No Love for Mike Evans?

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The NFL has become a pass-happy league with bigger, faster, and stronger receivers on the way. The collegiate game is full of talented receivers who will bring excitement to many teams in the upcoming draft. The Buccaneers have a plethora of wide receivers on their team, but the best is Mike Evans.

Mike Evans was drafted out of Texas A&M. The Buccaneers selected Evans with the number 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He immediately made an impact with Tampa Bay. In his rookie season, Evans recorded 68 receptions with 1,051 yards. He also had 12 touchdowns. He has gotten better each year with the Buccaneers.

Mike Evans goes about his business every week. He doesn’t complain on every play like other receivers in the NFL. He does, however, expect the referees to make the obvious calls for him when they arise. The superstars in this league get special treatment by the men in stripes, but this doesn’t always apply to Mike Evans. Why doesn’t Evans get the respect that other big-name receivers get across the league?
During his career, Evans has recorded 70+ receptions in every year but his rookie campaign. Evans has been an absolute monster for the Buccaneers since 2014. He has been the model of consistency, playing in at least 15 games every season. The Buccaneers have also used a carousel of quarterbacks during his tenure as a Buccaneer. Could the Pro-Bowl wide receiver be getting targeted by the referees because he plays for a bad team? Could it be because of Jameis Winston’s off field issues? Who knows, but it is obvious that Mike Evans doesn’t get many calls.

The NFL has focused on protecting players and making it easier for the offense to score because of all the penalties that get called on the defense. In key situations the refs have refused to call penalties for the star wide receiver for some reason. Evans gets held, pushed, and interfered with constantly. He is lucky to get one or two of those calls to go in his favor. We have watched him get frustrated numerous times during his career by the lack of calls coming his way. This is sad because guys like Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Julio Jones get looked at wrong, and the flags come flying from every direction. Maybe Evans will get calls as his career progresses, but it doesn’t look very promising.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Dirk’s coaching has been suspect for over the past two seasons, just go watch the previous games against Seattle and Kansas City he coached both of those games as if he didn’t want win. Take the previous wins against the Bears Dirk acted as if we were wrong for having won in such a decisive manner, low in beholden we get blown out this year against that same team! Dirk shouldn’t be head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year, he can’t manage drives in the Red Zone, his play calling is horrible, he can’t make proper decisions when it comes to personnel and he has anxiety issues when coaching against more competitive teams…

  2. There is no such thing as a perscription visor.
    3 Reasons: distortion, bend, and vertex.

    I was at the game and missed the removal of the visor.

    The visor protects his eyes when he decides to wear his contacts. No contacts.. No visor… Play regresses..

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