Friday update: Evans was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but got a full practice in on Friday and was taken off the injury report, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. The team will need him with Chris Godwin currently doubtful to play.
Going into Week 1, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans hadn’t practiced for two weeks and gave himself a 25 percent chance of playing against the New Orleans Saints, per The Athletic’s Greg Auman. Evans also said he wasn’t 100 percent during the game, as he could feel the injury when cutting.
#Bucs WR Mike Evans says he didn't run full speed until the game. It was painful, but when it loosened up a bit the adrenaline helped. It was rare that he got single coverage, but when he did, that's when the PIs happened. He felt the hamstring when he would turn and cut.— PewterReport (@PewterReport) September 17, 2020
The good news is that Evans says he is “over the hump” with his hamstring and soft tissue issues, per Stroud. He was limited on Wednesday, but did get work in practice. We’ll see what his designation for Thursday and Friday end up being, but if they’re going to throw him out there at less than 100 percent, he looks more than ready to go this week.
The Bucs might need him more than last week, as Chris Godwin has been unable to practice due to a concussion so far this week. If he can’t go, Evans will be a busy receiver on Sunday against the Panthers. Scotty Miller would also see a big uptick in work along with Justin Watson and tight ends O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski.