The Emergence Of Justin Evans

September 25th, 2018


Early in the first quarter when Bucs safety Justin Evans picked off Ben Roethlisberger, Joe heard a fellow scribe say about Evans’ knack for making big plays, “This guy is a Pro Bowler.”

If he isn’t this year, he is sure is building a nice resume. A quick glance at the defensive statistics shows Evans, in his second season in the NFL, is becoming a force.

Evans was all over the field last night. He was tied for the third-most tackles by a Bucs defender with six. Brent Grimes also had six in his first game of the 2018 season.

Evans also had a pass defended. That may not sound like much, but when you factor in Mike Smith’s defense is allowing a league-high 78 percent completion percentage, one pass defended holds weight.

There isn’t much good to discuss about the pass defense other than the Bucs look to have a pass rush this year. But the play of Evans is something the Bucs can be proud of.

26 Responses to “The Emergence Of Justin Evans”

  1. bucsalltheway Says:

    stud…just wish he wasnt so flashy…he’d have more int yards and possible scores

  2. webster Says:

    @ joe

    Where are all the trolls who trashed licht for drafting evans? Trust me, there were many. I remember some of the arm chair gms. I wonder if they are ready to eat crow? If so, i have the hot sauce for them.

  3. DB55 Says:

    The kid is nice (as I see ab run right pass him for a TD) he’s definitely been a pleasant surprise. Good instincts, good athlete, def not horrible.

    Can we talk about Conte? Too soon? Did he embarrass himself so badly he couldn’t finish the game? Bruh! Good riddance!!! Let Whitehead live and learn, next two yrs we set.

  4. WalkdaPlank Says:

    So Joe, Ryan Smith did play?

    He was not on the inactive list but was not on the “dressed but didn’t play” list either. Didn’t hear or see him all night. Which is a good thing for a DB.

  5. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    Whooooaaa Webster, hold up young fella

  6. German Buc Says:

    Webster, you beat me with that one!

  7. Mike10 Says:

    So we’re just going to ignore Conte getting absolutely BEASTED on last night

  8. D the Bucs fan Says:

    Just read ira’s 10 takeaways. Noah spence was active and didnt get not one snap tonight. What is going on man? U saying he couldn’t rush ben for one freakin series?

  9. Joe Says:

    So Joe, Ryan Smith did play?

    In the “gamebook” Joe can’t find that he took any snaps on defense.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    That’s why Ryan Smith looked so good! He wasn’t on the field. Amazing, that was the best game of his life. Not kidding.

  11. adam from ny Says:

    conte should just retire after that…he’ll be lucky if the wifey didn’t have the locks changed by halftime

  12. adam from ny Says:

    i heard mccoy say sorry to big ben…

    then he whispered in his ear…

    “ben if you’re feeling banged up at all, come to my comic book man-cave and i will rub tiger balm all over you”

  13. adam from ny Says:

    i think we go into chicago and win 30-17…yes we put up 30 on that defense…

    conte has the game of his life vs. his old team…and we all love him again…

    and geraldini has 2 sacks and offers up zero tiger balm situationals 🙂

  14. adam from ny Says:

    peyton barber does not look like the decisive back he was in pre-season…get lev bell…not sure mike smith can straighten out this floppy defense

  15. adam from ny Says:

    if bitch blofitzsky puts up heavy points on our d next week in chicago mike smith is in deep doo

  16. NJBucsFan Says:

    Good player. Will take the next ste lining up next to Ear Thomas….GO GET THOMAS!!!

  17. NJBucsFan Says:


  18. feelthepewterpower Says:

    For the love of the Buccs…can we stop playing off coverage?

  19. Hodad Says:

    After playing his best game Smith was replaced by an over the hill, over paid, can’t tackle anymore Grimes. If Brent plays any further from his receiver he’ll be in the coaches box next to Smith. Keotter, Conte isn’t as bad as the fans think he is. You’re right coach he’s worse. Our running game sucks! If only we had used a 2nd round pick on a good young back. What, we did? Play him already!

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Justin Evans has fantastic instincts that put him around the ball constantly….he has guickness and tackles better…..he will be one of the great players on our defense going forward……
    May be the only proof that Licht can draft a second rounder….
    Here is hoping that Rojo, MJ & Carlon are added to that list.

  21. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Funny how bad the 2017 defense was & this year it will be nfl history worse, hope evans is consistant, but only he & jpp deserve any attaboys on that titanic of a defense

  22. diggler Says:

    Don’t defend Grimes he was AWFUL all game. Davis needs to start.

  23. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Last year I was concerned about some angles he took , but he has proved me wrong this year. He is always around the ball and his tackle near the goal line last week shows he is capable of fearless run defense.

  24. Not there yet Says:

    No it doesn’t sound like much at all. It was a nice pick same thing he did last year in a loss to the patriots last year. He spent the rest of the night getting roasted and everyone was a step to slow. He hasn’t emerged, your talking like he strikes fear in the heart of offenses and he hasn’t emerged into anything yet. Don’t get how someone can make one play a game and be called a pro bowler

  25. Destinjohnny Says:

    He will make some splash play but if u look behind the curtain he takes a lot of bad angles on plays

  26. Brandon Says:

    webster Says:
    September 25th, 2018 at 2:53 am
    @ joe

    Where are all the trolls who trashed licht for drafting evans? Trust me, there were many. I remember some of the arm chair gms. I wonder if they are ready to eat crow? If so, i have the hot sauce for them.


    Well, if you Buc Fan Boys had watched 10 minutes of college tape on Evans you would have been worried too. The dude couldn’t tackle somebody’s grandmother in college. He was literally the WORST tackling safety prospect i had ever seen coming out of college. Athletically, I was impressed, against the pass, he was very good, instinctually, he looked excellent, but he passed up contact or just completely whiffed or missed tackles way too often. He’s still probably a below average tackler, which is a huge improvement over where he was coming out of college.