Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said top cornerback Patrick Peterson won't shadow
While the comment may initially sound like good news for Evans' owners, Bettcher does seem to be acknowledging that Peterson will follow the 23-year-old wideout for at least some of Sunday's game. Ultimately, it's unwise to put much faith in pregame comments of this sort, but in any case, Evans is a weekly must-start in nearly any format, regardless of matchup. Peterson's actual role won't be clear until Sunday's game is well under way.
Evans secured five of seven targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Falcons.
Jameis Winston's No. 1 target lived up to the hype Sunday, using his height on several occasions, including a highlight-reel 45-yard scoring grab in the third quarter. Evans used his formidable hand strength to secure the tough catch up high and hang on as he went to the ground for the score. After an offseason in which he reportedly lost approximately 20 pounds, Evans looked like he was ready to put a drop-laden 2015 season behind him in the opener.
Evans lost 15 pounds over this offseason and now weighs between 220-225 pounds, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports.
Evans' weight is now around where is was during his college days at Texas A&M and he hopes it'll help him bounce back from what he calls a 'bad' 2015 season. Although Evans still totaled 1,206 receiving yards last year, he also led the league with 11 drops and his touchdown count dropped from 12 in his rookie year to just three last term. Going into Sunday's season opener in Atlanta, Evans is focused on being more consistent, which is a completely scary proposition for opposing defenses to consider, as the 23-year-old has already proven wildly productive despite any shortcomings through his first couple seasons.
Evans won't take the field for Wednesday's preseason game against the Redskins, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
In his most extensive action of the preseason last Friday, Evans showed an improved rapport with Jameis Winston, accounting for five catches, 115 yards, and one touchdown in the first half. With a baseline set for the regular season, Evans is ready to roll and thus has no reason to risk injury in Wednesday's exhibition.
Evans caught five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown (five targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.
Evans did all of his damage in the first half, helping Jameis Winston put up 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns before halftime. Winston did a better job of getting his secondary options involved this week, but it was still Evans who came up with the big plays to lead Tampa's attack. Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 78 yards on nine targets, with Charles Sims contributing three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown, and Adam Humphries adding two catches for 39. Conspicuously absent was TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught his only target for a five-yard gain. In any case, Evans figures to lead the Bucs by a wide margin in targets per game, with plenty of his work coming in the end zone.
|5||10/10/16||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/23/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||68||1051||15.5||56||12||20||4||46|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||14||74||1206||16.3||68||3||21||2||63|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||3||21||301||14.3||45||3||2||1||17|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Men's Jameis Winston Charcoal Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tri-Blend Name & Number T-Shirt Shop Now!