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Mike Evans would rather level a guy than score a touchdown


After Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans made an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft dialed up NBCSN for a previously-scheduled visit to Pro Football Talk.

Asked to identify his best trait, Evans pointed to his physicality.  And he said he’s most proud of his willingness to block.

“[I]n high school I played for a running team, so I had to make sure I knew how to block,” Evans told Erik Kuselias.  “And then you know I got to college and Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and [receivers coach] David Beaty said, ‘If you don’t block, you don’t play.’  That’s what their motto was, so you know I had to block and I just like helping my teammates out as much as possible.”

Asked if he’d rather catch a touchdown pass or level a defensive back who didn’t see it coming, springing a teammate for a score, Evans didn’t hesitate.

“Let me level a guy,” Evans said.  “If it’s clean.  If it’s clean, no flag.  Yeah, definitely.”

At six-five and 240 pounds, we’ve got a feeling that Evans will be doing plenty of leveling at the next level.

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62 Responses to “Mike Evans would rather level a guy than score a touchdown”
  1. canadianbucsfan says: May 20, 2014 11:17 PM

    Happy buc fan right here lol. Evans should be a solid player.

  2. deafcone says: May 20, 2014 11:18 PM

    The NFL has a way of putting rookies in their place.

  3. hardythekraken says: May 20, 2014 11:19 PM

    Maybe he should play a different position…

  4. doctorfootball says: May 20, 2014 11:22 PM

    I suspect he’s going to be doing plenty of both in Tampa. Kid’s got talent

  5. jeffz303 says: May 20, 2014 11:27 PM

    He might want to start avoiding some of that contact, because I heard him today on a radio interview and he sounded like he’s already showing symptoms of brain damage.

  6. footballicus says: May 20, 2014 11:35 PM

    Terrible interview.

  7. naes says: May 20, 2014 11:39 PM

    He’s the guy the Giants needed. Nice pick Tampa.

  8. dickshotdogs says: May 20, 2014 11:41 PM

    Wait! A story about a football player? No, Goodell stuff? I don’t even know what to say!

  9. purple1967 says: May 20, 2014 11:42 PM

    I sure hope he catches & blocks better than his interview on the Jim Rome show went today…If you don’t want to do the interview, just say no.

  10. gmsalpha says: May 20, 2014 11:46 PM

    Good answer, Mr. Evans.

    However, with the way the question was asked, there was no other answer he could give without sounding like a me-first guy.

  11. jaggedmark says: May 20, 2014 11:57 PM

    Just part of the reason why HE was the best receiver drafted in this class, with all due respect to
    Sammy Watkins (also a great receiver).

  12. jbaxt says: May 21, 2014 12:01 AM

    He’ll be leveling guys for a team that will average 4-12 seasons for the next 5 years.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: May 21, 2014 12:05 AM

    Hines Ward 2.0

  14. sweded775 says: May 21, 2014 12:05 AM

    I enjoyed this interview, the questions prompted entertaining answers.

  15. staffordsyear says: May 21, 2014 12:10 AM

    Afterwords Roger Goodell called him and said: “Um yea you cant “level” anyone or not”.

    “Its my job to ruin this game..welcome to the NFL!”

  16. squinn21 says: May 21, 2014 12:21 AM

    Big dude.

  17. jeff2380 says: May 21, 2014 12:26 AM

    Can’t wait to see him on the field 7th overall pick is very high for a big wide receiver who only runs a 4.5. Who doesn’t dominate in any one field beside jump balls. I’m a bucs season ticket holder since 2000 just not really sold on this pick. Matchup nightmare yes but bust nightmare also. Rooting for you mike stay hungry

  18. steelcurtainn says: May 21, 2014 12:39 AM

    Sounds like Mike Evans is in the wrong sport. Maybe he should of took up wrestling.

  19. terrellblowens says: May 21, 2014 12:45 AM

    Doug Martin must love this. Also the reason Chip Kelly wanted him. A WR who is willing to block and truly dominate his opponent in all phases is rare. He will be better than Watkins

  20. mrheavyhustle says: May 21, 2014 12:46 AM

    He’s not a talkative look at me wide receiver and he wants to block, I wish this guy played for my team. He some type of new breed wide receiver WOW

  21. greenbleeder says: May 21, 2014 12:46 AM

    I prefer WRs who like to score touchdowns.

  22. tampabucks05 says: May 21, 2014 12:58 AM


  23. thegreatgabbert says: May 21, 2014 1:00 AM

    The Boom Mike.

  24. mazenblue says: May 21, 2014 1:02 AM

    Good luck with that one bro.

  25. idolized1 says: May 21, 2014 1:10 AM

    “At six-five and 240 pounds, we’ve got a feeling that Evans will be doing plenty of leveling at the next level.”

    Not if he wants to play in today’s league he won’t…

    Didn’t you get the memo?

    Leveling guys is a no-no in Roger World.

  26. ducknichols50 says: May 21, 2014 1:26 AM

    Whats up with size of that decal? Looks like 1992 buffalo bills

  27. jeagan1999 says: May 21, 2014 1:32 AM

    This guy’s a beast! The “Tampa Towers” will be fun to watch this year!

  28. pslbucfan says: May 21, 2014 1:37 AM

    Awesome. I’m liking this kid. Traits similar to Keyshaun without the me first attitude. When key was blocking for the running game or another receiver, he laid some guys out.

