It’s obvious that the Buccaneers offense has some unanswered questions. First, and biggest, how will things go without suspended QB Jameis Winston for the first three games? Can the run game with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones get established? Can DeSean Jackson make the impact with big plays that everyone thought he would coming in as a free agent a year ago?
And, still another question who becomes the leader/”play maker” for the offense this season?
Well, that question is very quickly being answered by fifth year receiver Mike Evans.
Interestingly. the team is using Evans as part of a promotional campaign on TV and the internet to show that Tampa Bay, who was 5-11 last year is ready to bounce bsck:
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) July 25, 2018
Evans, who had a Pro Bowl 2016 season off his 96 catches, 1,300+ yards and 12 touchdowns, had a disappointing 2017. With Winston missing parts or all of five games due to a shoulder injury, his catches dipped to 71 and only five TD’s for the year had him frustrated.
However, he has looked every bit the part of an elite receiver, again, though the first week of Buccaneers camp. In fact, he’s been getting some praise from media and observers on the way he’s played.
That includes long time Bucs beat writer from the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Stroud, who observed and tweeted this late last week:
Three great days for Evans. https://t.co/5MOUmzcXL7
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 29, 2018
The Bucs will need more of those “great days,” especially with the start to their schedule. Playing at division rival New Orleans week one and then, against the Superbowl Champion Eagles followed by Monday Night Football against Steelers, and all of those without Winston, it won’t be easy.
However, veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is capable and during Thursday’s workout, where the team was simulating some game conditions even while not in full pads, he launched a ball early to #13.
— Kenny Morales (@KennyMoralesTV) August 2, 2018
Granted, this is a training camp setting, but still, that’s the kind of highlight that will get Bucs fans excited about the possibilities in the upcoming season.
And you couple Evans with Jackson, second year WR Chris Godwin, veteran slot man Adam Humphries and others, and the Bucs clearly have some weapons.
None bigger than though, than the potential game dominator that they know Mike Evans can be.
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