Todd Bowles is A Huge Mike Evans Fan

September 28th, 2023

Todd Bowles on Mike Evans.

Joe is confident just about every Bucs fan wants to see Mike Evans continue his streak of seasons with 1,000 yards receiving. Well, Joe has cool news for you.

Evans is almost one third of the way home. Through three games, he has 297 yards receiving. Evans has to average a hair over 50 yards receiving a game to make it to 1,000.

He’s thriving while learning a brand new offense with a brand new quarterback. This type of production is not surprising Bucs coach Todd Bowles one bit.

Bowles raved about Evans yesterday.

“He’s a great receiver,” Bowles said. “It doesn’t matter the scheme, the offense, the coordinator or the people. He’s going to do what he always does.”

One reason, Bowles believes, Evans is such an elite receiver is he is a fighter.

“Mike is a competitor, he loves to play the game, he’s a very smart player, he’s a very tough player and he performs well,” Bowles said. “It shows in his practice ability.”

Just about everyone expects some fireworks Sunday either from Evans or from his nemesis, cornerback Marshon Lattimore of the slimy Saints.

Those two brawl with each other, literally. In fact, it doesn’t seem like a decent Bucs-slimy Saints game unless one of those two gets tossed. The rivalry is that heated.

And no, Bowles is not concerned with Evans getting launched on Sunday.

“Any time you’ve got two great players and they want to compete – both want to win – as long as they play within the whistle, that’s fine,” Bowles said. “We don’t want to hurt our team, I’m sure they don’t want to hurt their team.

“It’s going to be a competitive ballgame. Just keep it in between the whistles.”

In other words, Bowles doesn’t want to see punches after the whistle, or getting into hassles with retired coaches on the sidelines.

24 Responses to “Todd Bowles is A Huge Mike Evans Fan”

  1. Boss Says:

    It speaks volumes to the bs out of bowels mouth that he will not call out evans for last weeks game. Chucky would have benched him mid game.

  2. 757Buc’em Says:

    Evans has to be held more accountable da he’ll wit the cuddling Todd

  3. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Mike is one of the best receivers in the league , saying otherwise only confirms your stupidity.

  4. Mike C Says:

    Yeah he is one of the best…….. that is why he should CATCH THE BALL!

  5. ModHairKen Says:

    Boss, go soak your face. You’re the fan nobody likes. Always finding some moment YOU think makes you a coach or analyst and the harping on it.

    This guy has been nothing short of sensational his entire career. But that’s not enough for you, keyboard clown. I bet you’re perfect in your life, huh, Bubba?

    Go cheer for Michael Thomas.

  6. Boss Says:

    Aww…. Mod get his widdle feeling hurt?

    I support 90% of the team. My opinion in mike is over rated. I have been saying it for years…..very consistent. He is not worth the money.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Boss … ‘It speaks volumes to the bs out of bowels mouth that he will not call out evans for last weeks game.’

    What also speaks volumes is that some folks won’t take the time to look deeper into things. Mike’s got a career catch percentage of 57.7% and an average Yards/Reception of 15.3 YPR over his 10 years. Thus far this year he’s got a 60.7% catch percentage and 17.5 YPR. Lots of other good things going on with Mike, like his YAC per reception of 6.1 being over twice what it was last year with Tom Brady, but who cares right.

    Every receiver, even the great ones, miss catches and sometimes they’re very big deals (like potential TDs?). But that’s life. Mike catches about 3 out of every 5 balls thrown his way, and very often those are deep, contested throws. He’s one of the best at coming down with those IMO, even though some end up being just wasted plays. But 3 TDs in 3 games puts him on-track for 17 TDs on the season, IF he can maintain that pace of course. Personally I’d love to see him get over 1000 yds on the season, but I’d be even happier if that came with 17 TDs this year.

  8. adam from ny Says:

    we’re all huge mike evans fans…

    he always has a handful of drops every year, but overall he’s pretty sure handed…

    hopefully he’s stacked most of this season’s drops early in the season and it’s smooth sailing ahead…

    going into the season i though the possibility of 1,300 to 1,400 yards is very possible, since brady retired – and a wider range of balls would be going his way…and i still see it happening moving forward…

    they gotta get CG more involved tho…he’s being treated like a second class citizen rn and his numbers per game are looking like a solid 3rd receiver’s numbers…

    and we need palmer to be putting up the numbers godwin is putting up rn, and maybe add in a couple stretch the field type receptions as well…

    let’s get this offense to start flowing some more thru the air…gash the aints in the dome…

    what’s up with zero slants to speedy palmer…and jarrett…what’s up with that

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Who isn’t a huge Mike Evans fan?

