Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans doesn’t lack for confidence.
Which is a good thing with the Seahawks coming to town on Sunday, and bringing along one the NFL’s best cornerbacks in Pro Bowler Richard Sherman.
WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
While no one knows for sure exactly what the Seahawks’ defensive game plan will be, it is a safe bet he will be matched up with Evans more often than not.
Evans is up for the challenge.
“I play some of the best athletes in the world, going at it one-on-one,” Evans said on Wednesday standing in front of his locker. “That’s great. Hopefully he’ll match me. I’m a big fan of his and I think it will be a fun day.”
Head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about the potential matchup on Wednesday after practice.
“Yeah, he’s a big corner. Definitely proven as one of the top players in this league,” Koetter said. “It will be a big challenge for Mike, I know he’s probably looking forward to it.”
Quarterback Jameis Winston respects Sherman’s ability, but said Wednesday not to discount he and Evans’ chemistry and ability to hook up, no matter who’s doing the defending.
“You have to be aware of one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but I like my guy. I like my guy in that matchup,” Winston said. “Mike is having an amazing year, but that is just trust. Sherman has been covering a lot of guys in his whole career. But at the end of the day he doesn’t have that connection that me and Mike have. So at the end of the day, he still has to defend us.”
Evans, who has 65 receptions for 916 yards and eight touchdowns this season, was just as complimentary of Winston, and noted his ability to allow receivers to make plays.
“It’s giving our other playmakers an opportunity to get one-on-one chances and I’ll take our guys over anybody,” Evans said. “Jameis has been doing a good job distributing the rock to everybody. We’re just playing good all-around football.”
Ultimately the game on Sunday is the Buccaneers versus the Seahawks, not Evans versus Sherman. The former Aggie star said he believes the Bucs are ready to compete with anyone.
“I think so. I think we’ve proven it and we’ve got to keep proving ourselves,” Evans said. “We got a tough win in Arrowhead against one of the best teams in the AFC and now we’ve got one of the best teams in the league in the past few years coming to our house. So we’ve got to just keep proving ourselves.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love the attitude. Respect, but not fear or intimidation. It’s been a long time coming for this team.
Should be an exciting matchup. We need to win it, for a variety of reasons, but this should be fun to watch regardless.
Great players and coaches want to play the very best opponents.
The Seahawks r a tad hobbled but I didn’t hear any national commentators or teams give us a break when we were down our entire starting defensive line and running back.
Instead, what we hear when you talk about the Carolina game is how the Panthers had to play without Cam Newton without mentioning our defensive line was without a starter.
The Bucs need to start playing with a chip on their should like Richard Sherman. His is so big its hard to get it on the team charter. I love that and his attitude.
Glad to see Winston and Evans showing him his props but displaying confidence in their skill set.
No kidding drdneast, every time we win it’s because another team is injured. After no one gave the bucs a chance at arrow head, after the win it was, ” well they had a lot of injuries”. The lack of respect for this team should be motivation every week.
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