Monday night’s loss to the Falcons showed glimpses of the big-play offense the Bucs wanted this season, none more than on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to a leaping Mike Evans. Wish there were more throws like that? So does the quarterback. "Every time I watch film, I find myself like, ‘Mike, I should have thrown you the ball,’?" Winston said after the game. "I’ve got people tweeting me, ‘Get Mike the ball.’ I tell Mike, ‘Mike, I’m sorry.’?" Evans was well-covered on the play, but Winston trusted him on a so-called "50-50 ball," knowing the receiver’s 6-foot-5 frame and talent can stack the odds in his favor. Evans came down with the touchdown, his longest play of the season. "You guys can shred me up for the whole year for not giving him that chance (more often)," Winston said. "I will take it because that’s the truth. … In that situation, when Mike is one-on-one or no one is around him, I’ve got to give him a chance. That is really on me." Evans’ numbers are down, from 12 touchdown catches last year to five this season — Monday’s scoring grab was his first in seven games. He was the most targeted receiver in the league in 2016, but with additions to the Bucs’ offense, his targets are on course to be down about 20 percent this year. He said he would like more passes thrown his way but added he will do what he’s asked to do.
Why Jameis Winston is apologizing to Mike Evans
Tampa Bay Times | Dec 21