“He Wasn’t Very Good”

May 21st, 2015

Evans2One year and one day ago, Joe remembers standing in the sweltering heat of Bucs spring practice when Mike Jenkins soared in the air for an interception a couple yards from Joe.

It was not a special play. Why? Because the intended receiver had pulled up lame with a hamstring injury.

The target was rookie Mike Evans, who Joe observed in earlier drills struggling to run a decent route. His footwork and timing looked like he didn’t belong.

It wasn’t just Joe’s take. Cornerback Johnthan Banks was interviewed for the NFL Network airing of the Top 100 of 2015 program. Banks was part of last night’s segment honoring Evans as the 75th-best player in the league. Banks noted that at the beginning of Bucs camp, “[Evans] wasn’t very good.”

Banks’ comments are a good reminder for Tampa Bay fans seeking instant gratification from Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, the pride of Division III Hobart College.

29 Responses to ““He Wasn’t Very Good””

  1. Another J Says:

    He wasn’t very bad either…

  2. cmurda Says:

    Don’t talk trash about Humphrey Hobart College. That program has churned out stellar athletes with the likes of Ali Marpet, Ali Marpet and the awe-inspiring Ali Marpet.

  3. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I heard dat Another J.

  4. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “Banks’ comments are a good reminder for Tampa Bay fans seeking instant gratification from Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, the pride of Division III Hobart College.”

    Yup, cuz calling a No. 1 overall pick “America’s Quarterback”, a savior, and a franchise QB before he even hits training camp, let alone take his first professional snap, is sure not to drive up expectations, Joe. 😉

    Seriously, I don’t expect much from any of the three, not year 1. Jameis should throw a lot of TD’s with the recievers he has, but may have to throw a lot with lack of protection and run game, resulting in more pressured throws and picks. We’ll see. Just show progress, that’s all I want, not 50 TD’s and 5,000 yards, though that’s fine too.

  5. Architek Says:

    And then talent kicks in and he starts to crush DBs…

  6. Architek Says:

    It’s okay not to expect too much from King Jameis but don’t sleep on him because he’s not Freeman, Glennon, or Mr 2-14 tears.

    This guy is gonna compete and give our offense a swagger.

  7. BucFanForever Says:

    No matter how much you expect from Winston, he is going to expect more from himself than you expect from him. That is why he dominated high school football, college football, and will soon dominate the pros. It will probably take him longer than he thinks it will, but as long as he doesn’t give up on working towards it, it will come.

  8. WS99 Says:

    Banks finished the segment by saying that by the end of the season ME13 was a monster and will be a great player in the league for a very long time.

  9. Espo Says:

    He’s done nothing but win. I hope he figures out how to bounce back after losing.

  10. BuccaneEric Says:

    Maybe the Joes can clue us in on Erik Clean Atheletes Foot 87 Winston Jersey Bet Welching Guys new Username!! Maybe we should start up a donation to get him that Jersey! A dollar a man!?

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Buc up everybody. We SHOULD expect a LOT from these guys. 2nd round OL performing well in the NFL is not a rare occurrence.

    What the mind conceives the body achieves. It’s the power of POSITIVE thinking not spending all summer trying to think of every NEGATIVE possibility.

    Several things can happen. The Bucs could shock and win 10 and make the playoffs. The Bucs could play down to everybody’s “expectations” and win 6-8 or they could suck once again.

    Literally anything is possible. Why should we assume the worst? Fameis looks like the real deal. There are now offensive weapons around him, all we need is for two 2nd round OL draft picks to become “serviceable” not all pro.

    It CAN happen and I’m saying it WILL happen. 10 wins baby!!!

  12. WS99 Says:


    I’m with you brother. Its early we still have time to add pieces before camp and I’m betting money on a 9 win season.

  13. Arealbucsfan Says:

    I cant find that video anywhere

  14. Rob Says:

    “Banks’ comments are a good reminder for Tampa Bay fans seeking instant gratification from Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, the pride of Division III Hobart College.”

    No one in all of Tampa is over-hyping Winston more than Joe. How did he already get labeled as “America’s Quarterback” anyway? Most of America doesn’t like him very much and some large chunk has already decided that he’s a sexual predator, even if there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary.

  15. Dave Pear Says:

    Preach it brother.
    I’ll give you an AMEN!
    No more Stinking Thinking.
    Believe it and Achieve it.

  16. WS99 Says:

    Ray rice’s charges have been dropped. Is he worth a look or nah?

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Mike Evans…..”America’s Not Very Good Wide Reciever”

  18. Kevin Says:

    Also this time last year Joe was drooling over a video of Mike Evans making a one handed grab in practice that got him JACKED for the season to start.

