Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Weary Bucs get day off after sloppy practice

Day of rest

After four straight days of practice, Bucs players will enjoy a mandatory day off today. The fatigue resulted in some poor execution and two fumbles late in Monday's practice during the team period.

"The defense beat us down today and then we had a lot of mental mistakes," WR Mike Evans said. "Everybody is tired, but we'll fix it up. It's nothing that we can't handle."

Coach Dirk Koetter blamed the offense's sloppiness on a lack of concentration.

"Late in practice we're wearing down a little bit, which is to be expected when it's hot and humid," Koetter said. "We're getting a little sloppy with our fundamentals on both sides, we're getting a little sloppy with our mental errors. So that happened, we've got to get better at that, no question."

Mutual admiration

Evans was excited about a Twitter shoutout from Dwyane Wade after the new Bulls guard watched an ESPN E:60 special about Evans' life and overcoming the murder of his father by his uncle.

Wade tweeted: My 3rd time watching E:60 abt @MikeEvans13_ I have nothing but admiration for what he has gone thru & has since achieved! #Born4Greatness.

"It means the world to me," Evans said. "If you know me, you know he's my favorite athlete, and I felt like a big kid when I saw that. Great player, great guy, and I think the world of him, and it meant a lot to me."

Quote of the day

"It's been great. (DT) Gerald (McCoy) has really just been killing us. You just see why he's in the Pro Bowl (or) running up for the Pro Bowl every single year. And that's so good because (G) Ali (Marpet) is coming back off that ankle injury and he's holding his own. Ali's holding his own, and they're all just doing great. (DE) Noah Spence is amazing, he's doing really good out there. But that's how you make a good team — iron sharpens iron."

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