After failing to lace up for the Bucs since Tampa Bay’s Week 10 game against Carolina in 2018, with the exception of a brief return to practice last preseason, head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on safety Justin Evans, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2017.

“Justin’s (injury) is the funny one,” Arians said on Friday as he discussed injuries from around the roster. “We think that he’s getting better. He hasn’t done any… he’s starting to run a bit.”

So while Evans hasn’t return to practice yet it is something of notice that Evans remains with the Bucs, despite his long-term absence, as he’s due to be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason and carries a cap hit of around $1.6 million in 2020.

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eaustinyoung

He needs to go. Beckwith all over again.

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EastEndBoy

I’ll say this, in his maybe 2 seasons of play (is that what we got?) he absolutely made the single best play I have ever seen a Buc safety make on a Roethleisburger INT. And otherwise has been a ghost on and off the field. Not sure why 1 INT is worth $1.6 million but I suspect it has something to do with the alternative of an injury settlement costing the Bucs the same amount.

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ScottC543

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBVScYjVgrw

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EastEndBoy

ya – that one.

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IDGABuc

Nice!

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Hockey Duckie

Correction: in 24 games, Evans has 4 INTs.

Before AWJ, Evans was the best safety talent the Bucs owned. If he was healthy today, then we wouldn’t even trot out Whitehead, Adams, etc…

None of us know what kind of injury he has, but if he does finally get healthy and returns to form, then at least he’ll bring more to the table than Whitehead. It’s a cheap gamble on a team that does need to improve the other safety position.

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PewterPose

Low-key can’t believe this guy is still on the roster.

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Michael76

Who knows how he would play after his injuries…. but he was the best free safety we had… and I would rather see Antoine used more as a strong safety / nickel (and see less whitehead with two deep)

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Spitfire

If he does stay hopefully he doesn’t mind taking a pay cut since we’ve stuck with him so long.

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Spitfire

If he makes it back of course. If he manages to and stays healthy it may mean great things for our Safety future. Just gotta find someone to put next to Winfield now who can be just as solid.

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bucballer

Brady doesn’t have the time to wait for Evans to get well and contribute. Agree… shades of Beckwirth. Enough already. Next.

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plopes808

Shame about his injury problems, at one point this kid was the best safety we had. Now that we have Winfield though, he’s the 3rd or 4th best we got

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toofamiliar17

I mean, when healthy, I don’t see how he’s not pretty clearly the #2 guy on the safety depth chart. Every other safety on the team has major, clear holes in their game. Not that Evans is perfect, but he’s easily the superior athlete and talent when compared to guys like Edwards and Whitehead.

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surferdudes

Two years he hasn’t played and he’s running a bit? His first NFL contract has been mostly on IR. Cut bait already.

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