Don’t “Undervalue” V-Jax Impact

May 26th, 2014

mike evans 0517bOne of the more cerebral ex-Buccaneer greats, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver himself, is very high on the Bucs’ chances for a revived passing game.

Mark Carrier, who racked up 1,422 yards catching passes from Vinny Testaverde and Joe Ferguson in 1989, is now a front office executive for the Panthers. Speaking to Tom Krasniqi of WDAE-AM 620 on Saturday, Carrier said he is very confident Mike Evans “is going to be special” after watching him at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Carrier cautioned Bucs fans not to “undervalue” the impact of Vincent Jackson on Evans because Jackson knows the specialized skill of “how to play as a big receiver.” It’s a different game for the big targets, Carrier explained, with smaller defensive backs trying to be more physical with them. Carrier was listed at just 6-0, 186 pounds during his playing days.

In what will be music to Bucs fans who watched every snap of the league’s worst offense last season, Carrier believes Evans instantly “makes that entire offense a whole lot better.”

These are wise, sage takes from Carrier. Jackson may very well be the most important coach Evans will have. If Evans is the real deal, well, Sundays will be darn exciting if Jeff Tedford is competent and the Bucs get decent quarterback play. (You can listen to Carrier’s full interview below.)

22 Responses to “Don’t “Undervalue” V-Jax Impact”

  1. pablo Says:

    Undervalue ?? No Pablo doesn’t undervalue V-Jax but Pablo witnessed V – Jax getting caught from behind twice last year .. Pablo knows when guys are over the hill and V-Jax is getting there.. Pablo thinks V-Jax will take a paycut next off season..

  2. brandonbucfan Says:

    Our opener against Carolina will be very interesting to see how they “attempt” to defense us. “If” our three new playmakers are as good as thee media is telling us, Tedford should have a field day with matchups.

  3. rayjay1122 Says:

    I really hope the Bucs have some good fortune on avoiding injuries this season because I really think this team can be really good. I think even with our QB situation that we can win the NFC South. The O-Line does concern me though. I think that will be our achiles heal.

  4. hamilton Says:

    da bucs will not be worst off this year.

  5. rayjay1122 Says:

    V-Jax may get caught from behind sometimes however this season I think we will have more TD’s in the red zone, so I will be happy with just getting in position. I honestly was a little upset with taking Evans at # 7 and wanted a QB but after more evaluation, I think they did the right thing. I think we can win with the new Josh and I am even confident if Glennon comes in due to injury that based on his starting experience that we can still win games.

  6. Harry Says:

    Carrier is not saying VJax himself is undervalued; obviously he is very respected for his skills around the league. Carrier is saying that Vjax can have a big impact on Evans due to them being clones of each other (as Joe likes to point out). I thought the same thing – VJax can better teach Evans how to better play the WR position in the NFL as a big WR. They both have great hands and make great targets. Between VJ, ME and ASJ, the Red Zone should be our b*tch this season!! Very exciting

  7. Orca Says:

    @Pablo, you’re dumb. Look at VJax’s production. Getting caught from behind occasionally isn’t a big deal if you’re catching 80 balls for 1200 yards and 7 TDs… Jeezus, what a tool you are.

  8. rayjay1122 Says:

    @Pablo…I apologize for previously insinuating that you are a moron or an idiot because I do not agree with any of your takes and your constant 3rd person usage. I do not think anyone likes to be labled an idiot so you may want to at least consider changing your 3rd person habit. When Joe does it, it is really not the same because Joe is not really the name of the individual running this site and that is totally cool to the rest of us. So, there. I had at least the courage to publicly apologize for being cruel since that is not a Christian thing to do but seriously, the 3rd person stuff is just asking for bashing.

  9. pablo Says:


    Ooohhhh Pablo gets it now, yes Pablo agrees. I think playing along side V-Jax will greatly benefit Evans going up against the #2 CBs. .. i wouldn’t be surprised if some teams put the number one cover guy on Evans. Kind of like how teams do when they play Atlanta .

  10. getaclue Says:

    Jimmy graham gets caught from behind too, so what,you can always be the biggest and the fastest

  11. BamBamBuc Says:

    VJ gets caught from behind when he’s injured and when he has to come back for underthrown deep passes.

  12. Dougy balls Says:

    But Pablo thinks Pablo is an idiot and Doug can agree with Pablo on that thought.

  13. owlykat Says:

    One of Glennon’s big failings last year was failing to lead V’Jax. Had he done so V’Jax would have been able to get to the end zone more often. However, the Bucs gave up two first round picks for a big receiver with a bigger ego and mouth, but they would not have gotten to the SB without him and he got caught from behind alot too.

  14. Snook Says:

    Carrier is a kitty? Ugh.

  15. Tnew Says:

    Is this the same vjax that led the receiving corps of the worst offense in the nfl? How much help could he be?

  16. teacherman777 Says:

    Pablo is the old miguel.

    A punkass troll with no woman or friends.

  17. Jim Walker Says:

    V-Jax has a bad habit of short arming catches or giving up on plays too early. He needs to raise his intensity if we are going to get the most out of him.

  18. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Idiots. Especially Pablo.
    Do you know why sprinters aren’t 6’5″ ?
    Of course not. You aren’t anything resembling an athlete.
    A little midget will ussually outrun a taller reciever

    Which wide Reciever has the highest rating in yards per catch, in the last 5 years.
    Vincent Jackson averages the most yards per catch.

    Not Roddy white. Not Dez Bryant. Not Larry Fitzgerald.

    Vincent Jackson.
    Some of you are to stupid, to know talent when you see it.

  19. Architek Says:

    LMAO – I tried to warn the idiot called Pablo and he just got the threat of excommunication from Joe on another thread.

    Some people come here for the passion and relationships some idis have formed via the Bucs. And some come just to get attention.

    Well Pablo it seems likes the Bucs but there is some kind of a disconnect with him between fandom and moron hood. Like he says one decent thing and then he will post something outlandish like above and we all scratch or heads as bloggers that this guy can’t be serious.

    I personally think he likes the attention. I’ve been here for years and those types come and go. They usually hang themselves with stupid posts. He’s right in track to fulfill my prediction.

  20. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Lol- yup

  21. pick6 Says:

    it’s funny how vincent jackson catches flack for lacking explosiveness because of the times he has been caught just short of the goal line. he was explosive enough to get open, explosive enough to make the catch, and explosive enough to turn it into a 70+ yard gain in the first place. the guy ran a 40 time close to sammy watkins, he averages 17+ yards every time he catches the ball, but he is not explosive. okay.

  22. BoJim Says:

    VJax will go over 1000 yards this season.