Mike Evans Has Michael Clayton Trait

May 9th, 2014
Shaun King explains a little known fact that makes Mike Evans special

Shaun King explains a little known fact that makes Mike Evans special

Man, that Michael Clayton could block. He was such a great blocker former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik gave him $10 million guaranteed despite years of evidence that No. 80 had Vaseline hands compared to other NFL wide receivers.

(And no, that’s not a filthy DJ Toes On The Line reference.)

That’s why Joe labeled Clayton, “blocking icon.”

New Bucs manbeast, mammoth wide receiver, first-round pick Mike Evans, carries that same Clayton gene, so says former Bucs quarterback Shaun King.

King raved about the selection of Evans this morning on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620. In addition to Evans’ immense talent and being a matchup nightmare for defenses, King said the newest Buccaneer is a punishing run blocker, a fact few fans realize. Among other takes, King said Evans “really gets involved and engaged” in the run game.

Joe was giddy to hear this from one of three QBs who led the Bucs to the NFC title game.

Joe’s also hoping Evans can match Clayton’s 2004 rookie season — 80 catches, 1,193 yards — but not meltdown and blame his head coach. Joe’s had about enough of Bucs’ first-rounder meltdowns to last a lifetime.

55 Responses to “Mike Evans Has Michael Clayton Trait”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    Joe’s had about enough of Bucs’ first-rounder meltdowns to last a lifetime.

    This is something we can damn sure agree on.

  2. DallasBuc Says:

    Been saying he could be next Vincent Jackson or he could be next Michael Clayton…

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    When has this franchise ever drafted a worthwhile reciever, much less a #1?

    Did you complain when Mike Williams’ contract was extended after a strong first three years?–Joe

  4. DallasBuc Says:

    Actually, I really liked Mike Williams. Too bad Lovie couldn’t find a way to keep him.

  5. Tom S. Says:

    Mike Evan’s blocking is good, but can he block Shaun King from a buffet line?

    If so then Clayton has nothing on him.

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Outside of Mike Williams who was just traded away for a cup of coffee

  7. phattitudes Says:

    Sounds like JoeJohnnyFan has been wronged and now he wants to take his ball and go home. Move to Cleveland and live happily ever after.

    Huh? This post praises Mike Evans’ versatility! Some people are always bitter.–Joe

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    Mark Carrier comes to mind. I was in grade school I think

  9. Snook Says:

    Mike Williams is the #3 WR now in Buffalo. But he’d be our #2? That’s sad.

  10. mpmalloy Says:

    So the fact that Evans can block makes him
    a possible drop-a-holic like Mike “Checks in the mail”

    By that logic if a drive a white Bronco it makes me
    an NFL running back and murderer.
    Brilliant analogy.
    …but I understand that the Joe’s are in mourning
    so I’m trying to be respectful.

    You must be misreading something. Because there’s nothing like that written here. –Joe

  11. deminion Says:

    i remember Clayton’s first year i was wow finally got a stud WR then the truth came out he could get open to save his life and could catch a cold think he didnt really love the game

  12. deminion Says:


  13. RastaMon Says:

    I have tried..and tried…but somehow I can’t shake the image of Michael Clayton scoring his first NFL TD without his helmet on…kind sums up the draft day logic of taking Clayton @ 16 when 4 other WR’s had just been selected ahead of him with the first 15 picks…….

  14. JerseyBucsFan Says:

    Evans will be fine just give him Jimmy Garoppolo to throw him the ball. Gonna be a lot of deep balls thrown down field and don’t see Glennon making those throws

  15. Venbuc Says:

    I love how you people start talking about him negatively already, he hasn’t even hit Tampa yet! It’s time to start being positive on a great pick

  16. TDG Says:

    I’m really stoked to see what this offense looks likes with 2 receivers at 6’5″ and 2 pass catching tight ends at 6’4″. Seems to me like this would be a match-up nightmare for most teams.

    Of course, assuming our QBs can get them the ball. I’m not part of the MGM nor a hater, I would like to see a little more from him before making a decision.

    Joe – I’d love to hear your thoughts on the above.

  17. boob Says:

    The last thing a Buc fan ever wants to hear is how great of a blocker our first round wide receiver is….Clayton, I’d almost forgotten about him. Now I can’t shake the image of him driving around in a convertible invoking the high life

  18. Orca Says:

    ^^ Yup, I like the looks of VJax, Evans, and Wright… That’s matchup hell for defenses… THen sprinkle in some speed with Demps, Murphy, or a speed WR to be drafted today and we could have the makings for a tough offense to defend.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Shaun King may have gotten this right…..

