“Huge Offseason” For Mike Evans

November 26th, 2014

johnny png (1)Josh McCown brought this up on his Buccaneers Radio Network show last night, and it was a fantastic point.

McCown, though not an all-time great, has played with many all-time greats and knows Mike Evans’ fantastic development won’t end in when the Bucs close out the 2014 season in a month.

McCown talked about how he was around the early years of Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and others, and McCown stressed that Evans has brought the work ethic and behind-the-scenes passion — so far — necessary to maximize his elite talent.

However, the Bucs’ re-starting quarterback emphasized that Evans must learn how to work year-round because the NFL has evolved into a situation where players — great players — are never really off. McCown called it a “huge offseason” for Evans.

Yes, we all saw the pre-draft video of Evans getting a little crazy outside a South Florida nightclub. Yes, we know Evans is close friends with Johnny Football. Joe has no problem with those things, but it does make one wonder what this offseason might bring for the Bucs’ 21-year-old star.

Joe hopes the kid makes great decisions.

It also makes Joe wonder whether it might be a good idea to keep a guy like McCown or Vincent Jackson around to keep mentoring Jackson.

Evoking the name Michael Clayton, McCown talked about how the NFL has seen many wide receivers splash early only to sink soon afterr.

Lovie Smith’s men have been well behaved this season, and Joe suspects Lovie has set an excellent foundation. But there are no guarantees.

11 Responses to ““Huge Offseason” For Mike Evans”

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    #13 has a good head on his shoulders. He will be fine. He’s always talking about spending time with his daughter on his time off. He’s well grounded. McCown is exactly right though. He needs to work year round. JOE, even though I call you out all the time and challenge almost anything ASJ and Aunt Geraldine I really appreciate having this site to read and get news. I’m from Oakland,Ca born and raised. Still live here. So my BUCS news here is limited you know. HAPPY EARLY THANKSGIVING!

  2. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Keep V-Jax unless you are given a #2 in this draft otherwise restructure and trade before the deadline in 2015. Trade everyone else for draft picks in whatever round. DO NOT PAY FOR OVER PRICED FA. 2014 draft was good I’d give it an A grade if Herron or one of the O-Lineman contributed but this draft gets a B+. L&L need another strong draft for 2015 so they should be scouting possible late round gems right now.

  3. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    The Bucs should be playing Herron right now to see if he can become the punt returner lovie needs or that John Brown/Brandon Cook type of slot receiver. Start Pamphile at LT, move collins to LG, Move Mankins to C, and move EDS to RG and see if that combination works. Maybe some of those FA signings can be salvaged by having different positions, Warhop should be trying this out now.

  4. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Evans and ASJ should work on their quickness off the line and their velocity in the off-season. Calvin Johnson doesn’t have Moss speed but he can accelerate quickly once he gets going and that is what Evans should work on. ASJ should lose a little weight just a little and turn the rest into muscle. Both should work on their route running But ASJ needs to get stronger and work on catching the ball, he has Gronk potential.

  5. RastaMon Says:

    ASJ…Evans needs to bitch slap him….ASJ is a lazy Josh Freeman

  6. deminion Says:

    Ikr give Herron some work he has the spd I don’t recall him gettin any chances for a deep ball

  7. DB55 Says:

    Evans should continue working with Brandon Marshall in the off-season. In addition to the fight video there was also a video of him working out with Marshall as they ran full speed on a treadmill.

    He needs to watch “it’s a football life: jerry rice” to learn how out work the opponents in the offseason.

  8. pick6 Says:

    after the stuff that has emerged about assumed “model citizens” like ray rice and adrian peterson, i’ve given up the idea that i know a player’s character and who the good & bad guys are. all i hope for is that guys keep their head down and work hard, we’ve seen too many rookies regress in this town and it transcends multiple coaches & GMs

  9. RastaMon Says:

    ASJ has lacker character…

  10. Pawel Says:

    ASJ bought GTA V game as he posted week ago on his twitter, that is what he will be playing in the offseason 🙂

  11. Zam Says:

    who’s that little boy in the picture with him?