Buccaneers have to find a way to get leader more involved

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

While the yardage stats may not show it, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has not been the focus of this offense like he needs to be.

There is a reason why box scores never tell the whole story in sports. If someone looked at the stats for Mike Evans on the season with the Buccaneers, they might think that this season was somewhat normal.

Everyone is focused on Evans reaching the 1,000-yard mark as a way of maintaining his impressive streak to start a career. With Evans still on pace to reach this mark, a lot of people may not recognize that there is another area of Evans’ game that has reached unacceptably-low levels during such a disappointing season.

Touchdowns have been low across the board for the Buccaneers. Mike Evans only having three by this point in the season is an easy way to see why this team has been so bad offensively on the year.

Evans could still go out and keep himself from tying his career low in the category by having a great final two games, but even that wouldn’t be enough to hide the fact that the Bucs have been bad at getting Mike Evans the ball in one of the areas where he is best.

Many fans have already noticed how quickly Evans goes silent in this offense far too often. It seems like at least once per game a stat will pop up saying how few looks Evans got in the half or the quarter, and the response is always the same; why?

Assuming the Buccaneers want to turn their season around and have some better success in the playoffs, the best place to start this change is by getting the ball to one of the best playmakers on the team at a much higher rate.

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