History For Mike Evans

November 4th, 2014

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If Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans hasn’t had a breakout party, yet, he sure had one Sunday. Evans showed why he was so coveted by Bucs brass when he hauled in seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

These were not ordinary catches, either. We are talking acrobatic, back-shoulder catches that made Joe’s head shake.

Well, folks. It was impressive. It was also historic, as detailed by Randall Liu from the NFL empire in Manhattan.

And just think, Bucs fans, it will likely get better.

We can all kvetch about what a lousy job Bucs coach Lovie Smith has done in talent evaluation. It seems when it comes to the draft, Lovie has done fairly well, pending the Charles Sims investment.

27 Responses to “History For Mike Evans”

  1. HorseForce Says:

    really happy with this chap. has looked really good the past few weeks. Shame we need multiple pieces to help him out.

    Bit depressing but I’m looking forward to the draft already. So many ways we can go. First pick either QB OL DL

  2. Espo Says:

    Again, I really hate to be a downer when everything is going so well for us Bucs fans, but I would really like to see Evans use his head. Imagine what an asset he’ll be when he uses his dominating play making ability without the occasional brain fart.

  3. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Imagine if mike the cannon didn’t horribly under throw that one pass when he was running wide open down the field.

  4. MTM Says:

    Evans is the only positive addition to this team so far and he has to make circus catches because our future is so inaccurate.

  5. Harry Says:

    He is definitely a nice find, but he was the #7 overall pick. Only the Rock Star could screw that up. Right Mark Barron? Yes, can’t wait to see what Sims can do. Especially since we needed an Olineman with that pick.

  6. Patrick in VA Says:

    Kid’s a stud. They definitely nailed it with that pick. I think they did a good job with their second pick as well, ASJ’s development just seems to be lagging because we’re comparing him to Evans who is way ahead of the curve. ASJ is developing at the rate you would expect and will only get better with an offseason and training camp to prepare, which he didn’t really have this year. Gotta say that I’m geeked about Sims too. I know I should keep my expectations low until he gets his feet under him and fully settles back in to football shape but if the administration liked him that much to draft him in the 3rd then there’s got to be something there. We could use any spark we can get at this point.

    I’m looking forward to the draft a whole lot more than free agency next year. I’d be happy if we made zero moves that garnered any sort of buzz. Just want role players who will come in and do their jobs the right way because they fit the system. Let’s blow people’s hair back with our drafts. We seem to be better at that anyway.

  7. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Joe – Is there a word count filter set up where longer posts need to be monitored? Not saying it’s a bad idea, if so, as those are generally where the most salacious stuff is found. Just wondering because I thought my post was pretty innocuous.

  8. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    Yep, it’s nice to take a time out from complaining about our coach to realize we have a VERY good receiver for our future. Can’t wait to see the player he can become.

  9. phil Says:

    Great news. ProFootballTalk is reporting that Lovie may start Josh McCown against the Falcons. This should help us secure the number one pick so that we can draft Jameis Winston. Mike Evans will have a lot of big games if Jameis is throwing him the ball. We failed to get a quarterback last year I hope we can be successful in drafting Jameis Winston.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Imagine how good he could be if he had a capable qb throwing him the ball.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Phil

    If this is true(starting McCown)…..we will most certainly pick a QB in the draft….

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    As a fan who has waited for a high first round pick to be spent on a franchise quarterback since…well…since Dilfer (shudder) was taken 6th overall in 1994, even if we were awarded the first pick, I’m not overly convinced our GM/HC would take a QB (or if they do, that they would take the best one).

    I realize though, that Jameis Winston is at the top of everyone’s list. I don’t know much about him, except that he wins games and I seem to see his name associated with trouble from time to time (I don’t know why).

    But the last thing I want is a troubled QB. If he is, I’d pass, assuming there is a better option available.

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Lovie has drafted 2 first round offensive linemen in the past, for a team that needed a QB as well. At least one was a bust (not sure about the other).

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TBBF – I think you might be right. Unless their scouts are sold on a QB that they’re pretty sure they’ll get in a later round, then starting McCown pretty much means that we’re going shopping for a QB next year. If it happens then I’ll pull for him to pan out but hopefully they come to their senses and build the team the right way. One of these days they’ll figure it out and start consulting with me before they make these decisions.

