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Will we see Mike Evans in the slot?

8/11/2014

Because rookie WR Mike Evans is 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, the general expectation is that he will make his mark as a rookie in the red zone. Beyond that, he likely will spend most of his time working outside routes, just as he did in college. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be open-minded about creating mismatches by using him in the middle, too.

"Rookie WR Mike Evans spent most of his time working outside of the numbers during his college days. He’ll work outside the numbers for the Bucs, too, but he won’t work there exclusively," noted Roy Cummings of TBO.com.

"Evans spent a good part of Sunday’s workout lining up either in the slot or between the slot receiver and the wide receiver in a triple-wideout formation, and [coach Lovie] Smith says that could become commonplace."

Coach Smith pointed out that, “Most of the nickel backs (in this league are short), so it’s a pretty good matchup for a guy like Mike to be inside."

Since the Bucs figure to be a run-first team and Vincent Jackson is the unquestioned top pass-catching option, there is a legitimate concern among fantasy owners that Evans won't see enough targets to be a steady weekly roster play. If the Bucs are willing to move Evans around the field to maximize his skills and usage, perhaps Evans will be a more reliable option.