More Wasted Heroics

November 3rd, 2019

The greatest receiver in Buccaneers history is now on pace for 100 receptions, 1,684 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 2019 season.

It’s a shame that his greatness is being wasted. After this season, it’s likely that at least half of Evans’ career is over. That’s just an NFL reality. Few receivers make it a dozen years.

It seems Bucco Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich have finally figured out that pounding Evans is a good strategy. Dirk Koetter could have told them that months ago.

Last week in Tennessee, the Bucs targeted Evans 12 times but not once in the fourth quarter. Today, Evans was targeted all game long and finished with 16 balls thrown in his direction. He caught 12 for 180 yards and a touchdown.

Sometimes it feels like the only guys who can stop Evans are Bucs coaches. It was great to see him a little more in the slot today and working the entire field.

It’ll be fun to see Evans in Orlando at the Pro Bowl again this season. Unfortunately, he’ll be well rested when the late-January game kicks off.

33 Responses to “More Wasted Heroics”

  1. BucsBandit Says:

    LOL at the “14 interceptions” typo… obviously channeling Winston’s SUCKY play.

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I bet Mike Evans wasn’t part of this clown show of a team

  3. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Cool stat if the day: one team scored more than 34 points today. But yeah Jameis has to go!

  4. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    They were able to get the ball to Mike Evans all game after Perriman got his requisite targets and Miracle Touchdown.

  5. soggy Says:

    off topic but what was the beef between arians and leftwich on the sideline during the game anybody know?

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    You are either preparing for 2-6 or 3-7. Next up..Them AZ Cardinals who have won 3 games with their quick accurate rookie QB. Go get’em Bucs. AZ thinks they can win this one. Batter up baby!

  7. Boltsfan17 Says:

    I pity any pro bowl level player forced to be a part of this disaster of a franchise.

  8. BrianBucs Says:

    Evans helps make Winston look occasionally respectable. Without Evans Winston would look less like Joe Montana and more like Hannah Montana.
    Get snap, throw to 13. Get snap, throw to 13. Get snap, throw to 13. Rinse and repeat.
    Evans with his big body and strength catches a lot of Winston’s inaccurate throws and underthrown jump balls.
    Winston should thank the Football God’s every night that he has Mike Evans to keep him from playing in the CFL.

  9. Wesley Says:

    Never feel sorry for a professional athlete. They get paid millions to play a game.

  10. H8JWLveBucs Says:

    Evans a good man because if it was me I would have asked for a trade. Deshawn saw it on the wall and left, next…………….

  11. Pelbuc61 Says:

    Evans made Manziel look good. BTW, the awesome kicker Gay missed another FG that would have won the game.

  12. Tye Says:

    Its intriguing to think what would Evans stats look like if he had played for an accurate QB…
    Many of those over thrown and under thrown balls could have been added to his stats…

  13. MadMax Says:

    Ive been posting here since 2010….love this site….but joes are moderating me a lot all of a sudden….guess i need to back off for a while, my bad….Go Joes!

  14. Craig Says:

    The air when out of the Bucs when Jameis dropped the ball on the ground. Until then it was close. It has to do with jameis not being able to play a whole game. He can play a good half or run up yards between the twenty yard lines, he can’t win a game.

    I can understand his frustration when he drops balls, maybe a QB change would help.

  15. OBP Says:

    We’re gonna turn him into the next Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald, I just know it.

  16. Fire the fans Says:

    Well max maybe if you didn’t sound ridiculous most of the time things would go smoother

  17. 813bucboi Says:


    Imo it seemed like BA wanted BL to stop trying to chew clock and just score….BL listened to BA, scored and left 46sec on the clock and Seattle had I think 2 TOs left…

    BA should’ve let BL run a couple more plays to chew clock…


  18. adam from ny Says:

    he did hit evans in stride once in the second half on a fairly short pass…it was beautiful, and evans seemed almost shocked to be catching and moving in stride…to grab some yac

  19. Wombat Says:

    @Pelbuc61 – the awesome kicker Gay missed another FG that would have won the game.

