Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady opened up on his teammate Mike Evans’ suspension, and he thinks it’s “ridiculous.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady opened up about his teammate Mike Evans’ suspension on the latest episode of the Let’s Go! podcast, sharing that he thinks it’s “ridiculous” that Evans was suspended for fighting with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
"“In the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over, and they obviously did yesterday. It’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension. I think that’s ridiculous. Hopefully, we can get past it and move to a better place.”"
Evans got into a brawl with Lattimore on Sunday, which wasn’t the first time the two have fought. He reportedly went after Lattimore for a comment made about Brady, and then stated to the referees, “That’s Tom Brady, what do you want me to do?”
Evans has been suspended for one game for “violating unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules,” so he’ll be sitting out of the Buccaneers’ home opener against the Green Bay Packers. As of now, Evans will be able to return in Week 4.
“The fact that Mike would come out there to defend me means everything in the world to me as a teammate and as a friend,” Brady said.
Though Brady expressed that he’s appreciative of Evans having his back, the Bucs could be in trouble with several other wide receivers down.
The Buccaneers face trouble with all three starting wide receivers
Evans is suspended, so he’s unquestionably out for Week 3 unless he files an appeal and is successful in overturning the suspension. However, considering the circumstances, he’s expected to stay out of the lineup against the Packers.
Though he’s undoubtedly one of the best wide receivers on the team, the Buccaneers would be able to manage with their other wide receivers under normal circumstances. However, the Buccaneers are sadly repeating the misfortunate of last season in that they are perpetually down some of their best receivers. The remaining two starting wide receivers, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones, are both injured and listed as questionable.
Neither player has been ruled out of playing this weekend, but it doesn’t seem promising that either will suit up for the game.
The Bucs recently signed veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley to their practice squad, so he may be a feasible veteran starter with potentially all three out. In Week 2, Brady leaned on Breshad Perriman, who caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Brady also threw to Scotty Miller and Russell Gage, with Gage actually leading the team in receptions. Although it’s a challenge, Brady is used to a rotation of receivers without his stars, especially during seasons in New England where Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski were unavailable.
Regardless, the Bucs could be in serious trouble as they prepare to host their first home game of the season at Raymond James Stadium.