Once again, Bucs veteran Breshad Perriman performs in clutch
A month ago, Breshad Perriman seemed a training camp afterthought. Sidelined for much of August by a hamstring injury, the 29-year-old journeyman could only watch as a handful of rookie receivers seized their respective opportunities to leap-frog him on the depth chart. But while they could take his reps, they couldn't take his reputation - as a big-bodied, big-moment performer.

Hence the reason he stayed on the roster. And hence the reason Tom Brady looked his way at a pivotal moment Sunday. Perriman's 28-yard scoring catch with 7:41 remaining provided the go-ahead points for the Bucs in their 20-10 triumph at Caesars Superdome. "That's why we kept him," Bucs coach Todd Bowles said. "At the end of cut day, he can do everything, and he comes up big at the right time."

Perriman's reception came nine months after he walked off the Bills at Raymond James Stadium, turning a short Brady throw into a 58-yard touchdown in a 33-27 overtime triumph. On Sunday, Perriman (three catches, 45 yards) said he released so effectively that he turned his initial route into a go pattern, allowing Brady - well protected by a makeshift line - to find him in the right corner of the end zone.

"That's my guy, man," fellow receiver Mike Evans said. "He works so hard, made a great play on the first touchdown, which really sparked everything after that."

Joey Knight, The Tampa Bay Times, published 19 September 2022