Mike Evans Expected To Be A Marked Man

June 15th, 2022

Mike Evans

To Joe this is simply common sense.

Fake-V-card-forging, furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwing, topless-jumping-jacks-jumping Antonio Brown is gone. So too is Chris Godwin for who knows how long. And key free agent pickup receiver Russell Gage came down with a mysterious injury.

As seen in the January playoff loss to the Rams, the Bucs aren’t as deep at receiver as Joe thought about a year ago. So at least early this season, expect stud Mike Evans to get a lot of targets.

That’s the angle Rich Hribar of Sharp Football Analysis seemed to be taking when he ranked Evans as the No. 8 receiver in the NFL entering this season.

8. Mike Evans: Death. Sex. Taxes. Mike Evans hitting 1,000 yards receiving. Playoffs showed that Evans still has an apex gear available when Tampa’s top targets were thinned out, while Chris Godwin likely misses part of the front of the season, Antonio Brown is gone, and we are still waiting on a decision from Gronk.

Yup. This is Joe’s line of thinking. Tom Brady has demonstrate he likes to throw to guys he trusts. One is Godwin, but again, when will he return and will he be fully recovered from knee surgery?

Evans is another guy Brady trusts. So expect Evans to get a boatload of targets early in the season.

17 Responses to “Mike Evans Expected To Be A Marked Man”

  1. BucsfanFred Says:

    Mike is a marked man every year.
    Rest him this preseason.

  2. Brian Says:

    Why is it that if you don’t act like an ass clown you don’t get any recognition

  3. Buczilla Says:

    Number 8 Rich? Clown. I really hope that we have plans to bring in another receiver, especially if Gage is going to miss significant time.

  4. dmatt Says:

    Com on man MEvan’s been a target since his arrival in the nfl n he’s been doing the 1,000 yd thing ever since.

  5. Hodad Says:

    Brady throws to the open receiver no matter who that is. Brady makes everyone better. If teams take Mike away, Brady will make Grayson, Miller, name the receiver a star. Teams always lose players, or have defenses take a player out, but it’s the NFL, next man up often becomes great when given a chance.

  6. JA Says:

    Cannot understand what’s going on with Godwin.
    Unless there are underlying complications his injury should take six to nine months to heal, resulting in him being a fully functioning athlete.
    If injured in December, like Godwin, the extreme end of his full recovery should be the second week of September.
    Yet over and over I hear Godwin might not be ready until November, a full eleven months after his injury.
    Why is there no reason given for this unexpected delay?
    Booger said, “November.” Either he can’t count or he’s holding back.
    Guessing this site is not flooded with AMA types, so this might be the dumbest question I ever asked: Any doctors in the house?

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All the sudden Mike Evans is a target?

    Don’t sleep on Perriman…..I see him as our #3 for the early part of the season.

  8. Buc92’ Says:

    Godwin was running 20mph last week , he’s ahead of schedule they’re being hush about it …Grayson let it slip , he’ll be ready first week of October at the latest


  9. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Well Grayson in an interview stated Godwin is ahead of schedule. I just think they are playing it COY. Honestly Godwin should be good to go at beginning of the season if not he might miss a few games but who cares. We will be just fine. Gronk will.be back lets not kid outlrselves he has already stared when brady first came back he will be back. He’s enjoying the summer. When wad the last time a player wasn’t on a team yet still worked out at the facility 2x a week.

  10. Bojim Says:

    Was that way during the bad old days. Mike still got his 1k.

  11. Craig Says:

    Is there something new about Evans being marked? He has always had a safety hovering over him, but he is big enough and knows how to use his body so that he gets a 1000 yards every year.

    He’ll be fine, especially with Grayson, Perriman, or Miller sucking the safeties over the rainbow.

  12. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, Mike Evans has ALWAYS been a target, always.
    He faced double coverage nearly constantly until Chris Godwin emerged.
    Now, unless and until either Gage or someone flashes, he will be double covered nearly all the time.
    But Mike is used to it, and still makes his catches because with his wide wingspan and height, he catches nearly anything thrown in his area.

  13. geno711 Says:

    JA Says:
    June 15th, 2022 at 7:56 am
    Cannot understand what’s going on with Godwin.
    Unless there are underlying complications his injury should take six to nine months to heal, resulting in him being a fully functioning athlete.

    The Joe’s themselves having been leading to the speculation that Godwin might not be ready until later in the season. They have printed plenty of those speculation articles. Maybe they have inside knowledge.

    But personally it reminds me of the JPP fractured neck articles where they kept indicating that JPP might never play again when I always knew that most fractures heal quite well.

    I know there are other posters (like GOB) who regularly suggest that even when Godwin gets back this year he can’t be playmaker for the Bucs.

    So Godwin had the actual surgery on January 3rd 2022. Dr. James Andrew did it in Florida and immediately reported that he did repairs to the ACL and MCL but not the meniscus. He also reported there were no complications. If a meniscus is damaged to the point where it needs to be repaired, that usually comes first, then a six-week rehab period, and then the ACL/MCL surgery.

    What we do not know is how much tearing of the MCL there was. Was it a grade II or grade III tear? If it was a grade III tear, I think we would have heard.

    So still lots of factors that we do now know, but I do not expect him back September but I do expect him back before mid November. I also do expect him to be a playmaker again.

    BTW – I am not a doctor. I have followed Pro Football doc for years on injuries and was professionally involved in a lot of medical litigation in my career.

  14. SlyPirate Says:

    The season Mike doesn’t get 1000 yards will be a sad, indeed. Fortunately, I don’t see that happening for another 3-4 seasons.

  15. GOB Says:

    JA and geno, 9 months is an impressive and overly optimistic return date for Godwin’s injury. Like you said geno, we don’t know if the replacement tendon was soaked in a stem cell solution, or what. The average return rate for wide receivers is 11.5 months, post surgery. Add on the fact that recievers especially have a significantly reduced production rate compared to the control. The mean return rate for 60% of NFL recievers is closer to 14 months. Rushing things with an ACL can create a whole host of problems. Structural integrity deficits around the knee can result in fractured knee caps. I’d expect Godwin back sometime in December. That doesn’t mean he’ll be close 100%,

  16. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    I think you all have the term “Marked Man” as if the opponent has him marked . If you read the article correctly from Joe , he’s saying that he will be “MARKED” by Brady throwing him the ball a lot more than usual , which will be a boatload ! Go Bucs and great story @joe

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    I think the issue with Godwin is the difference between being ready and NFL ready. Got to see how that knee holds up after getting hit. Wish him the best. He was really clicking with Brady before that injury. Still think it was a purposeful hit. Payback for Winston’s injury. Saints are a dirty team. Even if the hit was legal, still a cheap shot knowing you can hurt a player’s career. GOBUCS!