Mike Evans has the right take on recent Buccaneers offensive change

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Few Buccaneers players in the history of the franchise are loved as much as Mike Evans. Fans should pay attention when he speaks.

Mike Evans is an NFL record holder, future member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor, the best offensive player in franchise history, and quickly building his case for the Hall of Fame when he retires down the road.

Few players on the team have such a finger on the pulse of what is going on while also having a way of impacting that pulse on a weekly basis.

Mike Evans was able to show his status as such a wise leader for the Bucs during this interview with Ari Alexander when discussing Rob Gronkowski:

First of all, Evans is right that the loss of Gronk is not the end of the world. It’s a change, but the offense isn’t dead.

This retirement is just going to put extra pressure on new people. Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage can step up to the plate and replace some of the catches that Gronk accounted for.

In addition to receivers, Evans also acknowledges that the running backs have extra pressure. Even though he wasn’t named, there are going to be a lot of eyes on Rachaad White and what he can do in the passing game.

If these position groups do step up (let’s not pretend they were perfect in 2021), this team does have a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl like Evans said.

The other part Buccaneers fans may not like as much.

Like everyone else, Evans would love it if Gronk came back and didn’t rule it out, but he is skeptical.

That is where everyone should be.

Those hits that Gronk takes add up. The injuries pile up too, especially when you already have millions of dollars, rings, and a Hall of Fame bust coming your way.

It may not be easy to accept and this is certainly not saying that anyone should give up hope, but Mike Evans knows what is going on with the Buccaneers. It might be time to look past Gronk and plan for ways to make this the best roster possible in his absence.

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