2014 rookie sensation Mike Evans spoke to the media of Tuesday at One Buc Place and talked on a number of subjects including new QB Jameis Winston, former teammate at Texas A&M Deshazor Everett and the new offense of Dirk Koetter. Below is a full transcript from Evans’ time at the podium on Monday.
(On catching passes from quarterback Jameis Winston this year)
“You don’t know if he’ll be throwing to us for sure, but he is the No. 1 pick. He’s a great player and I watched him throughout his college career. He can hang in that pocket and deliver the ball. Being in that position last year, my mind was spinning and going crazy. It’s an exciting time though and he should enjoy it and come ready to work next week.”
(On the challenges Winston faces getting acclimated to the NFL)
“I don’t think it will be a big challenge for him. He’s a confident guy. He’s a real smart guy. He’s a quarterback. For me, we had a lot of veteran receivers last year and they helped me along the way, so he’ll have a lot of help here and he’ll be fine.”
(On if he has had a chance to speak with Winston yet)
“No. After he got drafted, I texted him and told him congratulations. He was really excited and ready to go.”
(On if he was on board with drafting Winston or if he was hoping Marcus Mariota was the pick)
“Out of him and Mariota, I like Winston more. He doesn’t run as much, but with that being said, I think he will come in and do well for us. We have Mike Glennon still, so they’ll be good competition for each other. I’m excited to have him. He can play ball.”
(On why he likes Winston more than Mariota)
“He can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball. That’s more opportunities for the receivers, but Mariota can play ball a well.”
(On having a mobile quarterback in college)
“Yeah, I did my time with the mobile quarterback and that was fun. It was fun. It got me more opportunities for more balls – scramble rules and stuff like that – but in this league it is tough to scramble. I think Jameis will be fine.”
(On his preparation in his second year compared to his rookie season)
“It’s been great. We have a new offensive coordinator (Dirk Koetter). He’s a real smooth guy. He’s going to get his playmakers the ball. I picked-up on the offense. We are doing well just going out there. The offense is coming to us real quick and it’s going to be fun. The offseason was great. With three, four months off, my body healed up and I’m ready to go.”
(On if he was able to devote more time to training this offseason because of less traveling and preparing for the draft)
“Yeah, absolutely. This time last year I was coming off a lot of visits. I didn’t work out much and it caused me to strain my hamstring the first day of (offseason team activities). I wasn’t training or anything like that. I wasn’t in shape. Now, I’m in shape and I’m ready to go.”
(On not having a break between the end of the college season and rookie mini-camp)
“Yeah, It’s like going two years straight, or however long you were in college. You don’t get any break. You do spring ball. Then you do camp. Then you do you whole season, train for the combine and then you have to do workouts for teams and stuff like that. Then you go right into OTAs in the NFL and it’s tough. The strong will survive.”
(On if he has spoken with wide receivers Kenny Bell or Kaelin Clay and if he has seen tape on them)
“I’ve seen both of them play. Kenny Bell had one of the best blocks I’ve ever seen, maybe the best. I’ve seen (Kaelin Clay), he’s a return specialist. He’s very dynamic. I just followed those guys on Twitter. I didn’t reach out to them or anything like that. Just letting them enjoy this time and I’ll speak to them when they come in.”
(On if he is a goal-driven person and if he has set any goals for the upcoming season)
“Yeah, I set goals. Not statistical goals, but what I can do as far as team goals and goals that can’t be measured on stats. I do stuff like rookie of the year last year. I came up short on that. This year I want to be a Pro Bowler, things like that. I want to make the playoffs. Those are my two main goals right now.”
(On where he thinks he can improve as a receiver)
“Route running, I think. Understanding coverage more. I had a good feel for it last year and I came on late, but I think I can improve on that and become a much better receiver.”
(On if he had any goals on getting physically better such as improving strength or speed)
“Just being in shape. My voluntary workouts came along and I’m in shape.”
(On playing with cornerback Deshazor Everett at Texas A&M)
“Me and him had a lot of battles. We came in together, class of 2011. That boy is a baller. I think he will have a real good shot at making the team. He works hard. He can play safety, nickel or corner. He’ll do the dirty work. He’ll get on special teams. He’ll do whatever it takes. I’m excited about having him here.”
(On if he has goals to become a stronger leader in his second year)
“Yeah. Last year, late in the season I tried to become more of a leader, you know, speak up. This year, I’m going to do more of the same. The guys that make plays, I think they should be the leaders.”
(On if he expected for teams to make it difficult on him in his rookie season)
“Yeah man, like I said earlier about understanding coverage and things, I always thought I was open, no matter what. You watch film and there would be some times without me knowing and I understand why Josh [McCown] or Mike [Glennon] didn’t throw it. Just understanding more coverages, I think I’ll be fine.”
(On what stands out about Dirk Koetter)
“He really knows football and is going to get his playmakers the ball. That’s all I can pretty much say right now as far as offense goes.”
(On what it means to him to hear Winston’s excitement about now having two tall receivers to throw to)
“It’s a great reaction for him and for us. Hopefully he’ll give us some opportunities and we’ll make some plays for him, if he is the one throwing to us.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
I like how Evans is loyal to Glennon and doesn’t just assume the job is Jameis’s. I sure hope the coaching staff takes that approach as well. Give Jameis tons of reps as 1st team QB but make him earn the actual starting job.
Agreed, anointing McCown upon signing last year was a disaster for our QB, Oline, and RB play. Glennon has hung tough through the Schiano-Lovie drama and plays heads-up football; he’s earned the opportunity to compete for 1st string. I think putting Jameis on the back-burner to start out will teach him some humility and supercharge his competitive edge…although I’m dying to see Mariota/Winston go head to head
Do the Cowboys not need to follow the same salary cap rules as the rest of us…or do the rest of us just not get that we’re allowed to spend money too…how does L Collins sign with the Cowboys???
UDFA have a restricted maximum salary (low compared to veterans) about 500-800k/year and they can renegotiate after 2 years…typically none of it is guaranteed..as for Collins they guaranteed him the whole 1.7mill over 3 years (~570k/year) as a condition to get him to play in Dallas. Collins would have been stupid to join the reigning worst O-line in football..let’s be honest
Yeah… The basically got a free first rounder. Maybe he grew up a cowpokes fan and that’s why he signed with them. Lame… Maybe one day, a coveted player will join the Bucs because he was a Winston fan growing up.
Maybe we should’ve spent a 7th Round pick on l. Collins
Most players like the star on the helmet. Not many players want to play for the Bucs. Another reason Winston was a good choice, he wanted to play for the Bucs. Maybe in two or three years Tampa will be the hot place for to play.
Well Jameis gave him a few calls ,but I never held out hope the Glazers and Land L would take a chance on him. They took some heat for Jameis and I didn’t think they would go the route of Collins. You know Jerry doesn’t give two shit’s about image. He’s all about the wins.He basically got three first round talents for one first round pick.
I’m kind of hoping it blows up in their faces like Hardy…can’t stand the Cowgirls
Terrible interview on Evans part. Lots of contradictions in what he said. I guess as long as he can ball, that’s the main thing that matters…public speaking will come in time.
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