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Brate notched his first reception of the season, helping veteran Brandon Myers man the tight end position in the absence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder). The second-year pro is expected to receive even less playing time upon Seferian-Jenkins' return, which could possibly occur in Week 5.
News: Myers secured one of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Myers was a distant sixth option for Jameis Winston on Sunday, with even Doug Martin and Charles Sims receiving more targets. The veteran tight end continues to keep the seat warm for starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins, while he recovers from his shoulder injury.
News: Murphy secured three of his four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Murphy did not have a particularly long reception for the first time since Week 1, but did receive his usual range of targets as the third receiver. Murphy has played a nice complementary role in the last two weeks, while starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson have each seen double-digit looks.
News: Evans secured three of his eight targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Evans had his second quiet day in the three weeks that he's been active this season. In the case of Week 4, standout Panthers corner Josh Norman played a large role in the muted performance, providing suffocating coverage. Evans clearly has too much talent to be shut down consistently, and will look to rebound against the Jaguars' questionable secondary in Week 5.
News: Jackson secured 10 of his 15 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The talk at Bucs headquarters after Week 3 was that the offense needed a greater balance in target distribution, and Jackson appeared to be the immediate beneficiary in Week 4. The veteran received double-digit targets for the first time since Week 1, when Mike Evans was inactive. Although game flow certainly played a role in the Bucs going pass-heavy in the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston appeared to look for Jackson early and often Sunday. The Bucs' pass distribution will likely experience week-to-week fluctuations, particulary considering Winston's on-the-job training, but Jackson will undoubtedly be one of the rookie quarterback's primary targets more often than not.
News: Sims gained 23 yards on six carries and secured three of five targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: The versatile second-year back continues to be a difference maker through the air for the Bucs. It was Sims' second touchdown reception in as many weeks, and came on a formation that featured him split out wide as a receiver. Sims did a good job working his way free in the end zone on the play, and an under-duress Jameis Winston was able to find him after narrowly avoiding a sack. Sims will continue to work in tandem with backfield mate Doug Martin in a Bucs offense that is long on talent but still short on consistency in the early going of the 2015 campaign.
News: Martin gained 106 yards on 20 rushes and caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Martin recorded his eighth career 100-yard performance, and only his second in the last two seasons. The fourth-year pro ripped off a season-high gain of 26 yards, and his five receptions were the most he'd secured in a game since Week 16 of his rookie campaign in 2012. Martin's touchdown, a hard-hitting five-yard scamper up the middle in the second quarter, was his first visit to the end zone this season. Despite the unfavorable end result Sunday, Martin's performance was certainly a bright spot, particularly against a Panthers defense that had come into Week 4 allowing only 3.3 yards per rushing attempt in 2015.
News: Winston completed 26-of-43 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers. He also gained 12 yards on four rushes.
Impact: Winston wasted no time putting himself and the Bucs in a hole, throwing a pick-six on his first pass of the game for the second time in four weeks. It would mark the first of two occasions Sunday in which the rookie quarterback was victimized by standout corner Josh Norman, whose 34-yard return of the second interception helped set up a Carolina touchdown. Winston admittedly dealt with some extenuating circumstances in the form of on-again, off-again torrential rainstorms throughout the game, but still displayed some faulty decision making that was independent of the weather conditions, which everyone had to deal with. He did round out his stat line in the latter stages of the game, honing in on Vincent Jackson almost as often as he did on Mike Evans in Week 3. Winston will try to generate a much less turnover-laden performance in a favorable matchup at home in Week 5 against the Jaguars.
News: Conte (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impact: With Major Wright (abdomen) out yet again, Conte will settle into the starting lineup at strong safety. In the first three contests, Conte has notched 17 tackles (15 solo), two tackles for loss, one interception, and one forced fumble.
News: Wright (abdomen) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impact: Wright built up to a full practice by week's end, but will nonetheless miss his third game in a row due to an abdominal injury. In his stead, Chris Conte (hip) will again serve as the starting strong safety.
News: Martin (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impact: Brushing off a nick to his knee suffered in Wednesday's practice, Martin will get the nod in the backfield, per usual, but may find the going tough against a Carolina defense that has conceded just 3.1 YPC and two total touchdowns to running backs this season.
News: Martin (knee) will play Sunday against the Panthers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Impact: Martin is officially listed as questionable after suffering the injury during practice this week, but he was always adamant that he would play. The Panthers' defense has been hit by big injuries, namely to linebacker Luke Kuechly and defensive end Charles Johnson, possibly giving Martin more lanes to run through than normal against Carolina.