The second-year safety wasn't overly active, especially considering that Matt Ryan put the ball up 41 times and Falcons running backs logged 21 attempts overall. Evans wasn't involved in many of the chunk plays Atlanta was able to generate against the beleaguered Bucs secondary, and he's been fairly solid overall as the starting strong safety thus far this season. He's been consistent on the tackle front as well, logging between four and six stops in every contest while also snagging one interception. He'll look to help slow Baker Mayfield and a talented Browns pass-catching corps in Week 7.
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 does for some reason, 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.
The rookie was one of five players the Buccaneers officially shut down for the season Wednesday after he injured his ankle in Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons. Fellow safety Isaiah Johnson was added to the 53-man roster in a corresponding move, but it's expected that holdover Chris Conte will assume Evans' starting role. Evans concludes the 2017 campaign with 66 tackles and three interceptions across 14 contests.
Evans (ankle) could be placed on injured reserve later this week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
One of several Buccaneers players to exit Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons due to injury, Evans looks like he could be dealing with more than a minor ankle issue. With the Buccaneers out of playoff contention, there's little for the team to gain by running its starting safety out for the final two contests of the season at less than full health. If Evans is in fact shut down, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could pick up more snaps in the secondary.
Evans left the game in the second quarter and was replaced at strong safety by Chris Conte. Expect an update on Evans' status later this week once the team has a chance to examine him more thoroughly.
|8||10/28/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||66||50.0||16||0||3||28||9.3||15||0||6|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||25||21.0||4||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0||0||0||1||34||1||1|