Bucs receivers coach unconcerned about Mike Evans’ lack of targets

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For whatever reason, Tom Brady and Mike Evans have not hit it off. Brady is the GOAT, and Evans is one of the best receivers in the NFL.

Evans has 52 targets, which ties for 38th in the league. Stefon Diggs leads the league with 91.

Earlier this week, head coach Bruce Arians offered a backhanded critique of Brady when asked to explain whether the offense was making enough of an effort to get Evans involved.

“Mike was open a bunch in that ball game,” Arians said. “He didn’t get targeted. That was all. Mike was open.”

Buccaneers receivers coach Kevin Garver was more diplomatic Wednesday.

“There’s one football, and Tom does a great job distributing the football,” Garver said, via NFL.com.

Of Buccaneers’ pass catchers with at least 150 routes run this season, Evans has the lowest target rate at 16 percent, according to Next Gen Stats. Evans’ rate is also the 12th-lowest in the entire NFL among qualifying receivers.

“I’ve never met a receiver that doesn’t want the football,” Garver said. “If they’re open they want to get the football. That’s every receiver; that’s every team. Our approach, our mindset, if we can have the best 11 on the field, we want the best 11.”

Evans does have seven touchdowns, with six coming on nine red zone targets.

13 responses to “Bucs receivers coach unconcerned about Mike Evans’ lack of targets

  1. Brady would rather have AB than Evans, though goodness knows why. Bucs are gonna regret alienating Evans when AB crashes and burns.

  2. Brown will blow the team up if he doesn’t get enough targets. Godwin and Evans probably won’t. The fact that this is a discussion kind of says it all.

  3. Warnings were out. He runs like 5 routes. And he’s not Moss. And he’s overrrated. Bracket and he’s removed.

    End of story.

  4. If what you’re saying is true, you are basically throwing your QB under the bus without saying it directly. The diplomatic follow up doesn’t change that.

  5. Evans has been struggling all season with injuries, he hasn’t been at full speed. That is a more likely explanation for the lack of targets than the idea that he hasn’t “hit it off” with Brady.

  6. Evan’s circumstances have changed drastically this year. Hes always been the big name reciever on the Bucs and was entitled to a certain amount of attention from his prior bust in the making quarterback. All of that has changed this year. Betweem Godwin (after his break out year last year) Gronk Brown talented running backs & talented back up tight ends all challenge the amount of looks his reputation afforded him. Especially with a quarterback carrying the level of clout Brady has. Brandy’s arrival has changed the system Evan’s knows inside and out and thrived in. The chemistry isnt there but it will come. If hes a true winner he will value less targets catches and yards that mean something. Hes playing for much more than stats for the first time

  7. Typical. Expected. Predictable.

    Tom Brady is not the GOAT. A great QB would find a way to make any great WR greater. Brady is a system QB and for one system: a dink and donk/one read pre-snap QB.

    This is why there was never a great outside threat WR in New England. Because Tommy Boy can’t get the ball there.

  8. He has more targets, catches, yards and TDs than anybody on the team. Arians is coming across as more of a nitwit every day.

  9. sweetzinger says:
    November 12, 2020 at 3:23 am
    Typical. Expected. Predictable.

    Tom Brady is not the GOAT. A great QB would find a way to make any great WR greater. Brady is a system QB and for one system: a dink and donk/one read pre-snap QB.

    This is why there was never a great outside threat WR in New England. Because Tommy Boy can’t get the ball there.

    ————————————————————————————————

    Tom Brady and Randy Moss and their 47 TDs in 3 years have something to say about that. Let alone the NFL record of 23 in 2007.

  10. @ mikefloreo

    Everybody calls Moss “One-route Randy”. Run deep, lob ball it up there, and let Moss jump-ball it. Ask Daunte Culpepper.

    That 2007 team, they ran up the score on the garbage teams and padded their stats. Nobody in the history of the NFL did that, not for an entire season.

    Oh, and that 2007 team, lost to a 9-7 Giants team 17-14 in the Superbowl. Ya, 14 points.
    And barely beat that 9-7 Giants team during the regular season when Steve Spagnuolo said “we kept things close to the vest in the regular season matchup. We didn’t show them everything”. Moss had a sultry 5 catches in the SB.

    And all the Giants did was shut down the system.

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