Justin Evans Return Pushed Back To June 1

February 25th, 2020

It’s really not worth investing much thought into the Bucs future of safety Justin Evans, Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Today Bucco Bruce Arians said Evans’ timetable for return was pushed back — again — to June 1. The head coach told Joe and assembled media at the NFL Scouting Combine that Evans is running in a pool and making good progress.

But Arians said he hoped Evans would be ready for OTAs.

What can Joe say? Evans missed all last season and also battled injuries in 2018. He’s had multiple surgeries on his wheels and a variety of ailments.

This is the final year of Evans’ rookie contract and he shouldn’t be counted on, though Joe wishes Evans well and has no problem hoping he becomes a unique comeback story.

36 Responses to “Justin Evans Return Pushed Back To June 1”

  1. Wesley Says:

    This is a shame, but I won’t give up on him.

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    Kinda sad. I thought this guy would be smart and just..sail off into the sunset. Instead, he wants to be even further hobbled after pro football. The smart ones count their losses and get on with their lives. This guy has been through a lot.

  3. Tom S. Says:

    Good thing we didn’t trade up for Dalvin Cook in Rd 2 amiright? #BestGM

  4. mike10 Says:

    We haven’t had this kind of luck since Brian Price.. but now 2 (promising) guys in as many years not able to return to the field after potential career ending injuries: Beckwith and now Evans.

  5. Colorado Says:


  6. Bird Says:

    Did he even play an entire season ?

    May be time to cut bait
    Cant depend on him to be healthy

  7. WhatTheBuc Says:

    He started his career off slowly but showed a nose for the football in year 1. If he can come back, he could be good in Bowles D.

  8. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Tom, funny that you compare Evans to Cook. Cook is good but is literally the only player from that draft to miss more time than Justin Evans.

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh sure Tom….

    That Dalvin Cook is way more durable.
    Hasn’t missed a game yet right?

  10. Jean Lafitte Says:

    He’s never going to be the same. All those injuries and surgeries must have a residual affect on his performance going forward. He may never play with the same intensity in fear of future injuries to the same medically repaired injuries. He’s definitely not JPP.

  11. NPRSageBoy. Says:

    Here’s a recap of Buc news from the combine:

    BA not sold on JayMiss.

    Bucs want to resign all their FAs

    Justin Evans Buc career probably over.

    Really? That’s it?

    Neither BA or Licht have spoken to media since season ended and this is all we get?

    Don’t hold your breath Buc fans; the cluster that is the Buc brain trust is still intact.

    Time to buy Viper tickets

    Peace, out

  12. LordCornelius Says:

    Wtf are his injuries even?

  13. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    The Carl Nicks curse strikes again.

  14. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Daily reminder the dalvin cook shills are FSU homers attempting to cling on to the glory years of their down trodden program.

    Hell for all we know cook could be out of football right now like Evans with how many injuries he has had.

  15. catcard202 Says:

    Cut bait & run come June…

  16. geno711 Says:

    NPRSageBoy. Says:
    February 25th, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    Here’s a recap of Buc news from the combine:
    BA not sold on JayMiss.
    Bucs want to resign all their FAs
    Justin Evans Buc career probably over.
    Really? That’s it?

    Here is some other stuff that came out:
    BA likes Brady and Rivers
    OJ Howard likely to get 5th year option picked up in April.
    Brate not likely to stay at 6 million per year.
    Shaq Barrett is not a 1 year wonder (i.e. Unicorn) to Buc’s brass. They want him for longer term.
    BA always wants running backs that also excel in catching the ball as well.
    Suh has expressed interest in staying in Tampa next year and Jason says Bucs want him back.
    BA says that he sees 6 elite offensive lineman in this draft.
    Perriman will definitely not be back.

  17. Buczilla Says:

    I wish this kid the best but he (at least for now) is another mistake on Licht’s long list of mistakes. In fairness to Licht, 2019 is looking like it could go down as one of the Buc’s best offseasons ever. Hopefully the trend continues this year.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    One thing I don’t understand Joe is why these ‘extended injuries’ count against the Bucs’ salary Cap. Right now the Bucs have 51 players under contract … including Beckwith ($934,572) and Justin Evans ($1,654,323). That’s about $2.5 mil for 2 guys who missed ALL of 2019.

    Admittedly it’s not a huge amount of money, but it was about the same last year. Bucs could’ve used that $2.5 mil to strengthen our Safety pool for instance. Or our OLine depth. Seems like teams get penalized for being ‘good guys’ in paying the injured player while he rehabs long-term. Why doesn’t the NFL just ‘write it off’ if the injury persists for an entire year & not count it against the salary Cap?

  19. unbelievable Says:

    Some injuries just never heal right.

