Mike Evans is coming off a bit of a weird season. His raw numbers, 73 catches for 1,206 yards and three touchdowns, were pretty good. An improvement in every way except touchdowns on his rookie season. But Evans also had some struggles: a few too many drops, a few too many somewhat silly flags, and a whole lot of failures to connect on deep balls — though that was at least in part on Jameis Winston’s accuracy, too.
This year, Evans is vowing to improve in every respect. With veterans reporting for training camp today, the media got to talk to a few of the players, and Mike Evans told them that not only had he and Winston been working on the deep ball, he was doing a lot more preventative work on his hamstrings to...well....prevent hamstring injuries that hampered him in the past, while vowing to “calm it down more”, as Roy Cummings quotes him, and stop a few of those silly flags.
Hopefully, Evans is correct — the drops, in particular, need to be reduced, though it wasn’t as bad as some made it out to be. Evans has all the talent in the world and could be one of the best receivers in the league. And at 23 years old entering his third season in the NFL, he has plenty of time to get to a high level. A 1,500-yard season as the team’s number one receiver should be within reach, if everything goes to plan. It’ll be interesting to see how close he’ll come to that.