Bucs’ Mike Evans Says He Will Be ‘Smarter’ After Suspension
Evans was serving a suspension for the hit he put on New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
With the suspension behind him, Evans says he intends on being a ‘smarter’ player moving forward.
“If we were winning, I don’t think I’d do that,” Evans said (h/t ESPN).
“But we were down 30-3, game out of reach. I had my momentum. I was running from the sideline. I made a bone-head play. I shouldn’t have [done] that. I think that’s the difference for me. I’ll probably never do nothing like that again. I’ve gotta play more calm. I like playing with passion and effort, but I’ve got to be smarter.”
Evans responded to Lattimore tapping Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston on the back by launching himself into Lattimore’s back.
“I was just trying to protect my quarterback. My emotions got the best of me” Evans recalled.
Winston was hit with a $12,154 fine.
Evans spent the last Bucs game watching it at home on television with his wife and his daughters.
“It was kind of weird. I haven’t watched a game in a long time. It was awkward, but our team played great. Very inspiring,” Evans said. “3-6 sounds way better than 2-7.”
Evans has struggled a bit in terms of his standard of production this season, but vows to get himself back on track.
“I’ve been okay,” Evans said.
“I’m not as good as last year like I had hoped, but I’ve got seven more games to prove myself. I’ve been getting open but not as much as I should be. Hopefully I can fix that this last [few games].”