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  20. Kyle Says:

    I think if marquis lee falls to Tampa they take him too, that would seriously suck for every other secondary…

  21. Bucamania Says:

    I can’t take another Michael Clayton. REALLY hope not.

  22. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Like it or not Evans was the right pick for this team. VJax and (by pro standards) scrubs at WR before the pick, but now a legit 1 & 1A threat for Glennon, McCown, Kafka or whoever wins the camp battle for starting QB.

  23. deminion Says:

    clayton just liked the night life more then football

  24. nate Says:

    Come on people get excited.. mike evans is a baller.. get excited.. this guy has the potential to be the best player in a draft class that is the deepest in 10 years.. he has only been playing football a few years and is already this good… now he gets to learn from vincent jackson.. this guy will be the best wide out tampa has ever seen..

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m excited!!!!
    We sort of got a half of a TE with Evans…..Imagine

    Try defending VJ 6’5 230, ME 6’5 231 & Tim Wright 6’4 240

    Can anyone say “JUMP BALL”?

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Forget “Speed in Space”…….how about “Hands in Space”???

  27. Meh Says:

    The big difference is Evans has velcro hands and Clayton had stone hands.

  28. bucrightoff Says:

    Yeah the Bucs in the Red Zone are going to be a total nightmare with Evans, Jackson and Wright. Can’t double team all of them

  29. The Fuzzy Red Coin Purse Says:

    What do you all think about drafting another WR in the 2nd, since the drafts so deep there should be a good 2 or 3 left that could start right away or are we sold on a o-lineman or a d-lineman in the 2nd or 3rd?

  30. Macabee Says:


    You might want to be first in line to welcome Mike’s mom to Tampa! You know just being a good neighbor! lol


  31. bucrightoff Says:

    Macabee are you suggesting Mike Evans mom is a MILF? Cause I think even despite the heated disagreements right now, we can all agree on that one….please don’t kill me Mike….

  32. Skelly Says:

    Uhhhhh. On his first day as a BUC, putting Evan’s in the same sentence as Clayton and then suggesting it’s a compliment just feels pretty backhanded Joe. You pretending like it’s not meant that way is underestimating your readers intelligence.

    I, for one, am very excited by the pick. Go Buc’s

    Yes, Joe is underestimating. It is a compliment, clear as a sunny day. Read the post again. –Joe

  33. Buczilla Says:

    ^ WIN ^

  34. Buc1987 Says:

    Go Bucs!

  35. Buczilla Says:

    OK, sorry…. The WIN was for Macabee.

  36. MadMax Says:

    I know we need O line, but if you want height+speed, Martavis Bryant is still there (played with Watkins at Clemson) man what a 3rd option with VJax and MikeyEv…yummy!!!

  37. kevin Says:

    Joe ….I sure as hell complained about williams extension along with every bucs fan I know. I would much rather have two no 1 receiver than a one and a two.

  38. Cmurda Says:

    I cant argue with the calls for Moncrief. I mean, can you imagine how deadly our WR corps would be with the size of Evans and V Jax with the ability to force single man coverage to a speed demon like Moncrief. With that said, people can hate on Joe all they want but we all know McCown and his sick basketball skills is nothing more than a 1 or 2 year at best stop-gap. We have notoriously passed on opportunities to draft a franchise QB. Then, Rockstar reached incredibly to nab Freeman. A move that cost him his job. All I can hope for is that the Texans pass on Carr and we get him or we get Murray in the 3rd or 4th. Come hell or high water we need to draft a QB. Thats all Im saying.

  39. Bucsfanman Says:

    Geez people! I think what Joe’s saying is that in addition to being a nightmare receiver, he can block as well. From what I read that’s where the Clayton comparison stops, the blocking ability.
    This bodes very well for Martin and company. Love the pick, just love it!

  40. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like the idea of a 2nd WR in round 2….there are several very good players including Lee, Matthews & Moncrief…among others…..maybe someone will slip to 3rd round….I’m also very OK with OG in the 2nd.
    Will be disappointed if it isn’t a WR or Oline.

  41. Alexstotle Says:

    I wanted Aaron Donald, but now that Evans is here, I support him all the way and hope he has a great career with us, I just hate getting WRs in the first….

