Mike Evans parlayed a dominant two years at Texas A&M where he was as physically-imposing as any other receiver in recent years at 6-5, 230-pounds, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first round is working on getting smaller.
The No. 7 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers after scoring 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons from Johnny Manziel, Evans is trying to get back into top shape after suffering a hamstring strain in minicamp which resulted in an unwelcome weight gain.
“Physically, I’m not in tip-top shape. I’m getting back into my game shape,” Evans recently told the Tampa Bay Times. “As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I’ve been running, and I feel 100 percent.”
The injury is in the rear-view mirror as Evans prepares for training camp later this month when he hopes to develop a chemistry with Josh McCown, who most likely will be the team’s starting quarterback, and form a lengthy duo with fellow 6-5 wideout, Vincent Jackson, but he may need to go on a diet (don’t we all)?
“I’ve got to lose more weight. I’m too heavy right now,” said Evans, who wants to drop “seven to 10 pounds” and have a playing weight of around 230. “But the workouts I’ve been doing, I’ll be fine. I’ll be ready.”
With training camp right around the corner, Evans should drop any additional weight he wants to shed during the grueling practice sessions in the summer heat.