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Carrying the football in his left hand will be new to WR Evans.

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Receiver Mike Evans played exclusively on the right side of the formation during his two seasons at Texas A&M. Therefore, he learned to carry the football in his right hand.

That's what led to his fumble through the end zone after a 41-yard reception instead of a touchdown in Saturday's 20-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. As he ran down the left side line with a pass from Mike Glennon, the ball was stripped by cornerback Brent Grimes just before Evans reached the goal line and rolled through the end zone for a touchback.

“I wasn’t comfortable holding it in my left so that’s another thing I need to practice on, holding the ball in my outside arm, whatever sideline I’m on,'' Evans said.

“If it’s in the right (arm) and I’m holding it tight, it wouldn’t have come out. But holding it in my left, it wouldn’t have happened at all.''

As Evans points out there have been players, such as Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who carried the football exclusively in their left hand.

Despite the blunder, Evans had a great training camp. He caught his first two passes of the preseason Saturday for 52 yards.

“The most exciting part for me is I get to play in the slot and on the left side,'' Evans said. "I only played on the right side in college. For two years, I’ve never been anywhere else. It’s fun, going into the slot, you’re going to be lined up against a linebacker or safety or something.''

He just has to remember to hang onto the football until he gets into the end zone.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:43pm]

    

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