  10. Dwayne Cone Says:

    Hopefully it not on the last game of the season with a TD and twisted ankle like in 2020.

    Only thing I can see stopping him is a Rib Injury. Got to give the Kid from Philly a nod as it looked like he was helping Evans avoid a bad fall before securing the tackle on that Great One Hander.

  11. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Mike will be missed hugely , enjoy watching him play the game.

  12. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Death. Taxes. And Mike Evans getting 1k receiving yards.

  13. BradyGronk Fan Says:

    Defence Rules – It would be awesome if ME gets 17TD or at least beat his personal best of 14TDs.

    I watched Brady and Gronk climb up the all time career record lists over the years. Brady has so many records it’s rediculous. Gronk would have too but unfortunately got injured too many times.

    Been following ME closely since 2020. Him and D Adams have been back and forth in the TD leader department. Hopefully Mike takes the lead again.

    With 17TDs, Mike would have a good chance to be the league leader in that area. He has the almost guaranteed 10 year 1000 yard to start a career record but it will definitely help being a league leader in TDs with getting an all pro and for the HOF. There is an increasing logjam of great receivers trying to get in the HOF.

  14. Bojim Says:

    Mike is top 5.

  15. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Hey BOSS!! Defense just dropped the stats on yo arse to show you he’s not overrated. You have no clue dude

  16. Boss Says:

    stats are for losers.

    you guys just keep slurping the me kool aid…just like you did jw….

    wake up. there is a reason no one cares about mike nationally. I could run a 10 yard curl route and turn around when the DB’s give a 10 yard cushion…

  17. Ed Says:

    Trey Palmer much more impressive than Thompkins. He needs some more targets along with Godwin. Lets spread it out between these 3 best receivers.

    Also, get a real running back, not a receiver posing as a runner. Bad line or good line, you have to be able to get those 1 to 2 yards extra when the holes are tight.

  18. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:

    I want to see Evans end his steak of big drops that prevent us from winning games.

    Obviously, he’s great overall. But sometimes we can’t even celebrate his greatness because of a couple drops that hurt terribly.

    For example, he had one of the most amazing catches ever in the 2nd half the other night, but it got overshadowed by the few drops that killed us already.

  19. pancake block Says:

    Give him the business (Ron Cherry)

  20. Sly Pirate Says:

    It’s 3rd and 9
    Mike is wide open 14 yards downfield
    The pass is up
    The ball hits Evans in the hands

    Mike is open in the end zone
    The pass is up
    The ball hits Evans in the hands

    (Not ready to move on. Too soon.)

  21. B.D Says:

    It’s always the easy catches he drops, maybe need to not throw good passes….

  22. unbelievable Says:

    @Defense Rules – thank you for providing some facts.

    I’m also loving how Bucs fans act like no other wide receiver has ever dropped a pass except Evans.

    And BTW everyone – it’s only considered a drop, by technical terms, if the DB did not either hit the receiver or make a play on the ball. So that ‘drop’ in the endzone would not even be counted as a drop since the DB hit his arm / hand.

    And if Baker throws the ball with some zip instead of floating in like a rainbow, the DB never even has a chance to regain position and Mike makes that catch.

    But with all that said, Evans, being the consummate pro and teammate that he is, still said after the game that he should have caught the ball, despite the poor pass and DB making contact.

  23. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    To be elite, you must first catch the ball. Give me Godwin everyday over Evans. It was Godwin who made the clutch catch against the Vikings to seal the win. Lattimore is in Evans’ head. He will not be a factor this Sunday.

  24. garro Says:

    Got a lot of folks here who obviously have never played any organized football.

    These fans do not understand that all the circus catches that Mike makes are difficult to make and expecting him to make every one of those is ridiculous! Calling them drops is even more so. He “dropped” one pass that I saw. The rest were circus catches and we would be saying WOW had he made them. The one I mentioned as a drop was a difficult catch. The defender obscured his vision and may have touched the ball just prior. Baker needs to put the ball on him, not 12 feet in the air every time!

    Some of you need to lay off of Mike and remember some of the JAGS we have had here who couldn’t catch a cold, much less get open.

    Go Bucs!