Targeting, Forcing To Mike Evans Early

December 31st, 2022

“Today’s the day, Mike.”

Mike Evans needs just 83 yards receiving Sunday to enhance his name in the record books without an asterisk.

Those 83 (or more) yards will give Evans 1,000 yards receiving for the ninth consecutive season since he was drafted in 2014. Who does that? No one. Hitting that mark will add to Evans’ NFL record.

Joe thinks it’s a safe bet Evans will be targeted early and often tomorrow against Carolina. The record is important to him, Tom Brady loves Evans, and the team wants to accommodate the greatest receiver in franchise history.

Plus, it’s good strategy to get Evans involved early and often, something the Bucs have strayed from far too many times. That shouldn’t happen tomorrow.

If Evans gets the record in the Bucs’ 16th game, history won’t be barking about how he needed a 17th game to hit 1,000. Yes, there are idiots who would try to cheapen Evans’ accomplishment that way.

In past seasons with Brady, and in prior campaigns, the Bucs looked like they were on a mission to get Evans the record once he got close. And Evans always looked all jacked up in the game in which he realistically could hit the annual mark.

Joe expects to see that kind of focus and fire tomorrow, especially with the Panthers missing their top cornerback, Jaycee Horn.

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14 Responses to “Targeting, Forcing To Mike Evans Early”

  1. ClwJB Says:

    Should be throwing it to him 15 times minimum and none of them bubble screens

  2. SRQ Bucs Fan Says:

    Happy New Year Joe(s) & Ira

    Thank you for the Best Bucs Website on the interwebs!

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    One problem: Leftbowels.

  4. Kentucky Buc Says:

    He will only play 16 games this year regardless.

  5. Manny Says:

    Wasnt evans suspended one hame this year? So even if he needs it in the 17th game, its his 16th game regardless

  6. Beej Says:

    Had he caught a certain pass in the FIRST Panthers game he’d only need 19 yards

  7. NEfan Says:

    Bigger fish to fry. If Bowles decides to slow play this game he is more incompetent than I imagined. A win today allows Bucs to rest injured players and get Jensen back. Unfortunately the thought that change is going to happen is a pipe dream. A leopard doesn’t change his spots. My way or the highway. I fear means the Bucs are.on the road to no where.

  8. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Forcing it to Mike leads to interceptions far too many times. Mike gives up on his routes too easily. He has a habit of not giving total effort on some plays. Also, Mike isn’t the best at reading defenses. Don’t force it to Mike. What they need to do his stop having him always run Go routes. Mix up his routes.

  9. Todd Says:

    Lostwich was overheard, “They’ll be expecting us to go to Mike Evans early and often, so we’ll fool them and run the ball towards Brian Burns for 1 to 2 yards a clip! They won’t be expecting that!” #genius

  10. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Leftwich will freeze Evans out the next 2 weeks, Evans and
    Brady are clearly not getting along this year so unfortunately I see the streak ending this season.

  11. NEfan Says:

    Yesterday there was a clip on passing to Evan’s and Godwin. Most of all Evan’s were contested, great throws and great receptions but still contested. Godwin was much more of a mix.

  12. Coburn Says:

    Buxsfan13 I agree too many go routes. If you watch him early in games he fights hard.. I think he just gets worm down in second halfs from all the go routes more than anything

  13. NEfan Says:

    Colburn, run blocking routes.

  14. Old School Bucs Says:

    So in loserville once again it is very, very dire! No the Bucs will not lose today and yes Evans gets his 1000 yards!!! LOSERS!!!! Now I will turn to the Panthers website where there is a more intelligent and even handed discussion about today!