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Enjoy reading the questions and answers you provide to the better type of fans who seem to congregate at this site instead of the childish haters and trolls that seem to proliferate at another well known Bucs site.
Would like to add a few things about Evans and some peoples fears about him turning into the next Michael Clayton.
First of all, Evans hasn’t stopped trusting his hands to catch the ball like Clayton did.
Second of all, Evans, from all accounts, has an excellent work ethic whereas Clayton didn’t.
Clayton talked a good game, but that was all it was.
There was a well known story of a Bucs coach showing a video of a player who professed to be a “team leader” sneaking out of the building and practice early one day.
That person was no other than Clayton.
Third of all, Evans can only catch what he is thrown.
Last week the Bucs went heavy on the run and won the game.
Would fans rather have a win, or five or six more passes thrown to Evans.
I for one, would rather have the win.
As it is, I believe Evans caught everything thrown his way except for one sideline pass that was broken up by the CB after it was underthrown and after Evans had gotten behind the defender.
Sometimes I feel like I’m watching a different game than other fans.
Why does this thing read from the bottom to the top again?!
I honestly don’t see where all the fear is coming from regarding Evans’ “sophomore slump.” Based on stats alone, he’s had a slow start. However, the reasons behind his slow start don’t point to poor play.
First, and most importantly, Evans can only catch what is thrown to him. He’s been targeted less this year and several of his targets have been off target which is no fault of his own. As he builds chemistry with Jameis this will improve.
Secondly, he is coming off an injury which will effect his movement and timing. His first week back there were some drops, but last week he seemed to improve in catching just about every catchable ball thrown his way.
Third, after his breakout rookie season teams have been rolling coverage to Evans which makes it more difficult for him. On the other hand, it has opened up VJax for some impressive plays. Getting ASJ back will help split up the coverage and alleviate some of the pressure on him.
Bottom line is, there’s no reason to panic when it comes to Evans. When he’s seen out partying instead of practicing, that’s when it’s time to worry. For now, just chalk it up to the growing pains of a young team and wait for everything to click. When it does, it’ll be a thing to behold. Go Bucs!
Couldn’t agree with you more plopes.
Clayton was such a poser and fake and you could tell he didn’t trust his hands after his second year.
And for the Dummynick to give him that big contract based on his play was sheer lunacy.
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