It’s early. No reason to draw overreaching conclusions yet. But I’m thinking Mike Evans won’t be as dominant around the end zone this season.
This is an idea I have been kicking around for months. I wrote about it in the magazine. It was shocking, really, how much they used him last year as a goal-line receiver. He caught 9 touchdowns that were shorter than 10 yards. Inside the 10-yard line, he accounted for almost a third of the team’s pass attempts. It was clear from the opener in the Superdome that he was a player Tom Brady was going to be looking for in those situations.
But the Bucs have a bunch of other really good pass catchers – Gronk, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin. It makes sense to get those guys more involved.
In the opener, that’s how it played out. On their first drive into that area, Godwin caught 2 passes inside the 10, including a touchdown. Later he caught a pass on a play that started just outside that area (at the 13-yard line) that ended in the goal-line fumble near the end of the game.
Gronkowski caught a pair of short touchdowns.
Not that Evans is going to be ignored around the goal line, but I don’t think he’s going to be anywhere near as dominant in that part of the field.
|MOST TARGETS INSIDE THE 10 (2020 season)|
|Davante Adams, G.B.||19||17||13||0||68%|
|Mike Evans, T.B.||16||9||9||0||56%|
|Adam Thielen, Min.||15||12||10||1||73%|
|Travis Kelce, K.C.||14||9||7||1||57%|
|Calvin Ridley, Atl.||13||6||5||1||46%|
|Darren Waller, L.V.||13||10||6||1||54%|
|Jimmy Graham, Chi.||12||9||6||0||50%|
|Tyreek Hill, K.C.||12||10||6||0||50%|
|Chase Claypool, Pitt.||12||3||3||0||25%|
|DeAndre Hopkins, Ariz.||11||5||2||0||18%|
|Justin Jefferson, Min.||11||4||1||2||27%|
|Christian Kirk, Ariz.||10||5||4||0||40%|
|Hayden Hurst, Atl.||10||5||4||0||40%|
|Amari Cooper, Dall.||10||3||2||0||20%|
|Brandon Aiyuk, S.F.||10||6||5||0||50%|
|DK Metcalf, Sea.||10||4||4||0||40%|
|Rob Gronkowski, T.B.||10||5||4||0||40%|
|Jonnu Smith, Ten.||10||6||6||0||60%|
|Allen Robinson, Chi.||9||4||3||0||33%|
|Tim Patrick, Den.||9||7||6||0||67%|
|T.J. Hockenson, Det.||9||6||5||1||67%|
|Mike Gesicki, Mia.||9||3||3||0||33%|
|DeVante Parker, Mia.||9||3||3||0||33%|
|Eric Ebron, Pitt.||9||6||3||1||44%|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pitt.||9||8||6||1||78%|
|Tyler Lockett, Sea.||9||8||7||0||78%|
|Russell Gage, Atl.||8||3||3||0||38%|
|Mark Andrews, Balt.||8||5||4||0||50%|
|Jarvis Landry, Cle.||8||5||3||0||38%|
|Randall Cobb, Hou.||8||2||2||0||25%|
|Sammy Watkins, K.C.||8||4||2||0||25%|
|Nelson Agholor, L.V.||8||3||1||0||13%|
|Hunter Henry, LAC||8||5||4||0||50%|
|Keenan Allen, LAC||8||5||3||1||50%|
|Irv Smith, Min.||8||5||4||1||63%|
|A.J. Brown, Ten.||8||5||5||0||63%|
|Logan Thomas, Was.||8||6||3||0||38%|