Mike Evans, Russell Gage Still On The Mend

August 16th, 2022

“Tom, wanna have beers this week?”

If you plan on heading to Nashville to stalk Tomi Lahren or Carrie Underwood watch the Bucs practice, play against the Titans and maybe get a preview of Mike Evans and Russell Gage, well, you may have better luck finding Kelsea Ballerini.

After practice today, Bucs coach Todd Bowles said Evans and Gage will not practice against the Titans. So Joe also suspects neither will play against the Titans.

And you know what, Joe really doesn’t have a problem with this. Evans is a pro. And with the exception of last year, dealing with a hamstring is his summer deal.

The Bucs need Evans when the real bullets are flying, not so much in glorified scrimmages.

Joe somewhat feels the same about Gage. He and Tom Brady looked so smooth in the first couple of weeks of training camp, so Joe doesn’t believe Gage needs that much work. At leest until Chris Godwin is back full-time, Gage too is needed in real games.

15 Responses to “Mike Evans, Russell Gage Still On The Mend”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Now we know why we have so many WRs in camp………Evans, Godwin, Gage & Perriman not full practicing…..

    The problem isn’t so much the bubble with WRs………it’s who will stick on the PS.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bucs should do what the Dolphins with their QB last Saturday. Let Trask play the whole game. See how many interceptions he throws and how many fumbles he coughs up. See if he can hit Miller in stride instead of underthrowing hiim.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    I am not that comfortable with so many players sitting out practices.

  4. Bird Says:

    Sit em. No need. Brady isnt there anyway for timing issues. Heck sit julio as well. Again , these are not rookies/ young guys that have not accomplished
    Anything in nfl

  5. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    I am more comfortable with Evans and Gage sitting out practices than I am watching Jaelon Darden running routes as WR1 in a rehash of the Bucs vs Saints SNF game last year

  6. Brandon Says:

    Gage, Evans, Godwin, their spots are set. Perriman NEEDS to practice. He won’t make the team for THREE reasons if he isn’t playing. One, he needs to show he is better than the other guys vying for the other spots. Two, he doesn’t play special teams… the #3, 4, 5, and 6 WRs spots are almost always core special teamers… our 1-3 won’t be. And finally, he knows the system. The team can cut him and have faith that they can bring him back in a moment’s notice and know the system and have chemistry immediately. The odds are very much against him making the team right now.

  7. Miller5252 Says:

    You would think with the sports science and tech nowadays they could see this coming before he has issues. I was hoping TB12 would help Evans with em.

  8. Jerry Says:

    Lot of injuries piling up already.
    Questions starting to pop up about Brady’s commitment this year.
    Not an ideal start considering how tough the schedule is the first month.

  9. Hodad Says:

    Jerry, if you don’t think Bradys all in, you need to be committed. None of our vets are playing. Now Bradys receivers aren’t with the team either.

  10. GOB Says:

    Evans is always grabbing at some body part. It never turns out to be much of anything. Is this the year it’s for real? Sure hope not, they need him more now, than the last two years. Gage is awfully slight. He’s been very durable, but I still have concerns. Julio Jones doesn’t need the work, none of them really do. Just be ready for week one. Without Godwin for the foreseeable future, they’ll need all hands against the 7th ranked Dallas defense.

  11. SlyPirate Says:


    Joey Galloway was SUPER injury prone. He was also a vet who didn’t need practice. In a stroke of genius, Gruden changed Galloway’s practice participation. JG only did walkthroughs (gameplan). No practice.

    The result? Three straight seasons of 15-16 games and +1000 yards.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Brandon, that’s some astute thinking regarding Perriman. Maybe they just plop him on IR to keep him for next year, save the spot.

  13. ZavierDeSine Says:

    Here’s my issue the Buccaneers already have injury issues. Injuries cost them them the Super Bowl last year. They have an unproven interior O-Line this year. I trust their proven receivers and receivers coach to get them ready by working on flex and pliability.

    After last year I would not be risking my top receivers on meaningless practices and preseason games.

    Do you really think Evans, Godwin, Jones, or Gage will learn how to play any better than they already do. So why risk them. Have them doing flex and pliability training.

    Also make below the knees tackled for receiver’s illegal.


  14. Eli Says:

    Injurues again are raising their ugly heads. This is getting old. Is the aging players we have contributing go ghd problem, poor conditioning, or just bad luck?

    Whatever the answer, we saw last year that we must remain healthy like the superbowl year.

  15. David Says:

    Absolutely. Here’s to a healthier year.

    From another angle… They really need to play these younger receivers and figure out who’s getting cut because they have some serious depth and potential.