  15. Jim Says:

    I wish we could get a 4th round pick for Adrian Clayborne.

  16. Warren Says:

    Not banking too much on Sims yet. Especially when Rainey is finally getting a chance to break out and is doing reasonably well.

  17. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Warren – I think Rainey doing well will only help with Sims’ development. Because they don’t have to throw him to the wolves and hope he can save the season, Sims should be able to get him feet under him a bit and develop properly.

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Yeah, if we start McCown on Sunday, it should all make official the end of the Mike Glennon era.

  19. BoJim Says:

    Espo Said:

    I would really like to see Evans use his head. Imagine what an asset he’ll be when he uses his dominating play making ability without the occasional brain fart.

    He’s a rookie dude. He’s still learning and it appears to be fast.

  20. Nick2 Says:

    I heard Jason light on WDAE yesterday pretty much waffle on Glennon big time. This might actually work out best for us. We snagged Mike Evans who next to Sammy Watkins looks like the 2nd best receiver in this draft and now we maybe get Winston or Mariota to throw to him. Next years offense could be decent if Sims pans out which I think he will. Glennon can go back to holding the clipboard.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    I wanted the Bucs to take him a month before the draft. Even though most mocks were saying that they were going to take him anyways.

    Now let’s go get a REAL QB of the future to compliment him.

  22. Patrick in VA Says:

    Since we’re talking about Evans, I said prior to the draft that it looked like a lot of Manziel’s highlights included him running around like a crazy squirrel and chucking it up in the air and Evans bailing him out. Now Evans is a star in the league and Manziel is on a bench. What are the chances that there’s a similar situation in Tallahassee? I know a lot of Winston’s passes went Benjamin’s way last year and now he’s killing it, for a rookie, in the league.

    I don’t watch college football so I’ll defer to those that do. Could Winston just be benefiting from having a top shelf receiving group to bail him out?

  23. Scott Says:

    This guy had a beast of a game. As a receiver he should have had 250 + yards and 5 TD’s, too bad Glennon had to throw him covered so badly. Glennon’s first pick was a sure TD if thrown anywhere in FRONT of Evans !!!!


    Starting this week, I think Evans and Sims will be our 2 best receivers. I’m sure Sims will get some carries as well, but he’s a homerun hitter from basically anywhere on the field. (And his hands are reliable, so I think he’ll be a go-to guy.) No disrespect to Vdrops, but I think he’ll mainly be a decoy from now on. I’m sure he’ll still have a few targets, but PLEASE stop targeting him on 3rd down. He’s too unreliable.

  25. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    It was clear to me that Evans wanted to impress his old BFF Johnny Manziel when we played Cleveland.
    It is also clear to me that Mike Evans will be a star in the NFL barring injury, for a long time!
    However, that said, my BFF remarked we maybe should have traded the pick we used on Mike Evans, and then maybe drafted Kelvin Benjamin, plus another player we would have certainly got for giving up that pick.

    Does anyone know the differences in stats between Benjamin and Evans ?

    Licht appears to draft well, certainly much better then he picks free agents!

    I also agree with the poster who said that if McClown starts, it will be the end of the Mike Glennon era.

    I think it is too soon to give up on Glennon, and one can only imagine what he would have been like, had he had a legitimate threat like Sims to catch the ball out of the backfield.

    I still think Mike Glennon is going to be a good QB, if given the time to develop.

  26. Brandon Says:

    Espo Says:
    November 4th, 2014 at 7:17 am
    Again, I really hate to be a downer when everything is going so well for us Bucs fans, but I would really like to see Evans use his head. Imagine what an asset he’ll be when he uses his dominating play making ability without the occasional brain fart.

    Dude, he’s a rookie WR, and a very young one at that. Rookie WRs are notorious for their slow transition to the NFL game. I just hope Joe doesn’t jinx him by saying he’ll get better.

  27. pick6 Says:

    if evans stays dedicated he will be even more dangerous and productive than VJax at his best. he still has a ways to go in route running and with legal fighting for position (IMO he was lucky not to be called for more offensive PI fouls), but as long as he continues to work at his craft that is all good news for bucs fans.