After a six-drop game against the Giants three weeks ago, it was expected that Mike Evans’ most recent blunder – a third-quarter drop that quite possibly cost Tampa Bay a touchdown – would receive considerably more criticism than any other miscue in the 25-12 loss.
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Getty Images
The Bucs, however, aren’t going to dwell on the past. Despite his lone drop in Indy opening the floodgates for those outside to question his entire season, those within the organization are treating this as one mistake.
“Mike Evans is a great receiver,” head coach Lovie Smith said adamantly on Monday. “We don’t bring back all other games. That was a big pass he dropped (Sunday). He would like to have one of those passes back, but that’s one. I’m not going to complain an awful lot about Mike.”
Evans’ drop, without question, was one of the most critical errors of the game, and one that shifted momentum in the Colts’ favor. But in keeping this mistake – and the ones prior – in perspective, it’s important to note that the second-year wide receiver has caught 25 passes for 403 yards the past four games, including five for 64 on Sunday.
Point being, he’s still a nightmare to matchup against and finding ways to get open. Now it’s about cleaning up the concentration issues on the routine receptions, something Evans’ has been working on in practice.
Not one to remind his wide receives to “catch the ball,” Dirk Koetter trusts that Evans will get it straightened out quickly and live up to his potential as a complete threat in the passing game.
“Andrew Hayes Stocker, our receivers coach, is out there throwing him wet balls, high balls, low balls, balls on his knees, balls on his back,” the offensive coordinator said Wednesday of Evans’ practice. “He’s struggled a little bit with balls that are under-thrown and behind him. Maybe he’s just not looking at it all the way in. I think that’s something Mike can improve one. He’s out there working hard.”
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The comment that “Mike Evans is working hard” should stop the Mike Clayton comparison. I do wish he’d stop looking for the flag and flailing his arms.
There’s something about this teams fans that makes them want to heap all of the blame on one player and then declare them a bust.
Evans is a solid player who had the drops against the Giants because of the wet ball.
Evans was wide open on another play and Winston overthrew him yet no one wants to declare him a bust and nor should they.
Errors like both of those occur in every game with every team including the Patriots.
I get really frustrated with him, but at the same time, the man can ball. Hes a young receiver that works hard. He gets angry really quickly and that passion can turn into a 200 yard game in a heartbeat. JW and ME are going to be remembered for a long time I think….I hope! Go Bucs!
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