Evans (hamstring) was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill-position players that worked out with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report. Team facilities are beginning to open up for a limited number of administrative employees, but coaches and players are still prohibited from reporting. However, the NFL is allowing players to get together for workouts in their local cities as long as they are abiding by governmental regulations. With Florida beginning to quickly loosen restrictions, Brady has wasted no time getting together with as many of his key skill players as possible. Evans is naturally at the head of that group, and Tuesday, he could be seen walking through routes alongside his new quarterback in order to nail down exactly where Brady wants him to make his cuts. Evans averaged 78.8 receptions, 1,241.8 yards and 7.2 touchdowns across 15 games per season over his five campaigns playing with Jameis Winston, and those already impressive numbers are expected to potentially see a boost with the significant upgrade at quarterback. At the very least, Evans' presence at the workout Tuesday suggests he's moved past the right hamstring strain that sidelined him for the Bucs' final three games of the 2019 season.
Evans (hamstring) is slated to catch passes from Tom Brady during the 2020 season after the latter agreed to a two-year deal with the Buccaneers this week, Jim Trotter of NFL.com reports. Despite playing with interception-prone Jameis Winston, Evans proved to be an excellent fit for coach Bruce Arians' offense during his first season in the scheme in 2019. The towering wideout generated a solid 67-1,157-8 line across 13 games before a hamstring injury held him out of the final three regular-season contests. Evans has averaged over 17.0 yards per grab in each of the last two seasons, a stretch during which he's logged 43 receptions of 20 or more yards and 13 of 40 yards or greater. There are some lingering questions about Brady's arm strength after he reportedly dealt with some elbow issues over the final quarter of the 2019 campaign, but Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times relays comments from ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who believes the future Hall of Famer still has more than enough in the tank to consistently succeed on the downhill play-action passes and accompanying intermediate routes that are a staple of Arians' system.
Evans (hamstring) didn't play in the Pro Bowl. Evans was named to the initial roster and later replaced by Amari Cooper. The Bucs' star wideout missed the final three weeks of the regular season with a hamstring injury, but he nonetheless surpassed 1,000 yards for a sixth time in as many pro seasons. Evans is signed through 2023, while quarterback Jameis Winston just completed the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. There hasn't been any report of Evans requiring offseason surgery.
The Buccaneers placed Evans (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Evans hasn't practiced in any capacity since strained his hamstring in a Week 14 win over Indianapolis, so it's not entirely surprising that the Buccaneers have elected to shut him down. Tampa Bay promoted wideout Spencer Schnell from the practice squad Wednesday, adding depth to a position group that will also be missing Scott Miller (hamstring) for the rest of the season, and potentially Chris Godwin (hamstring), too. Evans concludes his sixth NFL season with 67 receptions for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns over 13 games.
Evans (hamstring) isn't participating in Tuesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Buccaneers haven't ruled Evans out for the season since he strained his hamstring in the Week 14 win over the Colts, but he's now missed four consecutive practices and may be trending toward a second straight missed game Saturday against the Texans. With Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scott Miller (hamstring) also spectators at practice to begin the week, the Buccaneers could be forced to rely heavily on Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson as their starting wideouts versus Houston.
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|1||09/13||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|4||10/04||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|6||10/18||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|7||10/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/03||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|9||11/09||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|11||11/24||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|12||11/29||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
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