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Dirk Koetter: Mike Evans needs more consistent work habits

during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Getty Images

Wide receiver Mike Evans caught more passes for more yards during his second season with the Buccaneers than he did while catching 68 balls for 1,051 yards as a rookie.

That looks like exactly the kind of progress that you’d like to see in a wideout drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft, but Evans’ season wasn’t an entirely positive one. Dropped passes were an issue for Evans all season, including a six-drop day in a loss to the Giants, and working to cut them out of his game will be part of the team’s plans heading into next season.

Speaking at the league meetings on Wednesday, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that Evans needs to be more consistent in his preparation and work habits in order to get the most out of his talent.

Koetter has high hopes for that effort and believes Evans will reboud, “if we can call 1,200 yards a bad year.”

Calling it a bad year would be a stretch, but it could have been a better one and the Bucs would like to see what happens if Evans can put it all together.

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9 Responses to “Dirk Koetter: Mike Evans needs more consistent work habits”
  1. dorsiaonafriday says: Mar 23, 2016 8:14 AM

    One could legitimately argue Tampa Bay has at least 2 more wins last year without constant (and I mean every damn game) drops by Mike Evans and his CFL-bound teammates Russell Shepard and Donteea Dye.

  2. InLavonteWeTrust says: Mar 23, 2016 8:27 AM

    Evans needs to work on his drops for sure but the Bucs need to draft another WR. Vjax doesn’t have much left in the tank and can’t stay healthy to save his life.

  3. rdstpa2 says: Mar 23, 2016 8:33 AM

    I like him but he had too many drops and penalties. Agree with Koetter that he will get better.

  4. sportingstables says: Mar 23, 2016 9:00 AM

    Forget a 2nd WR, how about fixing that pathetic defense

  5. theghostofottograham says: Mar 23, 2016 9:04 AM

    What do you expect from someone that learned work ethic from Johnny Football…?

  6. onermedboxer says: Mar 23, 2016 9:18 AM

    How refreshing is Koetter?

    He might not be the answer in Tampa, but the guy gives straight up, no nonsense answers. Unlike Lovie who would whisper his way around the point he was trying to make

  7. ronin262 says: Mar 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    Mike Evans has all the talent in the world and the Bucs were smart to draft him. He will continue to improve and contribute greatly to any success the Bucs have over the next 8-10 years. He has a great mentor in Vincent Jackson and is hopefully listening to him.

  8. realfootballfan says: Mar 23, 2016 10:04 AM

    This guy is going to be lucky he lasts 2 years. The big question is whether Licht and Winston get dragged down through it with him as he fails, especially Winston because we all know Tampa fan is rational and never blames their QB for bad coaching.

  9. MichaelEdits says: Mar 24, 2016 12:44 PM

    If he doesn’t stop dropping the ball they’ll ship him to Carolina.

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