Mike Evans May Take A Little TimeJune 9th, 2014
Yes, Joe knows we live in a microwave, fast food, text-messaging world. We want, need, crave instant gratification. Anyone remember when a fax machine was thought to be game-changing technology?
So, in part driven by the fantasy football crowd, fans want immediate results. They don’t care that a guy is in only his fourth year of organized football and may be a rookie. Bulls(p)it! Catch touchdowns. Now!
Much easier said than done.
So Super Bowl-winning general manager Bill Polian has one word for Bucs fans when it comes to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, so he told Booger McFarland recently on WHFS-FM 98.7. The word is the bane of modern society:“patience.”
“I thought it was a great pick,” Polian said of Evans. “Maybe I have been around too long and see Lovie through Tony Dungy’s eyes. I think everything they did was great and Evans is a great pickup. He will struggle early because route-running is not a strong suit of his. He came to football late after being a great basketball player in the Houston area.
“And he was — my son Brian who is now at Nevada was on the staff at Texas A&M when he first began to play along with Johnny Manziel. And I remember seeing him as a skinny guy, a long, beanpole kind of a guy who could get up there and [catch] jump balls and had great hands and was pretty competitive. I go to the pro day this year and I saw him then, and boy oh boy, has he grown up. He is a big stud right now and he can still get those jump balls.
“He is highly competitive. He will block, which fits perfectly with Lovie’s style of football. And he is only going to get better running routes. He does not have the great feet and ability to drop his hips because he is a very long guy. But he can run by you, he will out-jump you and he will knock you flat on your back. So the rest of it is just polish.”
This is the second person in recent weeks who said Evans isn’t a great route-runner; former stud wide receiver James Lofton said the same thing. Like Polian, Lofton also stated that shouldn’t matter in the long run.
Just seeing Evans in one practice really opened Joe’s eyes. He was a monster among boys; a Godzilla. Then again, he was playing largely against camp meat, not veterans when Joe was watching.
Time will tell if Evans can live up to his reputation in his rookie year. If he does not, Joe hopes fans cut him some slack.