Arians told reporters in the postgame press conference Sunday he saw too many missed opportunities where Brady could have utilized the star receiver.
“Part of it is scheme,” Arians said for Brady in the press conference. “Part of it is reading out some things that Mike was open on and just finding him. He’s still learning the offense in some spots.”
Brady connected with Evans four times for 64 yards, including a 22-yard one, in the loss. Evans led the team in reception yards and had the longest catch in the game. He also leads Bucs receivers with 34 receptions, 437 yards, and seven touchdowns for the season.
ESPN’s Mike Clay noted that Saints defensive back Marshon Lattimore covered Evans well.
JWill of ESPN disagreed with Arians’ statements about Brady not finding Evans enough.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud sees a reduction in Brady going to Evans as inevitable with the addition of Antonio Brown.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver came to the Buccaneers with tons of hype and Arians changing his position on the star receiver. Brown made his debut Sunday night with three receptions for 31 yards, including a long of 15.
“For his first ball game, he did fine,” Arians said in Monday’s press conference.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Floro noted it will take time for Brown to get more involved.
Godwin Still Dinged
Tampa had depth at wide receiver Sunday with star Chris Godwin returning from injury, but he played with a splint on his hand.
Godwin injured his index finger and had surgery done last week per CBS Sports. He caught three passes for 41 yards Sunday. Buccaneers staff writer Carmen Vitali reported that Godwin was limited in practice Wednesday.
Godwin has 28 catches, 320 yards receiving, and two TDs this season.
Jensen Honored Again
Bucs center Ryan Jensen received the team’s Salute to Service Award nomination for a second-consecutive year, which the NFL announced for Veteran’s Day according to the team’s news release.
Jensen serves military families in various ways such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Military Day at Training Camp, visits to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and “Jensen’s G.I. Joes”, which treats military veterans to Bucs’ home games.
“It’s an honor to use our platform to recognize and support the heroes who serve our country,” Jensen said in the news release. “This recognition is humbling, but it’s really a testament to all the service members who protect us. My family has been connected to the military for generations, and during this particularly challenging year, we remain thankful to the Armed Forces – and their families – who sacrifice to ensure our freedom.”
Jensen’s family members in military service included his grandfather, Keith Palmer, and uncle who both served in the Army. Jensen’s brother, Alec Hatfield, serves in the Marine Corps.