Bucs' Mike Evans on rough day: 'I put this on me'
Back healthy after being limited by a hamstring injury, receiver Mike Evans was the focus of the Bucs' offense Sunday, targeted for 17 passes, but his day was marked by drops, a costly penalty and missed opportunities, especially on third down.
"I put this on me," said Evans, who finished with seven catches for 101 yards. "There were a lot of plays I should have made on third downs that I didn't come up with. The offense played great. It was up to me to make a couple of plays that could have put us over the hump."
Jameis Winston went 0-for-7 on third downs on passes thrown to Evans, whose mistakes helped keep the Bucs from building any kind of lead on the Texans. Among the biggest miscues:
-- On the opening drive, after a 19-yard pass to Vincent Jackson, Evans was flagged for offensive pass interference, leading to a punt.
-- At the end of the first half, in Texans territory, Evans dropped a pass in field-goal range on third down, forcing a punt.
-- On the opening drive of the second half, Evans dropped an easy screen pass, and an interception followed on the next play on third down.
-- Evans looked to have a third-down conversion in the third, but his catch was overturned on an instant-replay review, ruled no catch.
That's not to say all the misses were Evans' fault, with Winston missing high in some cases, or throwing behind Evans on third down at the Texans' 15-yard line in the fourth quarter with a chance to retake the lead.
"There were a couple of tough catches that I'm capable of making," Evans said. "If I want to be the best, I have to make those plays, and I didn't make most of them. If I had made them, we would have had a better chance to win."