Rookies Hear From Tom Brady, Mike Evans

May 1st, 2020

The Buccaneers’ first four 2020 draft picks were talking last night via an official team video conference.

O.J. Howard might be wondering why these guys are so plugged in with their teammates.

First-round pick manbeast tackle Tristan Wirfs explained that he heard from Tom Brady via Instagram and ignored/didn’t see the message for nearly 24 hours. Wirfs said it left him a bit star struck and his best friend took picture of the message. Ali Marpet also reached out to him, Wirfs said.

Brady also hit up rookie receiver Tyler Johnson “as soon as I got the call” from the Bucs, said the fifth-round pick.

This got rookie RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (3rd round) why he was left out. However, Vaughn said he’s heard plenty from Mike Evans, and Johnson added he’s been chatting with Evans and Chris Godwin.

Safety Antoine Winfield, Jr., (2nd round) said he heard from someone but Joe couldn’t figure out the name. Winfield added that he’s fired up to cover Julio Jones, and Wirfs noted he wants to face his former Iowa teammate in practice, DE/LB Anthony Nelson, Tampa Bay’s fourth-round pick in 2019.

21 Responses to “Rookies Hear From Tom Brady, Mike Evans”

  1. ItzOK Says:

    I want to hear the crowd @ Ray Jay after Brady makes a 4th qtr comeback. Fans in the stands I dont have season tickets to sit @ home. FIRE THE CANNONS

  2. BucDan Says:

    This was a great ‘interaction’ with the new young guys on the team. I really feel that all four of our top picks can be major contributors in the upcoming season and hopefully for years to come!

    Wirfs – Definite starter
    Winfield – Most likely will see the field at nickel
    Johnson – Likely to see the filed at slot; better on paper than Scotty Miller and Watson hasn’t shown anything
    Vaughn – RB by committee will have this guy seeing the field

    Solid draft on paper, for sure!

    Go Bucs!

  3. Says:

    We just need a quality backup QB. Go get Fitz!

  4. AwShbucs Says:

    One thing to come away with from Tristan Wirfs other than his abundantly clear uber athleticism, the kid is a mauler in the running game. Once he latches on to defenders he takes them for a ride and routinely finishes blocks pancaked on top of his man.

    Plus he is an absolute freight train in the open field and always looking for work. There is a play he had against USC where a DB literally lays down on the ground to avoid colliding with the 320 pounds of destruction headed right for him. Wirfs buries him on the ground and frees the runner up for a TD. Just imagining Wirfs and Gronk leading a convoy downfield makes me giddy with delight.

    Ronald Jones and Keyshawn Vaughn are going to do damage behind these hogs. Which will in turn set up a truly deadly playaction attack enabling the GOAT to carve defense up with ease.

    2021 SB champions. Go Bucs!

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I too am excited for the running game I think we will have, now that the right side of our line has been revamped.

  6. Casual Observer Says:

    That video was terrific to watch. Does Winfield ever stop smiling? Outstanding group of young men.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Winfield was referring to smb. Joe

  8. Youngbucs Says:


  9. Stanglassman Says:

    A WR 5th round pick getting a call from Brady is a tribute to Tylor Johnson’s ability and draft value by and for the Bucs.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I really enjoyed the video…..seemed like these guys have been teammates for years…..
    Very bright guys and all had great personalities…….Vaughn seemed like a quiet beast……
    Winfield will be a leader on defense…..

  11. 123Urout Says:

    I’m really excited for the BUCS this season. Can’t wait for the pre-season workout and practices to start rolling. Good for Tampa and Let’s GO BUCS!

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    I was saying right after the draft that it’s going to be a great thing with Nelson and Wirfs. Both monster’s that were teammates one year apart. I’m excited to see what Nelson may be able to do. Show Wirfs what the atmosphere is like in his rookie year.

  13. Bucsfan1988 Says:

    Joe, Winfield said he spoke to Sean!! He’s talking about Murphy-Bunting here…

  14. DanBucsFan Says:

    wonder if Winston woulda signed here for 1 million? Def better back up than Gabbert IMO

  15. Marine Buc Says:

    I watched this yesterday. I was very disappointed by the idiotic, juvenile, retard questions being asked.

    What’s your favorite food?
    Would you rather fight a giant horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?

    Huh? WTF?

    Not the kind of questions I give a crap about. Seemed like a waste of time TBH.

  16. Marine Buc Says:

    Wirfs and Winfield seem like solid future leaders of this team. K. Vaughn is a funny character but seemed cool.

  17. BucDan Says:

    Marine Buc, not everything is for the adults.

    The team is big on doing things for the kids. No harm done.

  18. AwShbucs Says:

    No surprise that Marine Buc is devoid of appreciation for irreverence. Lmao!

  19. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I laughed pretty hard at that video. Vaughn is either the most laid back dude on the planet or he looks up to snoop dog.

  20. Matt S Says:

    Interesting insight to har from the actions of the new rookies. I think this is a great opportunity for new players to get advice, learn, and develop what life is like on the team. Especially coming from great players such as Brady and Mike Evans. I personally would’ve found great insight/advice from Mike Evans. I saw on this one Buccaneers Facts Page that Mike Evans is one of the two players in NFL history with 1,000+ REC YDS in his 1st 6 season. With that in mind, as a new player in the league, Evans might be the man to seek when trying to create an impact early in one’s career.

  21. TOM Says:

    It would not surprise me if the Bucs traded Evans in a couple of years when & if TB12 calls it quits. I know its a long way off. Hell I’m 70 so I may not even live to see it.