Fourth-Quarter Evans?

October 12th, 2018

Interesting take by Dirk Koetter to the Atlanta media this week.

During a conference call with his old friends in Atlanta, Koetter was asked about Mike Evans.

Naturally, Koetter glowed about his No. 1 wide receiver, and he explained that Evans has reached a new level of fitness that’s allowing him to play at 100 percent nearly every down.

It was a great reminder that the NFL isn’t a Madden game. Receivers aren’t robots programmed with speed ratings and can’t perform like them.

Here’s a chunk of Koetter as transcribed by D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

On the play of Mike Evans. “Mike is one of the top receivers in the league. Mike is really coming into the prime of his career. He’s figured out exactly what his routine should be during the season. How to maximize taking care of his body. Mike is really doing a good job. … This is the best stamina that he’s had in his career. That’s allowed him to run every route at close to full speed. Like Mike Evans is to our offense is what Julio Jones is to (the Falcons’) offense.”

Joe is dialed in to the “best stamina” line and Evans getting close to running at “full speed” consistently. This improvement made Joe wonder whether Koetter and Todd Monken will change how they view Evans as a fourth-quarter receiver.

Also, if you think of a guy like Evans having inconsistent speeds because of fatigue, well, that sure could affect a quarterback’s timing.

26 Responses to “Fourth-Quarter Evans?”

  1. Posey99 Says:

    “well, that sure could affect a quarterback’s timing.”


  2. adam from ny Says:

    i can’t take it i need football…


  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If Bucs have weapons like Evans, DJax and Godwin, and Monken and Jameis throw half the passes to Brate and Humphries, Bucs will be in numerous 3rd down situations where opposing defense will tee off and blitz and that’s where the turnovers happen.
    Use the weapons!

  4. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ Joe
    ” Also if you think of a guy like Evans having inconsistent speeds because
    of fatigue,well that sure could affect a quarterback’s timing”
    This seems like an attempt to blame Jameis ‘s struggles with the deep ball on Evans. I’m not buying it, because there is no question he has also been inconsistent with DJAX . Sorry Joe, IMO, you are overthinking this. Ha! Joe is overthinking? Joe is just stating the obvious. You’re the one overthinking. A guy being a quarter step slower late in a game or inconsistent with speeds, of course that “could” make a difference. It could lead, over the course of a season to catching 52 percent of the balls thrown your way versus 55, for example. Nobody has an answer to what’s happening on every throw. –Joe
    Not only are balls overthrown by Jameis at times, but receivers often have to adjust to passes that are also underthrown or thrown to the wrong side of the receiver on go routes. In the first two games Fitz was throwing the ball where receivers could catch the ball and also get YAC yards. I hope to see the same from Jameis.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Mike Evans is a complete beast…….notice how he takes a fierce hit…..looks like he should go on IR, shakes it off and comes in the next play…..this man is as close to a Superhero as you can get.
    We are so lucky to have him locked up….

  6. dmatt Says:

    I’ll take Godwin over Evans any day. Evans is fragile n often flinches when anticipating a hit. He drop passes that should be caught. He is soft,one demensional, n his skill set is jump ball only. His YAC is awful. Godwin brings durability n tenacity. He gets the extra yards when needed. He’s had one bad game which was against the Steelers. Evans continues to push off n complain which he’s good at. He hurts the team then always apologizes (“I gotta play smarter than that”) during post conference.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Every time I see OBJ on the sideline acting like a petulant child, it makes me appreciate Mike Evans even more.
    I’m biased but to me, Evans is easily one of the top WRs in the league. Now he’s in better shape?! WHAT!!! Good luck DBs!

  8. El_Buc941 Says:

    And can you imagine if he at least improves his speed by half a second?this year it looks like Mike has mastered the double move and he looks alot quicker breaking out of his routes. Can we please get that compliment at RB now?!

    @Joe I read an article yesterday where the Ew-gles are favorites to land bell and if not them the Steelers then Tampa…..OFR A 3RD ROUND PICK!if that’s the case I would take a gamble. Heck we gave NY a 3rd for JPP why would,shouldn’t we do it for Bell? A lot of people on here say he’s a drama queen but the same was said of Desean and look how he turned out.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    @Bob in Valrico … ” Sorry Joe, IMO, you are overthinking this.” LMAO Bob.

    @Joe … “Ha! Joe is overthinking? Joe is just stating the obvious.” LMAO Joe.

