The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open up the regular season against the rival Carolina Panthers, and they could end up beating out last year’s division champions this season after an impressive, aggressive offseason under the new regime of Lovie Smith and Jason Licht. Although the Buccaneers biggest strengths lie on the defensive side of the ball, a lot will hinge on the play of their offense, especially veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who still has to prove that his phenomenally efficient 2013 campaign wasn’t a random fluke born out of Marc Trestman’s coaching genius.
Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans could form one of the league’s most dominant wide receiver duos, so McCown still has elite outside guys to work with, as well as an impressive TE duo comprised of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers, with ASJ looking like quite the catch. We know Jackson is going to play at a high level, but how about Evans? Will he be able to make a big impact immediately in the Buccaneers offense?
Well, V-Jax sounds pretty impressed with the progress that the physically imposing Texas A&M product has made in his first offseaon. He said of Evans, via ESPN NFL Nation’s Pat Yasinskas, “I’m very happy with Mike’s progress. What he’s done and the way he’s come in here and approached this season. Even though he was drafted high and had success on the college level, he knows there’s a lot more for him to do. As a receiver, he can grow in many areas. He’s working hard at his craft. He’s taking all the coaching that’s being delivered to him. That’s all you can ask for from a young guy. He’s going to continue to learn. It’s always going to be a learning process. But he’s up to speed. He’s doing great things in our offense right now, everything that we’re asking of him.”
This is great news, and there’s no doubt that McCown has three gifted red zone weapons at his disposal in Jackson, Evans, and Seferian-Jenkins, and all three of them can dominate physically at the catch point.