Sunday, November 18, 2018
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Bucs WR Mike Evans on one-catch game: ‘I know where I can improve. Got to make the corrections’

TAMPA — Bucs receiver Mike Evans acknowledged that Sunday's one-catch game against the Panthers wasn't his best, but he's moving on.

Evans — who entered Sunday averaging 110 receiving yards — was targeted 10 times, but made just one catch, marking just the third time in 69 career NFL games that he was held to a single catch or fewer.

"That's just one game," Evans said Wednesday. "I've watched the film. I know where I can improve. Got to make the corrections."

Evans gave credit to Carolina cornerback James Bradberry, who covered Evans well. Bradberry allowed just one catch on seven balls thrown his way and made three tackles and had two pass breakups. The two players exchanged jerseys after the game.

"I've played him like four times in my career," Evans said. "He's a really good player. I like his game a lot, really physical. He definitely got the better of me this matchup."

"His rookie year (in 2016), when I first played against him, he was really physical," Evans added. "He was very excited when we were playing the game, always asking me questions and stuff like that. I like his game a lot."

Curry out again with ankle

Defensive end Vinny Curry, who returned Sunday after missing the previous two games with because of an ankle injury, missed Wednesday's first practice of the week. The Bucs' injury report listed him with an ankle injury.
Curry practiced all week last week, though he was limited in the team's earlier practices.

Offensive lineman Evan Smith returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday. He missed Sunday's game with a hip injury. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was limited last week, was a full participant on Wednesday. Running back Peyton Barber was limited with an ankle injury that's bothered him for the last two weeks.

Evans (knee) and offensive tackle Demar Dotson (knee/shoulder) missed Wednesday's practice, and they were absent from last week's early practices but still played on game day. Running back Ronald Jones (hamstring) and cornerback M.J. Stewart (foot) both missed practice Wednesday.

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