Did Mike Evans Turn Corner?

December 20th, 2015
Has WR Mike Evans recovered fro the dropsies? (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

Has WR Mike Evans recovered from the dropsies? (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com)

No question this Bucs offense misses the services of Vincent Jackson. When he is out, the passing game suffers.

However, against the Rams Thursday night, Mike Evans was targeted 17 times and had nine catches for 157 yards. For an average, that was 17 yards a catch.

Evans was targeted nearly three times as much Adam Humphries and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who were thrown to six times each.

Joe has to wonder if putting up those numbers against a punishing defense like the Rams’ means Evans has turned the corner for the season, albeit a bit too late?

17 Responses to “Did Mike Evans Turn Corner?”

  1. LargoBuc Says:

    Evans and Jameis bring a certain demeanor, a certain swagger, say what you will but these guys play with passion and fire. And they are both still so young! Just wait til they’re 24,25 they’ll have this league figured out.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Did all this “swagger” come in the 4th quarter when the game was out of hand???

    Look, the real story needs to be that the O-line was Manhandled in pass protection, not who might of turned the corner during garbage time or if someone was to excited to do their job effectively in the first half!!!

  3. Ed Says:

    The Rams were so much more physical. Unless you have guys with the mentality of Lynch, Sapp, Brooks and Barber the Lovie/Dungy D is simply fast without any intimidation. Receivers can run 5 yard slants and have a free 5-7 yards of daylight. Where is the fly to the ball hawking? How can a your defense be good on first and second down but anything 3rd down and 10 feels like a gimme for the other offenses?

    All season this D has been softer than a ply tissue.

    Would gladly trade the speed and “get off” of McCoy and David for physical players like Urlacher was and Clay Matthews is.

    The Bucs can’t tackle either. The 95 yard kickoff return and the Austin end around were muffed by missed tackles. The so-called “fundamentals” of the team are totally lacking. Their practice habits must be horrible because the mental and tackling errors are too glaring to be solely talent based.

  4. ndog Says:

    Oh my goodness a post by Realist that does not rip you know who. This has to be a Christmas miracle!

  5. destro44 Says:

    Evans is a good reciever, but we need a compliment, its why VJax is missed so much. If you look at the interception, the db new like everyone else the ball was going to Evans. Even Megatron cant do it without help.

  6. Strider.... Sec 146 Says:

    I think missing Kwon has just killed the defense

  7. Pawel Says:

    Also, some throws were over his head. But how come he never had a chance for jump balls? Mccown did it every time. And i want to see more uptempo offense.

  8. Howard Cosell Says:

    Evans is badarse.
    So is Martin.
    Sims is pretty good too.
    Humpheries is an excellent #3.
    Vjax is epic when he plays. I’d almost say crucial.
    Brate has had some moments.
    The O-line is always good in run blocking. In pass protection they’re either really good or really bad depending on the opponent. They need to be really good all the time.

    These forces on the team need to really step up and take a lead.

  9. BucwilD71 Says:

    Ed says has several valid point. Evans has 3x the passes as he drops 2x as many as the other wide receivers. Mccoy lacks the sooner grit that made him a first round pick. He can’t be a menace one week then disappear for weeks. Not worth the 98 million, he signed. The old o-line members block someone in pass protection. Lovie has to re-evaluate the whole tampa 2 defense was good in the day needs to be updated with a defensive coordinator that will hold these bucs accountable , or do what’s necessary for the team to survive. Up to and including being CUT… winning clubs don’t do what the bucs have done all year, be selfish and put themselves before the team. Thus a 6-8 record when clearly bad coaching , selfish divas and lack of heart the bucs would be in playoffs. Has to be said even if fake fans are blind and think 6-6 is spectacular.

  10. Bryce Says:

    We need to draft a solid #2 receiver to replace VJAX to take pressure off of Evans Adam Humphries has proven to be a reliable #3

  11. godzilla13 Says:

    Mike Evans was targeted 17 times with 9 receptions for 157 yards. Evans was targeted 5 times in the 4th (garbage time) with 4 receptions. My point is that his “swagger” was during the entire game. I was thinking of Evans when Odell Beckham Jr. dropped the for sure TD pass in the Panthers game today. Then watching Josh Norman complain to the referees. It is unbelievable to think of what his stats would be without the drops and OPI penalties? I am guessing between 500 and 700 yards? There were a whole bunch of deep balls which were dropped or OPI. Mike Evans is going to be great and all this negative stuff will be forgotten forever.

  12. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Watching OBJ act like a b1tch today made me soooo glad that we took ME. I can handle ME getting mad or sticking up 4 his QB. But u can’t act like OBJ did today. He has some big fines and maybe a suspension coming his way.

  13. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Don’t draft a wr. Sign Marvin Jones or muhammad Sannu from cinnci in free agency

  14. cometowin2 Says:

    Really looking forward to see how Evans handlesJosh Norman. Norman has been very tough against #1 receivers this year.

  15. Trubucfan22 Says:

    It’s easy to rake in that

  16. BDorry55 Says:

    Antonio Brown caught 16 out of 18 today…Evans has not turned any corner. Let’s see some consistency first.

  17. pick6 Says:

    i think it reminds us all that we would be stupid to just give up on the guy and that he is not the bum some bucs fans make him out to be. drops are a big big issue, but yesterday with no bucs game on i watched alot of other teams. i saw the messiah odell beckham drop balls and be completely out of sorts. i saw demaryius thomas drop balls. i saw dez drop a ball. mike evans is not hopeless, he’s a second year wideout without much HS experience and he is already demolishing defenses on occasion despite his drops