On Wednesday, we shared a note about Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans working out with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in Florida ahead of the start of training camp.
Evans isn’t just concentrating on picking Marshall’s brain for tips about how to be an effective big receiver in the NFL, though. He’s also trying to get himself into the best shape possible for his first training camp, something that involves losing some of the extra pounds he’s put on this offseason.
“Physically, I’m not in tip-top shape. I’m getting back into my game shape,” Evans said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I’ve got to lose more weight. I’m too heavy right now,” Evans said. “But the workouts I’ve been doing, I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready.”
Evans had a hamstring injury early in the offseason workout program, but recovered enough to take part in the team’s minicamp and said the time off gave him a chance to delve deeper into a playbook he calls more complicated than the one he was familiar with from college. If Evans’ mind and body are right, the Bucs should feature him early and often on an offense that’s trying to put last year’s dismal output to rest.