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Bucs QB Winston showed off-field support for top target Friday

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The Buccaneers are looking for big things from quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans as they approach the 2019 season. And, on Friday Winston showed support off the field for an important initiative of Evans’ with his family Foundation golf tournament.

The scramble tournament is the inaugural golf fundraiser for the sixth year wide receiver and his new charitable project he started last year.

Fox 13 Tampa Bay had this feature on the event

As the station relayed, Evans donated $25,000 from his foundation to start a USF scholarship fund in Tampa. The Buccaneers also donated $10,000 to the cause.

Winston explain to the media at the event why it was important that he take part in the event/support Evans,

“Being in the community, helping out your brothers is what it’s all about. I love the things that Mike has done here in the community. Good to see his beautiful family out here. Good to be out here for a great cause.”

Winston is also hoping to rekindle the outstanding connection that he and Evans had in their first two seasons together 2015 – 16. The best year was 2016 when the two connected for 96 Evans receptions, for 1,321 yards and 12 TDs.

Unfortunately for the duo, the last two years have been dismal for Winston – Evans, as the quarterback battled a shoulder injury in 2017 and then was suspended for three games to start 2018 and benched again for poor play later on in the season. Winston is just 3 – 13 as a starter in his last 16 games and it’s essentially on a one-year try out under new coach Bruce Arians after the Bucs picked up the fifth Year option no his rookie deal.

Meanwhile, Evans enjoyed individual tremendous success (including the games in which backup Ryan Fitzpatrick lit it up with tons of yards and points) finishing 2019 with a career highs 1,524 yards and 17.7 yards per catch, while making the Pro Bowl.

And clearly from the video both haven’t been spending very much time on the golf course. And that, could be a good sign for Bucs fans that are they’re spending much more time trying to get back in sync for a very important upcoming year.

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