The Bucs offense has been finding its groove lately as they are at the top of the NFC with an average of 28.9 points per game. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and the offense will have a tough task this week against the Saints, a team that was able to shutout Mike Evans in their Week 5 game.
Leftwich spoke about how he will get Evans more involved this time around.
“We’ll put him in different places,” Leftwich said. “We’ll move him around. We’ll go to him when he’s in his one-on-one matchups. When a guy’s that special [and] a guy’s that good, for the most part, the ball will find his way more than not. It didn’t that game. We don’t want to go too far with trying to just move him around and put him in different situations. We’ll do what we think we need to do for us to have the most success really as an offense, not just really for Mike. For the most part, that guy doesn’t really need a lot of help. He gets in position and makes plays for us, so we don’t want to do too much. We’re going to be us. We’re going to go be us and hopefully he’ll have more catches this game.”
Having zero catches in the New Orleans game has been a minor blemish in what’s been another stellar season for Evans. With 924 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, Evans is second in the NFL in both of those categories.
Evans has the chance to join elite company on Sunday should he record 76 receiving yards and eclipse 1,000 receiving on the season. He would become only the second receiver in NFL history to record 1,000 yards in the first six seasons of his career, joining Hall Of Famer Randy Moss as the only other one to do it.
Leftwich played college football at Marshall, where Moss played as well. Leftwich didn’t get the chance to play with Moss, but did throw passes to him in workouts over the summer at their alma mater. Having spent time around both wide receivers, Leftwich can see the similarities in the two.
“I actually know Randy,” Leftwich said. “I remember being a little kid at Marshall, throwing to Randy, and they’re very similar. They’re very similar in what they can do. It’s very unique to see guys that tall [and] that long be able to make the plays that they make.
“That’s the first thing I told Mike when I first met Mike. Not to compare Mike to Randy – you’re talking about a Hall of Fame guy [and] you’re talking about a guy in his sixth year. Having the opportunity to throw to Randy when I was a young football player in college [and] seeing Mike, seeing how they both move, how they’re both able to put their body in position to make certain plays – for them to be tall, they do unique things to be tall wide receivers.”