To consider calling Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiver Mike Evans excited to get to NFL training camp is an understatement. The fourth-year Pro Bowler will go into training camp healthy and full of expectations.
This season with the Buccaneers could be his best one yet as a professional. Both statistically and in the standings there should be some improvements for Mike Evans. Another huge reason for Evans excitement is whom the Buccaneers brought in to play alongside of him.
Good vibes were created when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year deal (courtesy of ESPN). Jackson’s signing should have a positive effect on the Buccaneers this upcoming season. Also, Jackson’s presence with the Buccaneers have generated some obtainable goals.
Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator Todd Monken has already created a bar (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times) for DeSean Jackson to live up to his end of the contract he signed in March.
“I’ve told him that, ‘We have paid you a hell of a lot of money to be a (very) good player. … We don’t have any old street cred that we’re paying you. No. We need you to be a great player now. Okay? That’s why we gave you the money.”
In DeSean Jackson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope they get a great player. It is definite that the Buccaneers got a legitimate deep threat for quarterback Jameis Winston to throw the football to. And for Mike Evans it means that he will see far less double teams.
DeSean Jackson is the perfect compliment for Mike Evans, both on and off the field.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) June 15, 2017
The lack of attention he will receive is just one reason why Mike Evans is happy these days.
In a May interview with the Houston Chronicle, Mike Evans stated that he and DeSean Jackson could become the NFL’s best wide receiver duo. After the signing was finalized Evans and the Buccaneers’ newest addition had dinner together. Evans’ thought process was simple — create some chemistry on and off the football field.
“As soon as he got signed, we had dinner and we connected right away. We knew each other already. I’ve always been a fan of his game and the swagger he brings. Having him on the team will be very helpful.”
According to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ website, the team’s veterans are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27. There has been plenty of time for Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson to get to know each other, with hopes of having a successful football season.
For Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson to live up to the expectations for the Buccaneers they must remain healthy. Much of that will be on the shoulders of Jackson, who has had two reported concussions in career.
Jackson can control what damage he takes by protecting his head when he gets hit. It must be a joint effort with the Buccaneers’ coaching staff. Much of that are the routes the Buccaneers give him to use on the field. Because Jackson has a lot of home run ability it will be some hard work for the Buccaneers to keep him out of harms way.
The Buccaneers get a receiver in Jackson who has only played in all 16 games twice in his nine seasons. In a perfect world the Buccaneers will want to have Jacksonville on the field for at least 42 out of the 48 games that will be covered in his three years in Tampa Bay.
If that happens wide receiver Mike Evans will be even happier to have a Pro Bowler playing alongside him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It would also mean that the Buccaneers have had both statistical and team success with tandem.
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