Koetter: Winston to Evans deep ball connection must improve
Bucs QB Jameis Winston did a lot of great things in winning Rookie of the Year, but throwing the ball down the field to WR Mike Evans was not one of them.
In passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, Winston went 14 of 53 for 454 yards and only one touchdown. Evans saw his average fall from 16.3 to 15.5 yards per catch and his touchdowns decline from 12 to three.
“We need to do better with the deep balls,'' Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "That’s one thing that will be a big push for us in the off-season will be to get Jameis and Mike Evans on the same page on deep balls because Mike Evans is such a huge down-the-field threat and we need to do a better job in that area. Mike had a better year in that respect his rookie year than he did in year two and part of that is Jameis has to learn where to put the ball and to give Mike a chance to use his size down the field. That is one area Jameis not only can do it but I’m pretty sure he will.
Evans has been limited by injuries in each of his two preseasons. As a result, he had to get into game shape by playing during the regular season and was also plagued by drops.
"Mike is the guy we usually try to target down the field,” Koetter said, “And there are some coaching points the spot he has to get in, too, so both have to do better.’’