“Game Time” For Mike Evans

September 11th, 2020

A Sunday call.

Today, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians said he won’t know for sure if star receiver Mike Evans will play until Sunday.

Evans practices (some) today for the first time this week. Arians described the call on whether to play Evans or not a “game time decision.”

“He did some individual stuff today,” Arians said. “We will see if he is sore tomorrow.”

Arians added that Evans injured his hamstring in a twisting-type of motion while running a passing route. Arians also noted he doesn’t believe Evans injured the same hamstring that ended his 2019 season prematurely.

As for all of the hamstring injuries to receivers last year, Arians said the team’s sports science research suggested that the team worked out the players too hard early in the season as well as late in the season, when the Bucs lost both Chris Godwin and Evans to hamstrings.

14 Responses to ““Game Time” For Mike Evans”

  1. james west Says:

    my prediction, he will play, if only in a limited roll

  2. Robert Says:

    He won’t last the season, Brady expects “YAC”.

  3. Mitch Says:

    I read it was minor but it was freak type of hamstring injury that continues to “bug” Mike and won’t go away. Just be smart and make sure he can play the season.

  4. Robert Says:

    Evans won’t last the entire season, Brady expects YAC from receivers, Evans too soft.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need Evans….if not only for decoy purposes……he attracts top attention….then we can throw it to all of our other weapons.

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    Sore=no. Okay=limited.

  7. PSL Bob Says:

    He’ll play. I’m sure he’s limited, but BA’s just throwing smoke at NO. Keep them guessing as to how to scheme their defense

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    By far the weakest position of depth on this team is WR (well other than backup QB) and alight did nothing about it over the summer. Hopefully either OJ or Gronk will be that 2nd WR, because I don’t believe at all that Scotty Miller is the answer and Justin Watson, based on his play to end last year, should not have made this team. This team only has 2 NFL level WRs and they just lost one.

    This is huge.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    Better to have him miss 1 game now than multiple games down the stretch.

    Hammies are a beotch and Mike has always had issues with his!

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    He will be active, and I think he will play if he’s not in pain tomorrow. They don’t have to use him to run long fly patterns, posts, etc or do much other than be on the field to draw double coverage. Better yet, keep the Saints in the dark until game time. I think he will magically become “questionable” come tomrrow.

  11. bojim Says:

    If he’s active let play decoy once in a while but don’t hurt him anymore.

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Yes Rod but I think it’s kinda narrow to look just at receivers. If you broaden it and look at pass catchers. You got five proven NFL weapons. With a lot of high skill…..You can even add McCoy to that list and now you got 6……And dont sleep on Scotty, by all accounts he’s had a great camp and could break out on Sunday. Well see but that’s a prospective 7th weapon.

    I dont see lack of strict WR depth being a issue. Tons of different looks we can use without Mike and only 2wrs on the field……Its not like we gotta use our 4th and 5th Wrs. We can add Gronk into the game. We are fine.

  13. Swampbuc Says:

    Evans will play, and to the poster who called Evans “soft” — you obviously don’t know anything about football or the players who make the sport.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – The big issue is last year when we lost Evans and Godwin, you’d have thought they would work OJ and Brate into the gameplan, and yet they didn’t. In those last two games you had Perriman as the ball catcher, no one else was getting open – or if they did they were dropping the ball (Brate and OJ both had huge drops in that Texans game). Personally I thought they should move OJ to WR at the end of the year, and over this offseason as well once they decided not to address the WR spot. OJ has had an outstanding camp, so hopefully that translates to game, but again, Arians has to actually use him for any of it to matter. Good thing however is Gronk, since I assume regardless of what is called, Brady will be looking for Gronk if Miller can’t get open. BUT I do agree, I don’t by itself not having 4th or 5th WRs is an issue this year, the issue is missing one guy means Miller is now #2 and Watson, who I don’t think should be on this team, is #3. However I’m very hopefully Miller lives up to the camp hype. He didn’t look bad last year in his limited plays, but at his size you don’t really expect him to be productive as a starter. But I’ll be happy to be wrong – and I am starting Miller in daily fantasy as a super cheap WR option, so I’m not completely down on him.

    Swampbuc – What I head/read about Evans sounded pretty dire. Anyone calling him soft is a typical low IQ idiot, but you can’t toughguy your way out of a hammy, it means you’re going to be slow and unproductive and greatly extend the length of the injury. I hope he can play, that would be fantastic, but I certainly wouldn’t expect it at the moment. Again, if I’m wrong, then fantastic.