After slightly injuring his left hamstring during the first half Monday night, the Buccaneers decided to shut Mike Evans down for the rest of preseason.
Evans, who was held without a catch over the last two games, is completely fine with the move. The 2014 rookie sensation is comfortable in his role and knows he’d be ready to go if games counted.
“I think it’s smart,” Evans said of sitting out the rest of preseason. “There’s no reason to risk it. I’ve already proven myself. And this way I can just try to get back for Week 1 of the regular season.
“If I necessarily had to (play), yes (I could). But it’s not necessary so I won’t be playing.”
Evans seemed to be in a light-hearted, relaxed mood on Thursday. After talking about playing the X receiver and the opportunities that come with it – mismatches in single coverage – the topic shifted to two point conversion attempts, which Evan’s related to Madden.
“Going for two, it’s harder than it looks,” Evans said. “I know it’s just two yards but it’s harder than it looks. A lot of teams go man coverage down that close, so it would work for some teams that have big receivers out there.
“When I play video games I always go for two,” Evans said. “So I guess doing it in real life wouldn’t be too bad.”
When asked if he uses himself on Madden, Evans said he likes it better to control top rated wideouts like Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson. Despite a 68-catch, 1,051-yard rookie season, Evans didn’t crack 90 on his Madden 16 rating, making him worse than the players he used to create as himself.
“I always used to create myself and I was 99,” said Evans, who’s current rating is 87. “But now I’m not, because I’m really in the game now. It’s cool to see myself, but my rating isn’t as high as I want it to be until it gets fixed.”
All kidding aside, Evans made a great point for why it’s actually important to bring your Madden rating up.
“If you’re Madden rating is up, then it means you’re doing something good in real life, too.”
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