Bring in Tom Brady like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have this off-season and just about everything done in an official and unofficial capacity is going to gain attention. Combine this with private gatherings during growing pandemic concerns, and it only exacerbates things.
This is on full demonstration as private workouts put on by the future Hall of Fame quarterback continue to get aerial coverage by local Tampa media outlets. Teammates like Ryan Jensen, Dare Ogunbowale, Ronald Jones, and Rob Gronkowski have participated in the workouts. As they do, the 2020 Buccaneers become a more familiar squad, and their potential continues to grow.
The Bucs unveiled a first look at star receiver Mike Evans in his new team uniform, and then on Thursday Evans made his first appearance at the private workout sessions. As reported by Kevin O’Donnell with aforementioned aerial coverage to accompany it.
#Brady Watch: You wanted him. We got him. #Bucs Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans has joined the Brady Bunch this morning at Berkeley Prep. Evans in gray tank with his red shoes. No one is stopping these workouts. @TomBrady @MikeEvans13_ @Buccaneers @rojo @DGO23_ @RobGronkowski @sinjen66 pic.twitter.com/gaoxjQ1jhe— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) June 25, 2020
The tweet itself is mostly harmless, demonstrating the ‘Brady-Effect’ which has included coverage of everything from private workouts to harmless visits to the offensive coordinators house.
Former Buccaneers player, and ESPN analyst, Booger McFarland took offense to O’Donnell mentioning the fact nobody is stopping the private workouts despite NFLPA advice players do not congregate among growing concerns over COVID-19.
Nor should they stop them. The nflpa advises against it but didn’t say it was mandatory to stop. Tampa media is going a little over board with helicopters, it’s as if we have never had star players in this town and workouts haven’t taken place. SMH Let the players work— Booger (@ESPNBooger) June 25, 2020
Booger takes a sort of, ‘act like you’ve been here before’, type of response to the news coverage. The expense of fueling a news helicopter for these purposes on such a consistent basis is a little questionable I suppose, but I don’t run their budget, so I’ll leave my thoughts at that.
While I do see McFarland’s point, it’s hard to argue with the fact O’Donnell’s original tweet has over 1,000 likes on Twitter and has reached many more viewers than the number even suggests. Money well spent? You’d have to ask the budget manager.
For now we know Mike Evans is in the lab with his new quarterback, and any work this team is putting towards winning the franchise’s second championship, is good work.
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