Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans isn’t the most charismatic interview local media members will ever conduct. Even national guys – ask Jim Rome – have figured out that if you want funny anecdotes or clever sound bites there are much better players to talk to.
It appears part of the seriousness from Evans is derived from his focus on football as evidenced by a Tampa Bay Times report that Evans is spending his summer vacation not on an island beach in the Caribbean, but instead working out daily with current NFL players in South Florida.
Evans, who has been training for two weeks in Miami at Fit Speed Athletic Performance with NFL players like Chicago receiver Brandon Marshall, told Greg Auman of the Times this week that he isn’t where he needs to be condition wise.
“Physically, I’m not in tip-top shape. I’m getting back into my game shape,” said Evans. “As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I’ve been running, and I feel 100 percent.
Besides conditioning, Evans also wants to bring his weight down from the 235 he played at last year as a member of the Texas A&M Aggies. Evans told Auman that 230 is his goal weight this season.
“I’ve got to lose more weight,” Evans said. “I’m too heavy right now. But the workouts I’ve been doing, I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready.”
Texas A&M, like most college programs, don’t have the extensive playbooks that NFL teams do and that is something else Evans is learning to adjust to although he feels good about his progress.
“I feel good. It’s a lot more than we did in college, but I’m getting the hang of it,” Evans said. “I’m starting to understand you have to adjust to different blitzes, corner blitz, safety blitz, stuff like that. This offense is pretty complicated, coming from something easy, but it isn’t too bad.”
In just the short time Evans has been a Buccaneer player he has already been impressed with the leadership on the roster. The Bucs first round draft pick singled out Josh McCown, Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith on offense, as well as Alterraun Verner, Dashon Goldson and Gerald McCoy on defense as those that have stood out.
“We have a lot of leaders,” he said. “I’m real excited because we have great leaders and a great work ethic. They make the younger guys want to work even harder.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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