“We Can Do Some Damage”June 10th, 2014
Aside from hobbled guard Carl Nicks, the two guys Bucs fans are sweating over for not practicing are wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans; both have tender hamstrings.
But Jackson and Evans returned to the field today to begin the Bucs’ three-day minicamp, albeit with limited practice time as not to blow up their hamstrings again.
For the first time since rookie minicamp, Evans did some drills full blast and came away not just happy, but geeked for what may be for the Bucs this fall.
[The hamstring] “feels good,” Evans said. “I just got back [on the field] today. It’s good. Felt normal. I got out here today and got some individual work in. Ran full speed and for the most part, felt good.
“I think my legs are strong enough now [to go through normal drills]. So, that’s up to the training staff. To me, it is very important [to practice]. I just wanted to get out here and just run around. play the sport I love to play.”
Evans noted he has seen the entire Jeff Tedford playbook and learning it is calculus-like.
“We went over the whole playbook starting with rookie minicamp until now,” Evans said. “It is a very complex offense. It is very difficult. I’m just trying to get the hang of it. I’m doing a lot of studying at night.”
Evans noted that his patience was very much tested having to stand on the sidelines watching his teammates practice.
“I have been telling everybody how mad I am [at being sidelined] and they can tell it in my face,” Evans said. “The season is not until September and I am trying to understand that. I will be competing in training camp.”
Having been able to practice with Vincent Jackson today, albeit briefly, Evans’ eyes were opened as to what could be.
“We both walked through together and I was like, ‘Man, we’ve got some height on us. We can do some damage,’” Evans said. “It is going to be fun.”
As far as what he plans to do after this week? Well, Evans said Texas can wait.
“I am going to work out with Josh [McCown] over the summer,” Evans said. “I’m going to try to get that connection with him and just get back in shape and lose some weight. Try to get in the best shape ever.”