Evans posted five tackles (four solo) and scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery during the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints in Week 1. The second-year safety alertly scooped up a Mike Gillislee fumble late in the second quarter and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bucs a 31-17 lead at the time. The athletic Evans should see a significant bump in his IDP stock this season as the starting strong safety, as he brings an impressive all-around skill set to the position.
Evans (foot) participated in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Evans was sidelined for over a week this preseason due to a foot injury, but appears to have recovered in time for the Buccaneers' season-opener against the Saints this Sunday. If Evans is healthy enough to suit up Week 1, he projects to serve as Tampa's starting safety.
Evans (foot) isn't expected to play in Friday's game against Detroit, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Evans hasn't practiced since being carted off during Tuesday's practice session, making his absence unsurprising. Keith Tandy will figure to see some extra reps in Friday's game as Evans remains sidelined.
Evans was held out of Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Evans was carted off the practice field during Tuesday's session. The Bucs remain confident that Evans' foot issue won't linger into the regular season. If it happens to, Keith Tandy figures to slide into the starting strong safety spot. With a rather deep secondary, Tampa Bay likely won't rush Evans back before he's 100 percent.
Evans, who was credited with two solo tackles and pass breakup in Thursday's 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, saw time as a slot corner in Saturday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. The move speaks to both the second-year player's athleticism and the team's lack of depth at the cornerback position at present. Vernon Hargreaves (groin) is facing a multiweek absence, while Brent Grimes has returned to practice but was still held out of team drills Saturday. Evans is listed as the starting free safety in the team's initial depth chart, but he displayed the ball skills during his two years at Texas A&M (11 pass breakups and five interceptions over 25 games) to potentially hang with slot wideouts down the field at the NFL level.
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