    Can’t blame him for that, I’m sure he was doing everything he was supposed to with regards to rehab.

    Wish him the best, but we need to be looking at other options.

  20. SB Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    February 25th, 2020 at 5:29 pm
    Oh sure Tom….

    That Dalvin Cook is way more durable.
    Hasn’t missed a game yet right?



  21. JayMissEyes Says:

    It doesn’t matter. NFL is a business and the best ability is a players availability. I’m not so concerned for beckwith because he has shown signs of talent. Evans on the other hand has only shown how good he looks in a floppy hat and a boot. We have wasted precious resources on this player who has yet to show any sign of Improvement since we signed him. He needs to go.

  22. Craig Says:

    Dalvin Cook doesn’t matter at all in this story.

    The Bucs need to draft a safety. Trade down in 1st round, get an extra2nd round pick. Draft McKinney or Delpit, though a few others seem to have some things to prove.

    2nd round Fromm and the best running back still on the board.

  23. SappAttack Says:

    Licht’s second round picks have to be the worst in NFL history, for any franchise.

  24. Wesley Says:

    Man a lot of you give J.W. a chance after chance after chance, why no one else on this team?

  25. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    He came into my restaurant last year when maybe the day of when he went on IR dude eyes were bloodshot idk “when was the last time you were high” lol 😂

    Extend jameis

  26. firethecannons Says:

    This situation is what the NFL draft is for, moving on already, maybe he’ll heal up, stop the madness with this kid, give him an injury settlement

  27. BucEmUp Says:

    This guy obviously can’t stay healthy for anything

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    No problem at all drafting S Xavier McKinney in the first round. We have a good dline and LB corp. Could be big addition to Bowels up and coming young secondary.

  29. Coburn Says:

    Sounds like we should draft a safety at some point and cut our losses with this guy. Shane I had high hopes before all the injuries

  30. MadMax Says:

    This has me coming back around to drafting Delpit. Xavier is mainly a Strong and we need a Free, which Delpit plays best. His knocks are when he’s in the box and doesnt tackle big guys. But watch him free range. His instincts are top notch and he closes fast on the ball. He was a top 10 pick early in the season but now many have him falling to the bottom of the first. Thats great for us!

    According to what we do at QB (give me Gordon in the 3rd), I would love to trade down 2 times and grab Delpit mid 20’s. That’ll give us room to get another D lineman (marlon davidson), a RB (dobbins/moss), RT (bartch) another WR (chase claypool) and maybe a little more depth at RB/OT …lsu rb clyde edwards….and texas tech rt terence steele.

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    Too bad. Evans showed great promise and a nose for the football.

    Can’t blame poor drafting. Sometimes s#!t happens in a violent game.

  32. Matt Says:

    Mike10 nailed it! Well I would say maybe our bad 2nd round luck started with Arron Sears lol then Dexter Jackson. Man Brian Price looked great the one year he played in limited time.

    Evans can play when he’s healthy! If anything he can come on strong late in the season, we can sign him cheap. I just worry that he’s been out of football so long that he’ll never be able to relinquish his old form. Hopefully he’s watching lots of film and going mental reps. Someone get him Laron Landry’s number 😂

    Cichy was coming on strong too before his injury! Beckwith was going to give us the best LB core in the NFL. We need to just trade all our 2nd round picks for 3s and 4s and we’ll be Super Bowl contenders every year.

  33. adam from ny Says:

    something is still very off here…no one will define any of his injuries, exact surgeries, nothing…it’s like a bunch of mystery injuries…

    or is under that huge air cast a leg full of msra ?

  34. adam from ny Says:

    like when was he even injured?…let’s see the play…i don’t recall anything…

    this is like the twilight zone, with evans…there’s gotta be some evidence of something…

    a doctor talking about his recovery…

    something…which high profile doctors did multiple surgeries???..


    did he go to that big time doctor…andrews for second opinions???

    why not???…

    this is crazy already…

    all you guys chime in about this as if you know…

    well then detail what is wrong with him and what has happened from beginning until now…

    something is very very off here with evans – for years now

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    Foot injuries, whether bones or connective tissue, can be a real problem because of the leveraged forces exerted, and more reduced blood flow to the area slowing the healing process.

    I suspect Evans’s injuries are freaks.

  36. cmurda Says:


    Also, keep in mind that hindsight is 20/20.


    Why would you bring up Dalvin Cook drafted 9 slots ahead of Evans and has been incredibly injury prone when you could have talked about both Juju or Kamara who were picked well after Evans?

    All I will say is there is a long list of guys you will never know about that were picked in between all of these guys. It happens. There weren’t a whole lot of detractors at the time Evans was picked. Playing the what if game is sheer ignorance.