“Concentration Drops” And Mike Evans

December 26th, 2019

With six consecutive seasons of 1,000+ yards receiving and a whopping 17.3 yards per catch in 2019, it’s hard to quibble with the play of Mike Evans.

But there’s one man certainly qualified to critique Evans harshly.

That would be Evans himself.

“I can limit some of the concentration drops I’ll have once every few games,” Evans told Buccaneers Radio this week. “Like I’ll be wide open and drop it trying to run before I catch. And yards after catch, I can be a little better in that aspect. Just looking to improve each year on that, and getting in and out of my breaks. You know, I’ve been improving each year. You know, I can feel it. The numbers show a little bit that I’ve been getting a little bit better. I just look forward to improving next year and I can’t wait for next season.”

As JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman always says, there’s no diva in Evans, or in Chris Godwin.

It’s so refreshing. Joe remembers talking to Evans a couple years ago about how he was eager to work with a track coach because he wanted to run more like DeSean Jackson did.

Evans turns 27 before next season. He’s in his prime. Joe sure hopes Evans doesn’t become another standout Buccaneer to never sniff a playoff game.

21 Responses to ““Concentration Drops” And Mike Evans”

  1. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Some players play only for the money. Imo Evans and Godwin truly want to be great and seem to love the game.

  2. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Gotta love it!!


    I still love when he said Godwin is a #1wr n the reporter said ur the #1wr n he said so is he, now yall dont go tryin to start nothin n smiled n walked away. Class act young man

  4. Slugglife Says:

    Some games it’s ME, some games it’s CG. Some games it’s both.

    And neither complains. Gotta love them.

  5. Gambino Says:

    Class Act!

  6. #1bucfan Says:

    Tru pro. Godwin the same. Glad we have them. Now Jason sign Godwin quickly an Barrett an the rest of the defense. An get winstons eyes checked an make sure next season he’s throwing the ball to our team lol

  7. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Good picture for the headline Joe. Evens and Watson are the same exact height but you can tell that Evens arms are about 5” to 6” longer than Watson’s. Much better catch radius.

  8. Brandon Says:

    #1, how much time do you actually save by writing “an” instead of “and” or did you not know that there’s a difference?

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When you see the antics from WRs like Odell Bechkam Jr. then compare to Evans and Godwin, you have a clear understanding of how fortunate we are.

  10. Slugglife Says:

    Hey Brandon,that does look pretty intentional huh?

    Public schools and their unions rock!

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    I was a little bit worried about Evans when we drafted him when it came to character because of that scuffle he got into at the night club right after the draft. Well that and being so tight with Manzel just the WR position in general. I’m glad I was concerned for nothing. I have a feeling we should all thank his smart & beautiful wife he has I believe she help him grow up a lot.

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    ME13 is a true professional…..

    would BA and licht take 2 1st rounders and 2 2nd rounders from the PATS for him?…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. whats the bucs plan 2020 Says:




  14. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Proudbucs – that isn’t Justin Watson chief.

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    We do really have great WRs on this roster. If we just had an average running game, the offense even with Winston, would be unstoppable. Only the Bucs beating themselves would stop em.

  16. Craig Says:

    Evans would do better with a more consistent QB. He is not built to adjust to passes like Jameis throws, the kind that are just off the mark. Too high, too low, too close or the wrong shoulder, Jameis needs consistency in all parts of his game.

    If he is re-signed I hope he gets some help from a qualified person. His mechanics suck and that means his accuracy will never be good. He needs a attitude like Evans has. One that needs to improve all the time.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Don’t worry Joe next season is when a lot of deserving players finally get to taste the post season.

    ME13 and LVD are the two most deserving guys although Dot has certainly paid his dues with this franchise…but Dot was just a competent NFL player and good guy…ME and LVD are stars who go largely unrecognized nationally because of our losing ways.

  18. lambchop Says:


    The Bucs already have a TON of people to babysit Winston. Tom Moore, Clyde Christensen, Byron, Bruce, and probably a few more I failed to mention. If he doesn’t put together a solid season next year with a solid defense (as long as they keep it together) with another year in the new system, the writing is on the wall man. That’s why I only see a 1 year deal for Winston. There are just too many unanswered question marks to lock him up LT.

  19. pick6 Says:

    Evans has built his game up so purposefully. He was newer than most draft picks to both the sport and his position and has built himself from an elite talent to an elite football player. He hung around Randy Moss early and often, then worked like a madman on his hands after a drop-filled sophmore year, talked openly about becoming a less emotional\reactive player (and did it), then worked on speed….and yeah he can improve in RAC but i have to say this has been his best year in that category and more evidence he’s investing lots of time into finding new levels of his game. what an example of dedication to one’s craft he has turned out to be…he could go down as one of the all-time great workers at WR alongside dudes like Larry Fitz and Jerry Rice

  20. pick6 Says:

    @craig, evans is built exactly for that kind of stuff. the whole purpose of having mike evans on your team is to use his size and body control to throw balls that only mike evans can get. he’s not running himself wide open like antonio brown or michael thomas might

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Evans is a class act all the way.

    I remember when most around here wanted to run him out of town for having the audacity to take a knee. LOL.

    He has really improved his route running over the years. And he’s spot on about those concentration drops- they seem to come when he’s the most open! Go figure.

    I’m excited to watch him and Godwin tear it up for years! Our defense is coming together as well… that was a hell of a game they played on Sunday.

    Now if we could get our o-line and QB to play consistently… we’d be unstoppable.