“That’s My Job”

October 5th, 2020

Joe wants Bucs fans to remember what Mike Evans accomplished yesterday, and it’s not about Evans catching his fifth touchdown pass of the young season.

Entering the Bucs-Chargers game nursing a not-yet-100-percent hamstring, Evans left the field in the first quarter hobbling after TV cameras caught him in pain on the sidelines.

But Evans reappeared from the bowels of the stadium and, still visibly wounded, turned in a 7-catch, 122-yard performance on eight targets. This time it wasn’t the hamstring, it was a fresh ankle injury.

“That’s my job,” Evans said of playing through the pain. “I get paid to play football and if I’m eligible to be out there, then I’m going to be out there. My team needed me. [I] went to the back, the trainer taped me up, my boy Bobby, and got me right. Came back out. Played.”

The quotes were nice, but it was more about the way Evans said them. It was like he was saying without fanfare that he’ll play under any circumstances and put his body on the line at all times. Joe will dare say that mentality over the years has rubbed off on Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller.

For Joe, Evans truly is on a Hall of Fame career track and Sunday’s win was one of those games that should cement Evans as an all-time great, whether he ends up in the Hall one day or not.

Will Evans be well enough to play Thursday? Joe wouldn’t bet a nickel against it happening.

25 Responses to ““That’s My Job””

  1. Evo2706 Says:

    Godzilla!!!! Thanks Mike! Thanks for your passion!

  2. Shoulda_Drafted_QB Says:

    Mike Evans GOAT 🐐 BUCS WR

  3. james west Says:

    HOF fo sho, thanx mike u da man

  4. Jeagan1999 Says:

    The GOAT and the BEAST….great combination!

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “Joe will dare say that mentality over the years has rubbed off on Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller.”

    I wouldn’t say that. Mike Evans is a beast, and extremely tough and dedicated, no question. I’m glad he’s on our team. But Godwin came in as his own guy, his own mentality, and is head and shoulders over Mike Evans when it comes to being a sportsman and professional in general. As for Scotty Miller, here is a guy who was hanging by a thread to and to into the NFL at all is a minor miracle as is, and clawed for everything he’s getting. Not staying Mike Evans didn’t help, but I look to Godwin and Tom Brady as better examples and passing the kind of mentality of what to be.

  6. Smashsquatch Says:

    I’m sure you had your boy Bobby do more than tape you up to get you right. A little shot of novocaine surely did the trick. You’ll pay the price today, getting up out of bed will not be fun today! Thank you for your sacrifice Mike, that’s what warriors do.

  7. Bobby M. Says:

    Evans is a fierce competitor…..I believe he’ll play and be effective. He’s an exceptional possession receiver with deep ball ability. He’s like a mix of Randy Moss and Keyshawn Johnson. Physically gifted but exceptionally crafty.

  8. BringBucsBack Says:

    He must become mentally stronger so as to avoid these Jameis-este tantrums. He should be too good to be bated by DBs. Maybe some of the “iffy” push-offs get ignored then.

  9. adam from ny Says:

    game ball for mike yesterday…

    toughing it out big time with a bad taped ankle…

    and a shot of north dallas 40 of course…

    hope he’s good to go thursday…

    no cg14 and no me13 would be real bad…w/ no howard…

    that would make our little accent piece, sm10, our number one receiver in chicago…yikes

  10. Ron says Says:

    That is a win of character, I was very impressed with the whole team. I hope they have a contingency plan without Mike this Thursday as the turn around time is too short and the muscle will tighten and be very vulnerable. Hopefully we will be able to plan with the receivers available and get Fournette back in the mix. This is definitely a game that should be coached much more with a controlling offense and take the shots when available as everyone is going to be tight so by slowing the pace you can lull a defense into traps and use our speed effectively.

  11. tampabaybucfan Says:

    What a warrior…….

  12. Roy T. Buford Says:

    the Bucs did a lot yesterday to perhaps convey their “identity.”

    This is a team where the O, D, and ST complement each other; despite mounting injuries and early mistakes, they come together behind their leaders and find a way to win.

  13. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Love ME. I wish he would learn to keep his emotions in check, but no matter, LOVE HIM! What a warrior.

  14. Bird Says:

    Got 2 jerseys of current players-

    Mike evans
    Lavonte david

    And not a big jersey guy either but thats respect

  15. PSL Bob Says:

    Bird, wore my new Evans jersey for the first time yesterday. As the first half wore on, I thought I had jinxed not only Evans but the team. But, it all worked out well. Not only did Evans play well, he did it playing through pain. A real warrior!

  16. Buc50 Says:

    Remember when people here wanted to trade ME…good times

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    great come back win!!!!!

    ON TO CHI!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  18. orlbucfan Says:

    ME13 and Ungodly are bros and friends. You can bet Godwin was at the game, and giving his bro full support. Ungodly is chomping at the bit to return, but I bet ME is telling him to chill and get healed.

  19. rriddler Says:

    I love having Evans on the Bucs, but he’s got to learn to control his temper and not make dumb penalties after the play.

  20. firethecannons Says:

    Evans will play, just hydrate extra and keep the tape handy

  21. pick6 Says:

    without the threat of mike, the chargers shut this offense down. just his willingness to be on the field made this comeback possible, even when the ball wasn’t going to him

  22. #1bucfan Says:

    He’s a beast. Personally I’m picking ME13 over any other WR in the league call me crazy lol but seriously he’s got to get his temper under better control that’s prob only ding on him.

  23. teacherman777 Says:

    Thank Goddess we didnt take Johnny Manziel!

  24. unbelievable Says:

    We are just damn lucky to have two legit #1 WRs, and neither of them are divas.

    And LOL at the person yesterday who said Mike was a drama queen.

    Is he emotional? Yes he sure is. And so are most of the great ones. He’s sick and tired of this team being trash and it shows. The fact that he gutted out that huge performance while clearly nursing 2 different injuries only cements that notion.

  25. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Wish we had a earlier bye week, this team is banged up. They need rest!!!