Programming Justin Evans

August 25th, 2019
(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Crash course with new defense. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Prior to today, the last time Justin Evans was on a football field, he was part of one of football’s most horrific defenses.

A lot has changed since. New head coach. New defensive coordinator. New teammates in the secondary. Still, all the while, Evans has been leading the floppy hat patrol. He’s had wheel issues since last season and just now is able to practice again like a normal football player.

Installing a new defense and playing in games will be a key for Evans. He’s missed all of underwear football, all of training camp and three preseason games. So today, the day after Evans was activated, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians discussed how important it is to get Evans snaps Thursday night in Dallas.

“It’s important and we’ll see if it’s feasible,” Arians said. “[Evans] went through individual [drills] today [with] no problems. We’ll probably put him in some reps tomorrow and Tuesday and walkthrough Wednesday and see how he travels.

“I’d love to get him in the game just to start getting his eyes trained in this defense, because it’s so different than what he’s played. It’s good to see him out there.”

Joe was starting to wonder if Evans would even make the cutdown to 53 men next week because he has missed so much time. But Arians wants his skills on the field. For the Bucs.

“He’s a freaky athlete and he’s a really heady, smart player,” Arians explained. “You can tell on tape – he gets it, he sees it. He’s out there making all the calls all spring. He knows it, but it’s just different. He went through drills, they were breaking on screens … slid and busted his butt. [It’s] nice to be back.”

With Mike Edwards dinged up with a bad hamstring, and no word on when he will be back, if Evans is physically able to handle it, Joe could see Evans regaining his starting job for the 49ers game to open the season. The way Jordan Whitehead has played, it’s difficult for Joe to imagine he won’t be starting two weeks from today.

27 Responses to “Programming Justin Evans”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Evans & Whitehead……..or Whitehead & Evans… long as Evans has fully recovered….he can get in game shape in two weeks…..

    Wouldn’t make the 53?…….yea…..really?

  2. BucsFan727 Says:

    Whitehead looked good playing single high safety. They still have a ways to go as a secondary but it looked alot better than last year.

  3. Joe Says:

    Wouldn’t make the 53?…….yea…..really?

    When a guy misses nearly eight months due to non-major injuries, a new coaching staff comes in, brand new defense, team drafts at his position, has all the ingredients of an injury settlement or team moving on.

    “Your best ability is your availability.” — Bill Parcells.

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Cool to hear that Evans is almost ready to play.

    Gone quiet on news with David and VitaV. Two weeks before I close and not looking good for them 2. If we don’t hear something soon we can pretty much count them out for week 1.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Two weeks before kickoff**

  6. Joe Says:

    Gone quiet on news with David and VitaV.

    If they are good to go for the 49ers they should be practicing once the roster cuts are done.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not cutting one of Jason Licht’s 2nd round picks…..would put him on IR…..a healthy Justin Evans will make many team’s 53…..

  8. NOSBOS Says:

    😊Vea and LVD not playing week 1. Now that’s funny.

  9. JameisNOT Says:

    The DBs will be fine as long as we can get some push from the DLine.

  10. Destinjohnny Says:

    Justin will make a splash play here and there that will blow u away
    But down in and down out…. the guy is mediocre at best

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Off subject…..but wondering if we will keep 7 LBs………If 6 we will likely cut either Cichy or Bond……..both good ST players……tough decision.

    We will be cutting some good players this week……the upgrades will likely come on the offensive line/depth…..

    We are good at RB, S, CB, LB, WR……Looking for upgrades on Dline/Oline

    Will see some decent players placed on IR to save them for later or next year…..

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    TBBF……Not sure why Bond didn’t play the other night but if he’s got no injury concerns there is no chance he gets cut. He was maybe the best player on the field in the Dolphins game. No way he hasn’t earned a spot on this team. Plus he is an exceptional ST player.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Even freak athletes can get hurt.

    Evans adds a ton more top-quality depth.

    @TBBF: Bond stays no matter what because he got switched to OLB. Cichy may be a question, but there is not a lot of depth at ILB although in theory Bond can play both.

  14. Bob in Valrico Says:

    To add to Cobra’s imfo
    The Bucs really like Bond at OLB, and think he is one best tacklers on the team.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bond……Devonte Bond!!!

    I guess Cichy won’t make it unless we keep 7 LBs……we might because of the new 3-4…..

  16. NOSBOS Says:

    Bond is going no where. BA pointed out last week they finally realized what he was and that’s an outside rusher. That makes for yet another one. And he appears pretty good at it.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … I don’t understand. I was figuring that we’d keep 4 OLBs & 6 ILBs to run the 3-4 defense (Bond, Minter & even Bucannon seem to play some OLB at times).

    o OLB – Barrett, Nassib, Nelson, Spence
    o ILB – LVD, White, Bucannon, Minter, Bond, Cichy

    Who’s the 7th LB you’re thinking of? I think we’ll keep both Bond & Cichy, at least for the early part of the season.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … Mike Edwards is the one who concerns me even more than LVD & Vea. Everyone keeps saying ‘bad hamstring’ but how bad? If it’s really torn up that could take him a good part of the season to recover from.

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    We need him cause d.stewart ain’t special


  20. K2 Says:

    Great news!

    THANK YOU JOE BUCS FAN…for covering the Bucs…not the Colts. (Maybe Jenna is planning to write a book about LUCK.)

  21. Buc4evr Says:

    Speaking of injuries any more info on LVD or JPP?

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Defense

    Miscounted…..easy to do this time of year……there will be some difficulties keeping 4 TEs & 4RBs along with 10 LBs……….perhaps we are saved by the Gabbert injury & the suspension to Ryan Smith…..but there will be some pressure on the roster…..perhaps only 5 WRs for example…

  23. dmatt Says:

    Whitehead is a keeper n starter. My belief is he will score a defensive td before season’s end. He has great instincts n has a nose for the ball. He reminds me of former Buc Tanard Jackson. Whitehead was a former college rb so he’s itching to get in the end zone. He brings aggressiveness to this defense n Todd Bowles is in hog heaven knowing the toys Koetter n MSmith left him to play with.

  24. Buc believer Says:

    Don’t expect Vea to be available until late October early November…. you know as soon as the weather cools off.

  25. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    He will need to be able to play that whole final preseason game to convince BA he’s ready and if he finishes he will be rotation at best with Mike Edwards who has already said he will be ready week 1. I don’t think LVD and JPP return until week 2 at the Panthers. Vea should be ready by week 1 I believe his injury was precaution.

  26. teacherman777 Says:

    Jordan Whitehead was favorite pick. Read the archives.

    He could become an All-Pro FS.

    I really like stacking the box with a Center Fielder playing FS.

    Justin Evans, if healthy, could be a nasty nickle/SS in the box. Hes got long arms and jams WR’s at the line very well. He has long arms.

    I really like our defensive backfield.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … Think I read that Gabbert would be out 6-8 weeks at least. I would think that’d mean they’ll put him on IR with the possibility to return, and go with 2 QBs on the roster (maybe Ryan Griffin will finally get a chance to play in a real game?). Nick Fitzgerald (who they really liked it sounded like) is on the Active NFI list. Who knows, he might be 100% any time now & get placed on the PS to get experience running scout teams, etc. VT Jr can fill that role until he returns.