Todd Bowles Gives Mike Evans Ultimate Compliment

June 14th, 2023

There are few unused superlatives when it comes to the greatest receiver in Buccaneers history.

Of course, Joe is referring to Mike Evans, who was being lauded today by Todd Bowles following Day 2 of mandatory minicamp.

Bowles dropped a new and very-Bowles-like take on Evans that is the ultimate compliment from a guy who has made his career on being a defensive guru and NFL defensive back.

“He competes like a defensive player,” Bowles said of Evans. “He’s an offensive defensive player. So I think that helps with his mentality.”

Joe thinks that’s a great way to look at Evans. He has that linebacker, attack-dog mentality in a receiver, and an eagerness to perform every nuance of the game.

Former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter used to say that one thing the Bucs did very well is force the ball to Mike Evans. Hey, it was a solid strategy seven years ago, and Joe thinks it could be that again in 2023.

25 Responses to “Todd Bowles Gives Mike Evans Ultimate Compliment”

  1. David G Says:

    ME13 is a all round great dude!!We are lucky to have him be a Buc and hopefully will stay a Buc when he gets his gold jacket.

  2. ATLBuc Says:

    Seems like he just keeps getting better and better every year.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    After Evans and Godwin we have questionable depth. IR Gage, Trey Palmer and?? The TE room had 2 years experience in the NFL. I see Evans having a monster year as Mayfield’s security blanket. I believe R. White is going to have a boatload of dump off passes or wheel routes vs a LB.

  4. Austin Says:

    Top 5 Buc

  5. Snickerty snick Says:


  6. D-Rok Says:

    Joe typed Bowels, LOL.

  7. Doug RR Martin Says:

    At some (terrible) point, Licht will move on from the Bucs. His drafting of Mike Evans should be enough to get him in the Ring of Honor. One of the best Bucs, draft picks, and careers of our time. Easy our best naturally occurring offensive player outside of Alstott.

    Can a GM get in there?

  8. Fred McNeil Says:

    If Mike gets another 1000 yard season and a good number of tuddies and one good playoff performance this year he’s pretty much in the HOF.
    As it stands right now he’s just a maybe HOFer.
    He’s BUCS ROO before the ink dries on his retirement papers unless the world comes to an end.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    Said it the entire time Brady was here, but I really wished that Brady had a bit more Winston in him when throwing to Evans – in that Evans doesn’t need to be open to throw him the ball, just let him go it, or knock it down – that’s what makes Evans special. Obviously I’m not dinging Brady, he’s the GOAT, and I think playing with Brady made Evans better since he had to become a better route runner and be more precise before Brady would throw the ball to him. But at the end of the day, if Evans is one-on-one, just give him the damn ball.

    I think Mayfield will do that – well, assuming the ball isn’t knocked down at the line of scrimmage.

  10. Buccos Says:

    ME13 needs to be a lifer for the Bucs. He and David tell the Bucs when they are done. Not the other way around i.e. Derrick Brooks

  11. Darin Says:

    I wish you were more like him coach. You need a lil more of an offensive mindset eh. We don’t care how close the score is when we lose like you Bowels

  12. All_da_way Says:

    Evans plays aggressive and to win every snap which is why he is so legendary.

  13. Leighroy Says:

    Buccos, you may want to brush up on the history of Derrick Brooks “retirement,” and I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed brother.

  14. Leighroy Says:

    Or maybe that’s what you’re saying I guess. I’ll go get an afternoon coffee 😂

  15. zzbuc Says:

    Best Buc ever….for sure!!

  16. HC Grover Says:

    Hot Toddy7…ROFL. Pathetic.

  17. Danny Husak Says:

    Let’s ask Mike Evans this question: Who holds the NFL All Time record for the longest pass thrown in a regular season game? And, ask him if he’d want to play with him this year ? Hint. Baker Mayfield. 70 yards plus. It hit the facing of the stands full-tilt-boogie. Would have been 80 yards plus had he been 10 yards further back.

  18. Fred McNeil Says:

    Well. Danny Husac, that, plus Canales is why I have high hopes.
    If you’re gonna overthrow a motherlover…Evans is the one to do it to.
    How tall and athletic and self sacrificing was the receiver he threw it to? Doubt he was like Mike.

  19. Saul Says:

    One word to describe Michael Evans is classy player and person!!

  20. Fred McNeil Says:

    Well. Danny Husac, that, plus Canales is why I have high hopes.
    If you’re gonna overthrow a motherlover…Evans is the one to do it to.
    How tall and athletic and self sacrificing was the receiver he threw it to? Doubt he was like Mike.
    I think I saw that highlight, but I barely remember.

  21. 1#bucsfan Says:

    In terms of production ME13 is the greatest player the Bucs have ever drafted.

  22. Sly Pirate Says:

    Anytime you want to get 100% positive comments and rally Bucs fans just post a story on Evans, Alstott, or Brooks. Nothing but love and appreciation.

  23. Larrd Says:

    Great wide receiver. He has never reminded me of a defensive player, however.

  24. Michael Says:

    What is the most important ability any football player can have? . Availability !
    Mike is the epitome of consistency . He’s done things NO receiver has done . Not Jerry not Calvin Not Julio . None
    He already is a H.O.F.
    If he has 1k yard season this year he is a first ballot HOFer.

  25. garro Says:

    More 50-50 balls to Evans?
    I like it but… Can our QB do that? While taking care of the ball as Canales wants?
    We shall see.
    Go Bucs!