The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a deadly duo of tall wide receivers on the outside in veteran Vincent Jackson and top rookie wideout Mike Evans, and if Josh McCown wins the QB competition over second-year pro Mike Glennon, then he’ll have two big outside WRs for the second straight season after benefiting from the pairing of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery last season while with the Chicago Bears. Evans and Jackson are similar receivers who base their games off of winning downfield or on jump balls, and it will be interesting to see how they work off of each other. Glennon’s strong arm seems to fit the Buccaneers wide receiver duo better, though, so we’ll have to see how that plays out in training camp.
For now, both Jackson and Evans are dealing with minor hamstring issues, as the Tampa Bay Times’s Rick Stroud reports that V-Jax did not practice due to a hamstring issue and Lovie Smith stated that Evans “tweaked” his hamstring during practice today. Neither are expected to be major issues, but we’ll see how much time both players get off. Hamstring issues are more worrisome for wide receivers in Jackson’s age range, so it is something worth at least monitoring, especially since there’s not much better to do at this point in the football calendar.
The Buccaneers aggressive moves this offseason weren’t as pronounced as pass-catcher until we got closer to the draft, and it all started when they dumped Mike Williams off in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. They then added Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first two rounds of the draft, with ASJ being a potential stud at TE if he can keep his head on straight and gain consistent separation as a pass-catcher.