  42. flmike Says:

    Two things I’ve heard about Stevie Johnson in Buffalo, either they will move him to the slot full time or they will trade him. He’s not a number 1 WR, he lacks the elite speed (Mike Williams is actually faster) and size (again, Mike Williams is bigger), The BIlls #1 WR will be Watkins, #2 will be Williams. Watkins and Williams will make a formidable tandem, then add Johnson at the slot and with their two back system, all they need is a QB, don’t be shocked if they draft another one this year, they are really suffering buyers remorse over Manual.

  43. mathius Says:

    Mike willams probably isn’t gonna make the team in Buffalo! He makes to much money to be a 4.

    1 Sammy Watkins
    2 Steve Johnson
    3 Robert Woods (Protoipical slot WR second round pick 2 years ago.)
    4 Mike WIllams

    Mike Evans is more of a Meshawn Johnson on the feild. Line up VJax and Evans on the out sides paired with Demps and Murphy (both run 4.3 40s) in the slots and Dugie fresh in the single back. Glennon will be nasty on Madden 2015

  44. mpmalloy Says:

    Sorry, you don’t get to misrepresent Joe and manufacture falsehoods. –Joe

  45. Nick H Says:

    Steve White has a great scouting report on Evans and a few .gifs that show how powerful of a run blocker he is.

  46. Atlanta Buc Says:

    At this point, with only six picks in this draft, I think the best move in the 2nd or 3rd round, screams for a trade back to get another pick. Could then get an O-Lineman or two, 2nd (speed) WR, or best LB available. Could also grab QB Murray, but it appears Lovie is set with his QB’s of the future, if we are to believe his words yesterday; if not, trade Glennon for another pick, but I would love to hear what Lovie would have to say about it then, if it did happen, although now seemingly more unlikely. I know Joe and the Glennon Mob would be especially interested in what he had to say about it! Talk about blowin up a website.

  47. buc4lyfe Says:

    Yea true no more first rounder meltdowns which i why i was rooting for some other team pick up Mr boom or bust manziel….now let’s done another round two gem and get back on top of the division because thanks to schiano there’s no where to go but up

  48. Atlanta Buc Says:

    Forgot to mention above, besides the great WR’s and Carr still being available, what a steal defensive players Jernigan and Koni Ealy appear to be now in the second round. Uh, FSU’ers drug test aside.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I swear, the way some of you mouth off at Joe I don’t see why he doesn’t IP Ban some of you. I would not be so forgiving.

    I like the first pick. I did not for a moment believe they would pick a WR in the first round, as I said multiple times (and yes, I ate crow).

    But the pick is done and I cannot say it is a bad pick. The Bucs can still pick a QB. Let the Mike Glennon Mob have their day…they keep running their mouths and digging themselves deeper. They’ll mostly disappear when a QB is picked.

  50. BucTrooper Says:

    DallasBuc Says:
    May 9th, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    Actually, I really liked Mike Williams. Too bad Lovie couldn’t find a way to keep him.

    Actually there was a way to keep him. The way is you just don’t pick up the phone and say, “Hello Buffalo?”

  51. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    As much as I wanted Manziel, I really do love this pick. It’s obviously a much safer pick. With Evans and Jackson, it’s not going to take a great QB with great accuracy to get them the ball. Just get the ball in the area and more often than not, they’re going to come down with it. It’s kind of like throwing a lob to Blake Griffin – pretty damn easy. Who are other teams going to double team? For the first time in forever, we actually have some major offensive weapons. Now let’s just all hope they stay healthy.

  52. flmike Says:

    @mathius & Snook
    Stevie Johnson traded to the 49ers…

  53. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    I mean, c’mon Joe, I know this article was trying to be “positive” (I think). But do you really think people are going to think its a positive article with “Mike Evans has Michael Clayton trait”? People are obviously going to assume it isn’t a positive article.

  54. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    @ Bonzai

    I won’t disappear if they take a QB (I am a MG8 proponent). While haters will say it (once again) spells Glennon’s doom I’ll look at it as Kafka’s doom and healthy competition at the QB position/2 guys to get on the job training from McCown.

  55. Brandon Says:

    Joe- stop responding to every Tom, Dick, and Harry every time they have something to say about you. Many times you’ve stated you don’t care, it’s time to start acting like you don’t care and ignore them.