News Channel 8 Sports’ Gabrielle Shirley followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver, Mike Evans, to Pro Bowl practice in Orlando on Wednesday. Evans, who is attending the event for the second time in five NFL seasons, tells us he had a feeling he was going to move from the list of alternates to the list of participants. He would be correct.
He also shared his thoughts on the future of the Buccaneers organization under the new head coach, Bruce Arians.
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about Bruce,” says Evans. “I am just looking forward to it. This is going to be my third coach going on my sixth year so…”
He implies he is accustomed to the change at the head coaching position.
“It is my job to be a professional and play ball and that is what I am going to do,” Evans tells us.
Who will be “playing ball” with him? Evans responded to a question about the future of the team’s veteran wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. Jackson averaged 18.9 yards per catch, which ranks third in the league among players with more than 10 receptions.
“He is an extraordinary player with extraordinary talent that you cannot find just anywhere,” says Evans. He tells us he has spoken to him recently. “We went fishing. I hope he comes back but, if not, that is his decision and the team’s decision.”
Evans also complimented the play of another wide receiver, Adam Humphries. Humphries recorded career high numbers in receptions, yards, and touchdowns this past season.
“He deserves to be paid,” Evans says, “and hopefully it is here.”
The Pro Bowl receiver has not spoken to Bruce Arians yet but he is excited to start the conversation.
“I have heard nothing but good things about him,” says Evans, “and I am looking forward to getting to work with him.”