  29. dino2997 says: May 21, 2014 2:17 AM

    Doesn’t want to score TD’s on offense? Perfect fit for a Lovie Smith coached team.

  30. rjkilla says: May 21, 2014 2:20 AM

    how about leveling a guy that sees it coming?

  31. speicher145 says: May 21, 2014 3:16 AM


  32. arrogantnation says: May 21, 2014 3:40 AM

    Mike Evans is a bad man.

  33. lionsdraftguy says: May 21, 2014 5:01 AM

    Actually, 230#, not 240.

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: May 21, 2014 5:31 AM

    That’s my kinda football player!
    Now, of course, we’ll have to watch & see if he lives up to it, but hey, football at its essence is about blocking & tackling

  35. lilrob10201 says: May 21, 2014 5:40 AM

    He could make miss matches if he lined up as TE every once and awhile. He gots the size also.

  36. jtm12180 says: May 21, 2014 5:42 AM

    Man this guy would’ve made one heck of a Steeler!

  37. tinytoolalldrool says: May 21, 2014 6:25 AM

    Sounds like blind side Hines Ward.

  38. baltimorons says: May 21, 2014 6:27 AM

    Hello mr 15 yard penalty.

  39. saintsfan1111 says: May 21, 2014 6:37 AM

    or be a complete bust.

  40. dadsource says: May 21, 2014 6:50 AM

    Wish we had him- but Bortles was more of a need. Please don’t be Justin Blackmon II, go be you!

  41. greymares says: May 21, 2014 6:52 AM

    Will turn out to be the Gem of the 2014 draft !!!

  42. lgbarn says: May 21, 2014 6:54 AM

    Best WR from this class. The guy will be a beast in the NFL. Better than Sammy Watkins.

  43. SparkyGump says: May 21, 2014 7:04 AM

    Definitely no the preening, prancing, prima donna WR’s we’ve had to endure over the years. Lucky Buc’s.

  44. stillers1229 says: May 21, 2014 7:06 AM

    Those helmets are just awful.

  45. classyjacklambert says: May 21, 2014 7:31 AM

    That’s good stuff.

  46. wakaflockaflacco says: May 21, 2014 7:36 AM

    Beast, can’t wait to see what he can do at NFL level.

  47. fishfiletkray says: May 21, 2014 7:37 AM

    He’s a special player.

  48. moralsoverpolitics says: May 21, 2014 7:44 AM

    He’s going to be a Star

  49. touchdownroddywhite says: May 21, 2014 8:06 AM

    All of the sudden I’m a little worried about the undersized DB’s on the Falcons…

  50. flmike says: May 21, 2014 8:09 AM

    The “Dunkaneers”
    VJax 6’5″ 230lbs (WR)
    MEvans 6’5″ 230lbs (WR)
    Seferian-Jenkins 6’6″ 260lbs (TE)
    MGlennon 6’7″ 230lbs (QB)

  51. shogunassasin30 says: May 21, 2014 8:17 AM

    I love this guy

  52. bucsfan21 says: May 21, 2014 8:18 AM

    Love this guy already! I think the Bucs got themselves one of the good guys here. Should help out a TON!

  53. uglyglazers says: May 21, 2014 8:24 AM

    Mike will have fun in the club scene here in Tampa. He can level anyone he wants and won’t have to worry about scoring TDs.

  54. hehateme2 says: May 21, 2014 8:36 AM

    He should look to level whoever designed that helmet logo.

  55. donniev77 says: May 21, 2014 8:48 AM

    Worst interview I’ve ever heard on the Jim Rome Show. He was incapable of offering more than 2 or 3 words to answer each question. Rome peppered him with about a dozen questions hoping he would expand on anything before Rome finally cut bait on the interview. Brutal

  56. whysomanylosers says: May 21, 2014 9:01 AM

    donniev77 says:
    May 21, 2014 8:48 AM
    Worst interview I’ve ever heard on the Jim Rome Show. He was incapable of offering more than 2 or 3 words to answer each question. Rome peppered him with about a dozen questions hoping he would expand on anything before Rome finally cut bait on the interview. Brutal


    You sit there and enjoy your good interviews… I prefer to enjoy watching good football.

    Not too many 21 year olds are prepared for national media, this guy was stuck backstage to media darling Manziel…

  57. dkalev says: May 21, 2014 9:15 AM

    Damn I wanted the giants to pick him up… Then again, can’t complain about a guy whose last name is “Beckham”… In fact, I wonder if they will let him kick field goals too…

  58. shaggyjeff says: May 21, 2014 9:33 AM

    Best WR in this years draft !

  59. pftfan says: May 21, 2014 10:00 AM

    Plus, Darrelle Revis will be around to show him how to play the “Buccaneer Way”

  60. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: May 21, 2014 11:20 AM

    Michael Clayton preferred blocking too. Hope this guy can actually catch.

  61. h8glazersgobucs says: May 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    Good! We need some blocking up front after getting rid of 3/5 of our offensive line.

  62. jebdamone says: May 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    im really excited to watch this guy play in the NFL. seems like a really good kid and is an amazing talent. McCowan is going to love him after getting used to throwing balls up to jeffery and marshall.

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