Was The Plan To Avoid Mike Evans?

November 13th, 2016

MikeEvans2Updated 6:13 p.m.: Joe’s trying to make sense of the Bucs only throwing once to Mike Evans in the first half today, a completion that was nullified by a penalty.

Coming off a concussion in the Bucs’ last game, Evans was ready to play. But perhaps the Bucs wanted to avoid having him get his usual healthy diet of opportunities.

That would make sense, if Tampa Bay wanted to avoid Evans taking shots to the head.

Last year, when Evans debuted in Week 2 following an injury, he only had three balls thrown his way in a win against the Saints. On his former radio show, Evans said he was more of a decoy in that game.

Evans was more of a decoy today until he got on the back end of the incredible backyard football scramble and throw by America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Joe’s not complaining. The Bucs won easily, and Evans still finished with four catches for 66 yards on five targets.

UPDATE: Evans told Joe after the game there was no plan to lighten his load. It was just the way the game played out with extensive double-teaming on him and other guys getting open.

17 Responses to “Was The Plan To Avoid Mike Evans?”

  1. dee Says:

    I think they double him all game.

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    dee evans is doubled every game bucs have no weapons that d coordinators fear with the exception of Evans.

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    Its jameis waiting till the 1st round for a reciever

  4. dee Says:

    I know we have no weapons, but you can’t just force the ball to Evans.

  5. DB55 Says:

    Play of the game:

    Highlight: Winston Scrambles, Throws Deep to Mike Evans

  6. Chris Says:

    Beautiful play DB, looked a little like Fran Tarketon

  7. tmaxcon Says:


    nice link… that play reminds me of randal cunningham and i also can see what chris is saying on tark too..

  8. Chris Says:

    Where’s Buc87? Big game from his guy, thought he would be here

  9. Chris Says:

    Well a TMax, I think Randall would have taken off and ran. Tarik would scramble like 30 yrds backwards and throw something liked that. Most entertained I’ve been on a football play since seeing Barry tear us apart back in the day

  10. Shadow man Says:

    Db thanks for that. What a play

  11. celly Says:

    speaking of that play, i feel it was more like the guy most people like to compare JW to…

    Brett Favre…

  12. Brett Says:

    The announcers on TV commented that they couldn’t understand the soft coverage on the tight ends and other receivers. It is very possible the game plan was to avoid him.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I doubt Jameis voted for Trump so he was probably covered and Jameis had pressure early.

  14. jj Says:

    Because Jameis respects our military

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Every single play they rolled a safety on Evans side. It didn’t matter what formation we were in. Jameis did a great job of taking what the defense gave him.

  16. Larry Says:

    Disrespecting veterans on Veteran’s Day weekend? Cut him now!

  17. JMicSoundsNice Says:

    It’s perplexing how much the narrative regarding the Jameis to Mike Evans connection changes each week on this site. Last week it proved to be the only ray of hope in a bad loss. The week before it seemed as if everyone thought Jameis was locking in on him too much. This week he apparently didn’t target him enough. While he did hold on to the ball too long on several occasions, what I saw today was a QB who, overall, took what the defense gave him. That’s progress right?