WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Last season Mike Evans had four dead-ball penalties – three unsportsmanlike conduct fouls and one unnecessary roughness – leading to concerns about his temperament during the heat of battle. In three games this season, he’s yet to commit any, and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter believes that’s a better reflection of Evans.
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by Mark LoMoglio/PR
“He’s had a couple chances, whether you call it losing his cool or frustration,” Koetter said Friday after practice. “I think Mike’s really turned the corner. I’m not going to say it’s never going to happen again, because, shoot, all of us have our meltdowns. But I think Mike’s turned a corner.”
The third-year pro, who attributed his maturation to getting married over the offseason, showed even more poise by pulling Jameis Winston aside during a brief confrontation with a ref last Sunday. Koetter said that was “awesome,” and reiterated his point that every player has his moments. Only normally, Koetter said, it’s Winston keeping his teammates focused. “I don’t always see it,” Koetter said. “That’s just Jameis’s M.O.”
But Evans hasn’t missed a beat this season. He’s on pace for 1,600 yards and 16 TDs, looking every bit like a No. 7 overall draft pick. Evans will have another tough matchup against Broncos cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. this Sunday, but that’s life in the NFL for a No. 1 wide receiver, Koetter said. And the Bucs have every bit of confidence in their guy.
“As we said earlier in the week, we couldn’t be happier with how Mike competed, how Mike has held up from a conditioning stand point, pushed through some minor injury things and has caught the ball in traffic,” Koetter said. “I think Mike has the mindset that he’s going out there to compete and I’m sure the Denver guys do as well.”
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The guy is a monster and one we will be happy to have for his career. I also saw that the Browns are parting ways with Josh Brown. ZERO reason why the buc shouldn’t give him a look.
Sorry Josh Gordon is what I meant to say.
Perhaps because he is in rehab AGAIN??
Well no crap he’s in rehab. It’s not like that part eluded me. He’s having a child and wants to get his life together. His talent is undeniable and if he comes out clean there is no risk on signing him.
And for the record he’s never been in rehab before. This is the first time and he did it on his own accord.
I wish nothing but the best for the guy but thats a gamble I dont see them taking with him. Time will tell.
Mike gets married and calms down. Works every time. Hope his wifey said “you get a stupid penalty , no n**kie”.
Happy wife, happy life.
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