    Don’t worry I was excited as well…

  19. SteveK Says:

    Mike Evans was good enough.

    ASJ, “he wasn’t very good”.

  20. bucsbedabest Says:

    Ray Rice? Why the hell not? Lets not repeat last years team of fertilizer. For the team to be a success this year, for Jameis to be a success, for the OL to be a success, the Bucs MUST have a running game!

  21. Pickgrin Says:

    Winston to Evans is going to be epic for years. Can’t wait to see what these 2 can accomplish together over the next 3-4 years. It’s gonna be special watching them grow together at the NFL level. 2 super talented skill position players. We are FINALLY going to see some offense at RayJay again. Super stoked that L&L lazer beamed on Winston and got us a real quarterback. 2-14 was worth it.

    SPBF – Your optimism is admirable – yet 10 wins is awfully hard to do coming off a 2 win season. Not impossible – but lets just say unlikely. If the Bucs win 7 or 8 games and are competitive and the team improves throughout the year – that would be a realistic thing to hope for. Hope you are right about the 10 wins as that would probably win our division. But until I see a vastly improved OLine play, I’m not going to even dream about playoffs for this year until I see wins and a team playing well – in the regular season.

    Preseason doesn’t mean crap. Who could have even imagined how bad our defense would play when the bullets were flying for real in September last year? Those 1st 6 games or whatever, the defense was just BAD. Really BAD.
    They turned it around and ended the season with vast improvement – But who could have ever thought the Bucs D would be that bad to start the season after 1st teamers looked pretty good in the preseason?

    The mantra all camp and preseason last year was – “The Defense will be fine…”- but when the season started – Wha Wha Whaaaaaa (Zonk noise).

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    How did he already get labeled as “America’s Quarterback” anyway?

    The Joe’s can speak for themselves but here is my best guess. Did you see the movie “Something About Mary”. Remember when Mary/Cameron Diaz kept messing with the Ben Stiller character and when he called her out on it she’d just laugh and say…”Just effin with you”.

    I think the Joe’s are having a good laugh out of all this. It’s their blog and so I laugh with them. The more people beotch about it the more Joe is going to keep it up with “America’s QB”. I think of it like satire or just effin with us.

    I don’t mind the Joe’s funnin with us.

  23. FortMyersDave Says:

    Pickgrin has a point with his guarded optimism and I am in the same boat as far as expectations. 7-9 or 8-8 would be a successful season IMHO especially if the NFC South is again considered the weakest division as that would keep the Bucs in the playoff conversation well into december…. And it is not inconceivable for a team with a talent level that should net them 6 to 8 wins actually use a some lucky bounces and a bit of smoke and mirrors to go 10-6; Rah did it in 2010…. As Pickgrin says: if the O-line improves then the Bucs will also improve but no sense getting too hyped until we actually see the team play in a rewal game….

  24. Seminole Bill Says:

    Don’t rag on Ali just because he comes from a Division III school. Some years ago our starting QB was Randy Hedberg, a graduate of Minot State College, an NAIA school. Randy went on to guide the Bucs to some really memorable losses.

  25. Buc-A-New Says:

    I will not even comment on the content of this article as it is superfluous. I will say What’s UP BUC Nation!!!!

  26. Ray Rice Says:

    Monosyllabically speaking… Da Boy Good!

  27. Danati74 Says:

    I for one am expecting good things from this team. Not great, but hopefully an 8-8 team. I mean he WINston said he planned to go to the SB this year. He wanted to go #1 because he felt he was the best player. The two 2nd rounders should help the line, but in the last couple of years the best taclkes and guards had up and down years so I can’t put too much expectations on them. Winston is suppose to make the players around him better, so Im not asking too much. We are still lacking a bone crushing DE, but our DT’s are stocked. Hoping for an 8-8 season or better. Not a lot to ask for. Do it.

  28. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    So what we are saying? We believe that Luck fella was good enough to take a 2 and 14 team and make a playoff appearance each season there after but not Jamies? Please,stay tune Jamies has the same passion,drive and skill set that dude has. I’m looking for a playoff berth,as a fan of FSU I’ve become familiar with WINSton’s standard for himself,to hell with all of ours. I realize when he had the cahoonas to mention the superbowl in his first appearance in front of NFL mics and cameras he was being serious. Anything less than a berth and I will be some what disappointed. Again”Skull Gang man-1ball 2 blades”..

  29. BucinNC Says:

    Evans was very pedestrian other than a handful of games. I know mcclown was tossing the rock but when the defenses started to key on him he wasn’t able to show he is a true number 1 and consistently create separation. Not trying to be negative because I like the guy and am happy he is a buc, but, I’m just being realistic.