“He Just Needs Some Coaching”May 14th, 2014
New Bucs rookie manbeast receiver Mike Evans is one heck of a raw prospect. Heck, the kid’s only 20 years old. He can’t even drink beer and skinny margaritas with his best friend Johnny Football. (Really, they are tight.)
Evans showed off his skills at Texas A&M, including playing all kinds of backyard football with his BFF.
But life won’t be as easy for Evans in the NFL, so says former Texans and Redskins general manager Charley Casserly. Speaking on the WDAE-AM 620 this morning, Casserly repeated how he is confident Evans was a good pick by the Bucs and the second best receiver in the NFL Draft. However, Casserly said, “he just needs some coaching,” referring to Evans’ route running.
For Joe, this is where it gets interesting. Lovie Smith’s handpicked wide receivers coach, Andrew Hayes-Stoker, doesn’t have much experience.
He’s 34 years old and was a college fullback/running back. He worked as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Bears under Lovie before leaving for a running backs coach job at Florida International University last year. Joe doesn’t know the guy, but one would think Jeff Tedford might have handpicked a more seasoned receivers coach.
That doesn’t mean Hayes-Stoker can’t be effective, but it’s worth noting. The Bucs admit they are relying a lot on Vincent Jackson’s leadership. Hopefully, Jackson will continue to deliver in all ways. A conspiracy theorist might think Jackson won’t be so eager to help. If Evans thrives and is a superstar wide receiver quickly, then that could make Jackson and his unguaranteed eight-figure contract for 2015 expendable.