Bucs' McCoy, Evans part of Pro Bowl skills competition
A new twist leading up to this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando is a skills competition, taped Wednesday afternoon and to be shown on ESPN on Thursday at 7 p.m., with the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and Mike Evans both taking part in the made-for-TV event.
The competition has quarterbacks throwing passes through moving targets, receivers trying to catch football dropped from drones hovering 100 feet overhead and other unique events. Evans took part in a "best hands" challenge, catching passes from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, going station to station making two-handed and one-handed catches, then a toe-tap sideline catch and an over-the-shoulder catch and back as quickly as possible.
McCoy was especially excited about a new "power relay" challenge, with linemen tasked with moving heavy objects along a course, and he fondly remembers a similar event he watched as a fan back in the VCR days of his youth.
"I'm a little banged up, but I said 'Yeah, I'll do it!'" he said. "I remember when (Warren) Sapp was going against John Randle. I still literally have the VHS tape when I recorded it and Randle went up against Warren Sapp. To have an opportunity to be able to say I've done the same thing. We have to lift this wall, then pull this box and push a sled and have a guy do a 40-yard dash. It's going to be fun. You have fun, you win, you lose, you have a good time."
Would McCoy take part in the "drone drop" competition? "I will not be catching those," he said.
There's also a dodgeball competition, and McCoy said he would be careful: "Von Miller was a little too excited to play dodgeball, so I'm going to stay out of his way."