It didn’t take long for Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans to impress coach Lovie Smith.
Smith said after watching Evans on the field at the Bucs’ rookie minicamp that he thinks he’s found a keeper in his first-round draft pick, who is showing off the same great hands he showed off at Texas A&M.
“You talk to the players about doing something to make the coaches notice them,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “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 less impressed with himself, however, saying that he realized after doing some conditioning work with the Bucs’ veterans that he’s not in good enough shape.
“It was good getting my feet back wet,” Evans said. “But after conditioning, I was a little out of shape. I threw up after conditioning. I was the only person. But I’m getting back in shape and it’s feeling good.”
Smith hopes that Evans can make opposing defensive coordinators throw up this season.