The Bucs and wide receiver Mike Evans are saying the second-year receiver should be at 100 percent for the first time this season come Sunday in Houston.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Evans said from the locker room Wednesday. “I’m a full-go and I won’t be on a pitch count. It’s exciting and hopefully we get the win.”

Evans missed the opener against Tennessee because of a hamstring injury that also limited him to playing only 61 percent of last week’s offensive snaps against New Orleans (40 of 66).

Nothing much happened during that time on the field, either. Quarterback Jameis Winston failed to connect on any of the three balls directed at his 6-foot-5 target. Evans did get in on the Bucs’ penalty parade, though, with a third-quarter hold during a short Doug Martin run.

Sunday’s trip is something of a homecoming for the Galveston, Texas native and Evans said he isn’t concerned with how or when his role increases, especially considering his absence from last week’s game planning.

“I wasn’t really in the game plan at all last week. They didn’t know if I was playing, I didn’t know either. I came in there and we were just winging it. It was fun to be out there, though. This week it’ll be a little better.

“I’ll get my opportunities throughout the year and it’s my job to make the play. I’ll do my best, have a good week of practice, work on getting open and hopefully it’ll be a good one.”

The Bucs have high hopes for their sophomore receiver out of Texas A&M this year, hoping he doesn’t slump from last season’s 68-catch, 1,051-yard, 12-touchdown debut. Some of that big-play potential could come in handy Sunday knowing that tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins – the team’s leading pass catcher through two games – is out of service for at least a month.

“As you go through the season different guys get banged up and are less than 100 percent at different times, so you count on the depth of your team,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said during his Wednesday press conference. “You’ve all told me and we’ve talked about it before that we have different playmakers and, hey, that’s the NFL. Your next tight end has to be ready to play. That doesn’t mean we have to design our whole game plan around that guy. Your game plan should always be designed to try to get the ball to our play makers, but also is somewhat dictated by the defense and what style they play.”

When asked specifically about increasing Evans’ role in the offense, Koetter didn’t need many words to describe how that will happen.

“It’s simple – throw it to him. Throw him the ball.”

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inspecto

It’s simple throw him the ball, now that’s the word!!
Go Bucs!!!

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surferdudes

You don’t bring Graham in to block, that’s not how you use him. He’s a wide receiver. Single back formation, one blocking TE, Evans, Jax, Graham line up. How do you cover that?

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GBOBUCSFAN

Who is Graham ? Ernest ?

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seat26

Evans better step up. This offense is banged up, and he needs to start looking like the player he was last year.

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Buctebow

The whole team needs to step up each week a little more. Get better Bucs!

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plopes808

Evans @ 100% = wins! Too bad we lost ASJ but I’m sure Evans will make up for the loss. Go Bucs!

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derekmitchellmay

I freaking love Koetter

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drdneast

Well he sure is a big upgrade over the moron we had here last year derekmitchellmay.
I believe we ran three screen passes last week and one of them got a first down on a 3rd and 19 by Doug Martin that was negated by a hol ding call.

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fredster

Hopefully Evans hamstring is 100% because the offense just isn’t going to be very good without him and ASJ. Starting to feel like ASJ is soft. I know he’s immature. Hopefully he takes care of his body because the injuries starting to get annoying. Also who the hell is Graham. It’s Jackson,Evans, and Murphy in slot most of time correct? Stocker in at TE to block and Meyers in more in passing I assume?

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georgehicks

Iam hoping with Mike Evans and Jackson wr combo will be the difference for Tampa to defeat the Texans. I know that Jameis Winston has to bring his A Game and the improving Tampa defense is up to the challenge. Go Bucs

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kenverns

we have to keep jj from jw early in the game to get the ball to me

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