    You’re right on Bob; “In the first two games Fitz was throwing the ball where receivers could catch the ball and also get YAC yards.” And on those deep routes Fitz was also getting decent pass protection in those first 2 games, unlike in the last 2 games. Fitz is also a lot more experienced than Jameis in terms of progressions IMO; Fitz did a great job in those games of decision-making AND delivering an accurate ball. Whether Jameis can do equally as well is all part of the ‘interview process’ he’ll be going through for these next 12 games.

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Why settle for 55%
    Improved accuracy and ball placement could quite possible lead to 65 % or even 70% . That said, defenders often get away with grabbing an arm or or jersey
    to slow a a receiver which in IMO is an unfair advantage to the defender and probably would equate to more than a quarter step at times.
    IMO more accurate passes will lead to a greater completion percentage increase
    and more explosives from all our receiving corp.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    dmatt- Um, you have both. Godwin will be the #2 WR eventually. Evans “fragile”?! Are we talking about the same 4 straight 1,000 WR?!

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Very True, Defense Rules
    Fitz has shown the way for Jameis in his first two games. As you put it:
    “great decision making and delivering an accurate ball ” is a necessity for an elite Nfl QB.

  13. dmatt Says:

    Yes I’m talking bout the 4 straight 1,000 yds “stats don’t win u games”WR. I’d like to c him during crunch time,game on the line,last minute of the game, make plays. I was impressed with Godwin during the game winner against the Saints last year. By the way has Evans ever stepped up during crunch time? He’s an good player just not in the ABrown,JJones, JEdelman mode.

  14. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Probably the best player on the Bucs. But he still gets a case of the drops now and then.

  15. Ray Rice Says:

    Savage Mike… Don’t look fragile to me. Top 3 easy.

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    dmatt- You have to have a QB throw you the ball in those situations. And of course he’s not AB, Julio, or AJ Green, or Edelman(?) but look at the QBs throwing to them. Outside of Andy Daulton they’re HOFers.
    I’m not sure I understand your beef with a guy who has produced year in, year out on a pathetic football team.
    He’s a top 5/top 10 WR in this league.
    Lets lament a position that isn’t producing instead. Maybe like the RB?

  17. dmatt Says:

    U didn’t answer my question in earlier post…has Evans ever stepped up to make a play during crunch time? I don’t have beef with him I just feel he’s not a go to guy during crunch time. Yes he can pick up the yards but I would like to c him by the numbers when the game is on the line.

  18. Bucs Nihilist Says:

    Pass interference!!!!! These refs hate us!

  19. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    Alanbucsfan is SPOT ON!

    $crew Humphries and Brate when we have so many better and more talented weapons.

    Brate gets a pass now that OJ’s out Lol

    But Brate and Hump are almost liabilities put there now

  20. Alphabucfan Says:

    Dnatt every TD #13 score is a crunch time play an you calling him out like he hasn’t bin the best an most consistent player we had on offense the past 4 years sure sounds like beef to me. If every player on the team played like him we would never loose a game. Why don’t you put your criticism where it belongs. Thats on the defense an not on our best player.

  21. Sunday_44 Says:

    LOL @ IMO more accurate passes will lead to a greater completion percentage increase.

    DUH. You mean when they ball is thrown TO them they will catch more?

    That’s not an opinion, that’s FACT.

  22. Bucsfanman Says:

    dmatt- To be frank, no I haven’t. But then again, I couldn’t tell you what I had for breakfast either! LOL!
    IMO, Jameis looks for Brate a lot in crunch situations. Overall though, it would be nice to see some guys really stand out for a change. Jameis is going to have to trust his guys. Maybe that’s Mike.
    You have a fair point. We just haven’t been that good in the redzone for a long time.

  23. tickrdr Says:

    Gregg Rosenthal @ has a QB Index stating that “Jameis Winston will take advantage of this opportunity”. There is also a link to every JW3 throw from the Bears’ game.


  24. jmarkbuc Says:


    “Mike Evans is a complete beast…….notice how he takes a fierce hit…..looks like he should go on IR”

    You know, if JW didn’t put the throws where ME had to make a circus catch and expose himself there would be less of that…See: Fitzpatrick…

  25. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ sunday
    Simply trying to point out accuracy and ball placement will result in greater completion percentage than the 3 % gain Joe was suggesting .because
    of possible quarter step slower Mike Evans in the fourth quarter.

  26. BuccoDav Says:

    By that reasoning, wouldn’t a QB’s arm be fatigued too? And maybe not as accurate?