    Did you see the Pro Bowl kicker from Seattle miss 3, or were you only watching when the Bucs offense was on the field… just wondering??

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Has anyone wondered why we almost never have a WR catch and run for a TD?

    Other teams do it to us all the time.

    The answer to me is that all our receivers (the good ones) are possession receivers and we miss on the deep balls to the others…..not hitting receivers in stride.

    And, yes….Mike Evans is definitely a stud.

  21. Miller5252 Says:

    Hey Joe, where you there for the post game conference? If so did you follow up with Winston we he left the podium about the glass half full answer?? He gets asked if he’s a glass half full guys and Winston say the glass is always full because even if it’s half full with water the rest of the glass is full of air….. I don’t think I’ve ever heard something like that….

  22. mickman Says:

    why does it no surprise me that people after this game are trying to blame winston for this loss. My only assumption is that you are florida Gator fans and not Florida state…Get over it he had a very good game and he was not even close to the reason the Bucs lost. Matter of fact he was the only reason they had a chance it the damn game.

  23. firethecannons Says:

    It is not wasted heroics for Mike Evans or for me or for most Bucs fans. WTF is wrong with Joe–Lol!–you need a vacation from Bucs football. Evans had a great game, it was awesome to watch, he put on a show, he truly has a connection with JW, next year we cannot afford expensive free agent corners and Jameis so we need to pick a QB in the draft. Hope we get someone like Joe Burrows or even Justin Herbert–pass first and run second. Joe make an effort to appreciate Mike Evans as all will change next year and nothing will be what it is now.

  24. firethecannons Says:

    and stop putting me in moderation

  25. cmurda Says:

    All this talk about picking a QB but ummm, it’s our defense that is the glaring weakness. The QB is an issue but why not franchise Winston and build up the team. I only ask that the team is built by a GM worth a tit and that ain’t Licht.

  26. WorstFans Says:

    Jameis gave the game away! He plays Cb/S/Lb and gave those points away, cut him now please and thank you.

  27. lambchop Says:

    “Sometimes it feels like the only guys who can stop Evans are Bucs coaches. It was great to see him a little more in the slot today and working the entire field.”

    Who is this guy writing this stuff?


    James Bradberry and Marshon Lattimore

  28. Allbuccedup Says:

    If Evans goes down so does Winston.

  29. Ed Says:

    You guys that wanna franchise Winston are crazy. Tampa needs a new direction to rid itself of the losers. Most fans want hope that the team will contend for playoffs one day. Winston will have been here 5 seasons and the last quarterback who had them close to the playoffs was Josh Freeman that one season he didn’t throw interceptions. Jameis hasn’t come close to leading the team towards playoffs.

    You can’t sink $25,000,000 of your cap on quarterback with a less than .400 winning percentage. You bring in some faster quarterbacks on rookie contracts and let them compete. Save the money for some offensive linemen and some proven secondary players.

    Draft a proven winner from college with a high pick and draft another quarterback in later rounds. Prescott and Mishou were 4th and 5th round picks.

  30. ATLBuc Says:

    And neither one of them has more playoff wins than Jameis. Maybe Dac has one

  31. unbelievable Says:

    People still blaming Winston for only scoring 34 points?

    Guess our defense gets a pass in giving up 40….

    lol smdh

  32. soggy Says:

    813bucboi Thanks you are probably right, sure looked like they both were Peed off

  33. MadMax Says:

    @firethefans, Yeah, i do get ridiculous at times….a drunk fan mad at his team….but usually i have an informative post or two, and im good with my crystal ball. I dont gamble much, but man, the money i could really make off this team with my predictions the last 4 games!!!!!! (made 100 on the carolina game with a buddy from work)

    BTW, AZ and NO…..loss 7 and 8 coming right up….and thats ok, tank tank tank!

    Who are you btw? never seen you