The Bucs found success with their subs against San Diego, with backup players leading Tampa Bay to a third-straight win.
On Sunday, the subs became the stars. The Bucs used every combination to score on offense, on special teams and finish off the game on defense. It was a complete team win.
"I love it," said quarterback Josh Freeman. "I love it when everybody, it's all around."
It wasn't the usual Buc superstars that found the end zone. Of the four touchdowns, three were scored by players the Bucs picked up in free agency.
"Who?" asked defensive lineman Gerald McCoy.
How about Tiquan Underwood, Dallas Clark and Leonard Johnson.
"Oh, yeah," McCoy smiled. "I knew that – I just wanted to give them a shout out. Good job fellas. That's a testament to what the guys do upstairs. You always hear me say how much I trust the guys upstairs. I just let them do what they do."
"Obviously, Leonard's touchdown turned it for us a little bit," said veteran defensive back Ronde Barber. "It's a lot of guys on this team that are stepping up when they need to."
Two scores came from players that found the end zone for first time since high school. Adam Hayward took Dakota Watson's punt block back for his first score.
"Honestly, I just picked it up and was thinking don't get caught," Hayward said. "Because I knew, Mason, Dakota and Lavonte would make fun of me for getting caught. So I was thinking just don't get caught. I was running like, don't get caught, don't get caught."
Johnson took his third interception in three games into the end zone. It was his first score since playing quarterback at Largo High.
"I'm grateful, man," said Johnson. "I am just so blessed. We all make plays in our minds growing up. That just came through, and it was a big help for the team. I know all my teammates made that play happen."
Signed less than a month ago and added to the active roster just this week. Lequan Lewis closed out the win with a fourth-quarter touchdown.
"The coaches have been coaching for a while and they see talent," said Lewis. "When they see talent, they go and get it. They don't worry about, oh this guy didn't get drafted or this guy didn't do that or this or the other, they are worried about one thing: Can you play football – and that's it."
For the Bucs, it's all about wins.
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