Rookie Mike Evans says he expects to start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


It’s always a difficult task predicting which NFL rookies will be successful and which will be busts, but one intangible that certainly never hurts is confidence, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has it in droves.

Speaking to Bleacher Report in an interview over the weekend, Evans made it clear that he has very high standards for both himself and the team this season:

“My personal expectations are to be a starter, and I’m going to fight to earn that position,” Evans told Bleacher Report. “I’m expecting great things from myself and this team. A lot of people might write us off, but we have a lot of great players. If we don’t make the playoffs, I’ll be extremely disappointed.”

Evans is used to success. In two years at Texas A&M Evans established himself as Johnny Manziel’s favorite target. He tallied nearly 2500 receiving yards and scored 17 touchdowns during his run there and last year he averaged over 20 yards per catch.

The Buccaneers seleted Evans 7th overall in May’s NFL Draft and have high hopes for him.

On Saturday night Tampa got its first look at Evans in action but he did not connect on either of his two targets. Aside from Vincent Jackson Evans is probably the most athletic receiver on the roster, but he might be getting just a little bit ahead of himself when he says he expects to start.

What do you think? Is Evans showing some positive spunk, or is he just cocky?


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  • Liz Murphy

    I believe he is exhibiting a strong confidence in himself. If he doesn’t believe that strongly why would any one else ! If he wasn’t talented enough to back up his words then it would be an example of cockiness but he has the TALENT to back it up ! I definitely think the Buccaneers made a GREAT choice with this young man !