“An Absolute No-Brainer”

December 28th, 2021

A former Buccaneers pass catcher is pleading to everyone in charge at One Buc Palace to make sure Mike Evans isn’t seen again until the postseason.

Man, the way retired tight end Anthony Becht was talking yesterday morning, Joe legitimately wondered if Becht was about to pick up the phone and call Team Glazer himself.

Becht lives locally but also is well connected with the Jets and is part of their preseason broadcasts. He was adamant on WDAE radio that the Bucs can beat the Jets on Sunday without Evans. And he’s sure the Bucs can take down Carolina without him to close the regular season.

Evans’ hamstring should get all the rest and healing time it needs, Becht ranted.

“When it feels good, you take an extra week,” Becht explained of hamstring injuries.

“To me, it’s a no-brainer. It’s an absolute no-brainer. If he’s on the field for any of those [two final games against the Jets and Panthers], I think it’s a catastrophic mistake. I don’t know the extent of the injury; I just know hamstrings. Don’t put him out there and I think they’ll be good to go. …

“They’re going to need Mike Evans at full capacity. He can’t come out on the field and [coaches] say, ‘Ok, we gotta see how he warms us.’ If I hear that, that’s going to be a problem.”

Becht went on to say hamstring rehab and recovery is tricky and setbacks are common after feeling great.

Joe agrees with Becht in principle. But if Evans is healthy, then he’s healthy. If he can play safely in the season finale and sharpen his timing with Tom Brady, then put him out there.

Joe would not play Evans on the turf Sunday at the Meadowlands on Sunday, where it’s forecast to be cold and wet. Yes, Evans is on the COVID list, but he could test out of the designation later this week.

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27 Responses to ““An Absolute No-Brainer””

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    He needs 101 yards… Brady can get him that in a half vs Carolina if he’s ready to go. Just do what Winston did that one year and force every ball his way until he’s over 100 yards, then you can take him out.

  2. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Idk. I kind of want him to see some action before the playoffs. Get his feet wet.

  3. adam from ny Says:

    don’t let the sean payton ruin this…

    get it

  4. adam from ny Says:

    they’re done after tonight…

    it really is funny how they look like sh!t vs. everyone but us

  5. adam from ny Says:

    ***don’t let sean payton ruin this…

    get it

  6. firethecannons Says:

    no he needs rest

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    If Mike’s on the field then you know how important that record is to him and he’s aiming at another ring but has his eyes on HOF votes too. I’d be fine if he rested but I’d also love to see him do what no other receiver has ever done

  8. captivajim Says:

    BA knows mistake he made bringing Gronk back early. against the Jets or the Panthers….. He really has to kno better this time -that he should let Evans recoup 110% for the playoffs…

    Plus , lets give our depth guys get some playing time.. Playoff games can take their toll on injured guys…

  9. Steve fan Says:

    Mike Evans needs to work on getting open more by being quicker and sharper in hís pass routes. Sometimes the bucs can go almost an entire half witjohout getting him the ball. Great in the end zone though with his height advantage.

  10. NeverGIVEup Says:


    Thats why people dont want Mike to play

  11. Eddie Marz Says:

    Should rest him again this week. But if he’s ready to go against The Panthers, let him play. BA said if the final game could change the seating in the playoffs, he’ll let them play. Getting more hone games in the playoffs is important too. GOBUCS!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I actually think he already sat out the game this week as a precaution…..he may be heeled……Mike has chronic hamstring issues……but seems to work through it.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Evans got 1,000 yard every year, he only needs a little over 100 yards he has to play.

  14. Anthony Says:

    Would love to see him get the yards for a 1000 for the 8th year in a row but not at the expense of losing him for playoffs

  15. Hodad Says:

    I guess it would be up to Mike since it’s his record as far as 1000 yd seasons.

  16. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Why? Why? Why? If he goes down playing the Jets or Carolina that will kill this team in the playoffs. I understand those that want to see him break his record but for Brady to have to force the ball to him to get 100 yds is NOT good for the team. PERIOD!

  17. Gerinda Says:

    If he wants to play put hin out there
    Whats wrong with you people?

  18. RunRunPassRay Says:

    He needs another Lombardi trophy more than the record , sit him

  19. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Well, if you want to have the ultimate decoy, put him on the field and don’t throw it to him at all.

  20. SufferingSince76 Says:

    👍🏻 Doosh.

  21. PanhandleBuc Says:

    As most here, I ant to see him extend the streak of 1K! He’s very underrated and this is one of those records that can build his legacy case down the road! Also, getting him some reps on the finale would help in round 1 of the playoffs! Only if he’s 100% though…

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    The one thing I trust with BA is his treatment of injured players, stars and otherwise. ME13 knows he’s HOF; he is also all too familiar with hamstring problems. He knows what he has to do so it will heal. If he sits out the last two games, good. He will be ready for the playoffs. Let Grayson, OJ, Rojo, Brate, etc. catch the balls these last two games.

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m OK with it either way, so long as he’s healthy. But, only to get the record then sit.
    Why deprive him if he wants it and is able?
    If Brady plays, Mike should play (again, if healthy).

  24. Boo Radley Says:

    Bucs must lead the league in preventable hamstring injuries over the last 5-years to their skill receivers. A total lack of discipline from player, coach/trainer to HC when it comes to season long conditioning, practice warm-up/stretching drills AND game day warm up/stretching drills. Unbelievable amount of lost playing time when needed most these last two seasons must be driving the GOAT and his buddy Guerrero crazy. Hey, it must be that “Play hard, party hard” winning formula of Brady-made famous Coach Bruce Arians!

  25. Dave Says:

    I believe this was a made-up injury to give him a week off to rest. The plan was to take the week off against the Panthers, get his 1,000 yard season against the Jets, and then take the last game off again. COVID changed those plans.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Steve fan Says:
    December 28th, 2021 at 4:55 am
    Mike Evans needs to work on getting open more by being quicker and sharper

    LOL! Thanks, I’m sure he’s going to ignore his HOF resume and listen to some idiot fan telling him what he needs to be working on.

  27. The Deflator Says:

    Oh, Munch. How quickly you forget last year. Evans was in position to set the record for most consecutive 1000 yard seasons to start a career, and honestly, Tampa got luck that his knee injury was as mino as it ended up being.

    Sit the man. The playoffs are much more important than getting 101 more yards in the regular season.