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Mike Evans agrees: Jameis could emerge as MVP candidate

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolls out of the pocket agains the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 11, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jameis Winston decided at the Pro Bowl to take football even more seriously, getting himself into great shape. Those efforts paid off with a big Week One road win at Atlanta, prompting some (e.g., me) to put Winston on the way-too-early MVP radar screen. Is that crazy?

“Not at all,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans told PFT Live recently. “I think that’s what a lot of people should be thinking because he has the talent to do so. If we keep making plays that we’re supposed to make for him then anything is possible.”

Regardless of whether the Bucs emerge as a playoff contender and/or Winston emerges as a legitimate MVP candidate, the team has come a long way in two years, when they started Evans’ rookie season without an offensive coordinator after Jeff Tedford took a medical leave of absence.

“I still talk about it now with some of the guys,” Evans said. “We are out there just freelancing a lot of the time. We didn’t have an offensive coordinator so all our position coaches had to come together and make a game plan. It was difficult but we tried to make it work the best we could but now with Dirk [Koetter] and his experience with offense it’s crazy different.”

It’s crazy better, too. And the opportunity to put everyone on notice of how much better it is comes today, at Arizona.

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13 Responses to “Mike Evans agrees: Jameis could emerge as MVP candidate”
  1. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 18, 2016 11:03 AM

    After one game?

  2. 6ball says: Sep 18, 2016 11:03 AM

    Tough break for Jimmy Garopollo who finished a single vote behind Winston, or is it premature to be predicting that?

  3. cobrala2 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:10 AM

    I’d like to point out that there are no “big wins” against Atlanta. That’s giving the Falcons way too much credibility.

  4. pats777 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:12 AM

    Baby steps Bucs, baby steps.

  5. toddsuperbowles says: Sep 18, 2016 11:24 AM

    Like him or not, Winston’s the real deal. Bucs over 7.5 wins was my lock of 2016

  6. 700levelvet says: Sep 18, 2016 11:33 AM

    They lose… By 21… Remember Arians is a genius…lol

  7. dino2997 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:47 AM

    Winston is going to have competition from Carson Wentz for the MVP according to Eagles fans.

  8. chippysbinky says: Sep 18, 2016 11:56 AM

    (yawn) Not saying he won’t be one but after one game it’s possible someone currently on a practice squad could emerge as a legit MVP candidate.

  9. rccola39 says: Sep 18, 2016 12:10 PM

    In 2011 in Matthew Staffords first full season as a Lion. He threw 5k and 41 tds leading a team to playoffs who were 0-16 prior to drafting him and laughing stock of lg for years….. no mvp consideration

  10. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 18, 2016 12:42 PM


  11. sportnorcal says: Sep 18, 2016 12:43 PM

    HAHAHA, hilarious.

    No offense to Jameis, he MIGHT, I just cant stand all this talk already before week two has even been played. So much football yet to be played – let’s calm down.

  12. avanderlay says: Sep 18, 2016 1:01 PM

    I wanted so bad to like Lovie, but I will never forgive him for going an entire season without an OC. It was a situation he could have easily corrected before the first regular season snap or any time thereafter. So foolish.

  13. baldbuc says: Sep 18, 2016 7:27 PM

    After today’s game Evans has changed his mind.

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