Evans creates a buzz with one-handed catch in minicamp
One hundred and one minutes into his rookie minicamp, Bucs' first-round pick Mike Evans made a breath-taking catch. Leaping and stretching his 6-foot-5 body, he reached for a badly overthrown ball from Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, plucking it out of the air using only his right hand.
Not only does Evans have an obvious vertical advantage over most defensive backs, the Texas A&M star already is demonstrating his ability to elevate the play of the Bucs offense this season.
"You talk to the players about doing something to make the coaches notice them,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "And seeing how guys can perform on
the center stage. we have a first-round draft pick. Great catch by Mike Evans out there today but he's been doing that all week. He's a good football player.''
Evans was among a number of rookies who were able to participate in off-season workouts with the Bucs veterans earlier this week. He joked about being the only player to vomit following a conditioning session.
"It was good getting my feet back wet,'' Evans said. "But after conditioning, I was a little out of shape. I through up after conditioning. I was the only person. But I'm getting back in shape and it's feeling good.''
Temperatures were an unseasonably mild 75 degrees Friday, but Evans continued to be the Bucs' hottest rookie receiver, catching everything thrown his way.
"Great size, it's good to see him up close going against a 5-10 defensive back,'' Smith said. "We have some big, tall men out there making plays. He has excellent hands. You saw that in college, so we haven't been surprised by an awful lot. You take a player that high in the draft, you expect decent, spectacular plays from him.
"Again, when you draft a player that high, you expect him to do a little bit more than just the ordinary. We've seen Mike do that. Mike had a great college career. Made a lot of plays like that. A lot of times what you see in college, you get to see at the next level, too. We're expecting it.''