There’s already panic in Tampa Bay and the season hasn’t even started yet. One thing is for certain - that “offensive weapon powerhouse” narrative may be put to the test right out of the gate.
Wide receiver Mike Evans missed practice Wednesday due to a hamstring issue and is currently listed as “day-to-day.” When asked about it during his media availability, head coach Bruce Arians said “We’ll take it all the way to the wire with him. He’s gotten 1,000 reps already for this game the whole camp. It’ll just be a game-time decision. If he doesn’t go [in practice] on Friday, we’ll take it all the way to the ballgame. If he can’t play, other guys will step in and step up.”
The story around the Bucs all off-season was how many weapons Tom Brady had. If the Bucs have to go without Evans, expect heavy work from the trio of tight ends as well as camp favorite Scotty Miller.
Other injuries for the Bucs were safety Andrew Adams (Hamstring), cornerback Parnell Motley (Hamstring), and cornerback Ryan Smith (Ankle).
On the Saints side, there were a few injuries as well. Defensive end Marcus Davenport (Elbow), punter Blake Gilikin (Back), and center Cesar Ruiz (Ankle) were all held out of practice.