Angry ex-Nebraska football star has career best NFL outing

Trey Palmer woke up ... angry on Sunday morning and proceeded to post the best all-around game of his rookie campaign.
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Trey Palmer woke up in bad mood. Nebraska football fans have long known that meant that the receiver’s opponents better watch out. After the game he had against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Tampa Bay fans are going to start looking forward to him being angry as well.

Since joining the Huskers for his one season in 2022, Palmer has developed a bit of a calling card on social media for when he believes he’s about to have a breakout game. The Nebraska record-breaking pass-catcher takes to X and let’s everyone know just how mad he is.

“I woke up pi*** tf off!!” He wrote on his social media page. There have been plenty of times in the past when he posted that particular message and then went out and had a great game.

It turns out that he did the same on Sunday afternoon. Palmer’s rookie season has been solid if not spectacular, but it appears that the Bucs are starting to get a little more comfortable calling his number of late.

Against the New Orleans Saints, in a game that Tampa needed to win to really fuel its playoff hopes, they turned to the ex-Nebraska football star early and often. He finished the game with 4 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. 

Former Nebraska football receiver posts season-highs

The catches tied a season (and career) high for catches in a game that he’s reached a couple of times this year. It also happens to be the second straight game that he’s hauled down 4 catches in a contest.

The 84 yards blew away his previous career high of 47 yards and showed that perhaps the Bucs are finally willing to let the speedster loose a bit. While he was often a deep threat while with the Nebraska football team, he’s averaging just 8.8 yards per catch with Tampa.

That means that Sunday’s 21 yards per catch are also a career high by a wide margin. While there’s only one more week in Palmer’s rookie season, it looks like he’s starting to peak.