Mike Evans “A Vacuum Cleaner”May 23rd, 2014
Joe knows Bucs fans are eager for football to start. Who the hell isn’t?
Joe enjoys baseball, too, but the new commissioner needs to do something about these games dragging out. The Rays tossed a one-hitter (and lost!), and the friggin’ game lasted four hours! That is inexcusable. And people wonder why Joe is a fan of National League baseball!
In particular, Bucs fans are eager to see rookie wide receiver Mike Evans in action.
In his first week as a pro, after practicing against veterans, Bucs general manager Jason Licht referred to him as “Godzilla.”
Former stud NFL wide receiver James Lofton would agree. Co-hosting “The Blitz” today with Zig Fracassi, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Lofton, who trained with Evans this offseason, raved about the Bucs rookie.
And while you may hear people complain that Evans doesn’t always run crisp routes, Lofton said, in so many words, forget that.
If a receiver is taller than normal, he is “not going to be a great route runner,” Lofton said of Evans. “He catches the ball like a vacuum cleaner. He’s such a willing worker. For a guy who was a basketball player, his football IQ really, really sharp.”
Joe is sure this will get Bucs fans all worked up and salivating for football in between guzzling beers this first weekend of the summer season (unless you live in Chicago where summer consists of the Fourth of July).
That’s about the only reason Joe is looking forward to training camp. Just thinking of football practices in the heat of the summer makes Joe want to break out in hives.
Joe texted with a trusted football mind about what Lofton said about big receivers and routes and Joe’s source agreed, because, often, big receivers don’t get off the snap as quick as smaller, speedier receivers, sometimes because of their long strides. However, like Lofton said, Joe’s source stated that if a big receiver is tough and strong and has good hands, that can make up for the routes.