Mike Evans 'banged up' but still grateful for first Pro Bowl
ORLANDO -- For Bucs fans frustrated to see receiver Mike Evans on the sidelines throughout Sunday's Pro Bowl, don't be angry at NFC coach Jason Garrett.
Evans, who barely played and was not targeted in the NFC's 20-13 loss to the AFC, said after the game that he was "a little banged up" but still enjoyed being a part of his first Pro Bowl experience.
"I was a little banged up, but I still wanted to come out here and experience this Pro Bowl. It was off the chain," Evans said on the field after the game. "The fans showed mad love, it was a great experience and hopefully I'm blessed enough to get back here."
Evans played early in the game but didn't have a pass thrown his way, and didn't play in the second half, watching from the sidelines as the NFC and teammate Gerald McCoy came up just short. Evans ranked among the NFL's leaders in catches (96), yards (1,321) and touchdown catches (12), but also said he's glad he can catch his breath.
"I'm happy it's over though. I get to go home, chill with my family and get ready for next season," Evans said. "
Evans wouldn't elaborate on his injury, but said it's nothing that would keep him from taking part in minicamps and OTAs this spring once he's rested up a bit.
"I'm a little dinged up. I wanted to play a few plays to get the experience," he said. "We have a lot of great guys and I trusted them. I didn't feel like I was ready to go full-go. Just some rest and chilling with the family."