Targeting Mike Evans

July 27th, 2019

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It confuses the hell out of Joe why the Bucs didn’t target receiver Mike Evans more in the red zone, specifically throwing the former high school basketball star jump balls in the end zone

Evans going up against cornerbacks for a rebound is simply a mismatch in favor of Evans. But the Bucs seemed allergic to such plays in the past. Why?

Well, this mindset could be changing. Consider the statement within a statement from Bucco Bruce Arians yesterday when discussing the practice had by America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jamekis Winston.

“I thought his red zone was really good,” Arians said of Jameis. “He threw a 50-50 ball to Mike [Evans] that wasn’t a very good 50-50 ball. I don’t mind him throwing those to Mike. Mike’s going to come down with his share, but just make it a little bit closer. I liked the thought process of it.”


So Arians likes the idea of throwing jump passes to Evans in the red zone. Hallelujah!

This just seemed to Joe to be common sense football. Perhaps it will help the Bucs score touchdowns in the red zone this season?

That’s one reason the Bucs moved on from Dirk Koetter. His offenses were prolific, albeit if you ignore the troublesome element of not scoring enough touchdowns.

5 Responses to “Targeting Mike Evans”

  1. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    The problem with Evans going 11 feet up in the air to grab a pass is that he has to come down with both feet in bounds.

    Since the rule change, DB’s are coached to just grab his legs and carry him out of bounds.

    Doesn’t seem fair!

  2. Asdf Says:

    “He threw a 50-50 ball to Mike [Evans] that wasn’t a very good 50-50 ball”

    Maybe if he was good at throws like that they would throw them!

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    Last years Bucs offense was the highest scoring and highest yardage in team history.

  4. PriMech54 Says:

    Come on asdf, one 50/50 ball on the first summer camp practice is a synopsis for every ball Jameis has ever thrown to Mike in their entire careers? Christ. The recency bias is lethal around these parts. I can’t even count the amount of times JW has hit ‘ole MikeZilla on a beautiful deep strike, many of them for touchdowns.

    As for the other point of this article, I’ll give one to Dirk for knowing to draw up plays for Cam the Grate inside the 20…….. problem is he conveniently forgot all about OJ Howard and Mike Evans… so it doesn’t really matter.

  5. Lunchbox Says:

    Ok look, I get that you’ve got a lot of content to get out, especially right now during training camp, but EVERY article has spelling errors in it! C’mon Joes, after years unfortunately I expect this from PR, but I expect more from you guys. A little proofreading man!! I know I’m not the only one this bothers.