The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been trying and failing to get the deep ball going this year, but they finally got one. It took them until week 15 and they needed two tries to get there, but Mike Evans grabbed a 42-yard touchdown pass on a really impressive catch.
How’s that for concentration? And pay attention to Winston shaking off a pass-rusher to keep the play alive, too.
The Bucs tried to get the ball to Evans deep a drive earlier, too, but a long touchdown was negated by offensive pass interference on a clear push-off by Evans—only the second offensive pass interference he’d been called for all season.
One reason Evans is getting all these looks is that all the other weapons on the team are injured: O.J. Howard and DeSean Jackson both headed to the locker room earlier, while Cameron Brate is playing through a knee injury.
And just to show you how rare this play has been for the Bucs this year: it’s only their fourth 40+-yard pass, all season. That’s fifteen games, four 40+-yard passes. And one of those was a short pass that DeSean Jackson turned into a 41-yard scamper.