Justin Evans: Lingering Foot Injury Could Put Position in Jeopardy?
Buccaneers Safety Justin Evans is headed into his 3rd season in the NFL. Evans has played 24 games his first 2 season and started 19 of those games combining for 124 tackles, 4 INTs, and 1 fumble recovery for a TD. Evans has played alongside safeties such as Chris Conte and Jordan Whitehead in his time in Tampa. Whitehead stepped in and took over for an injured Chris Conte last year and was a solid piece next to Evans. Justin Evans finished the season on Injured Reserve last year after suffering a foot injury which has lingered into the offseason workouts and practices. Evans plays a position where you’re planting your feet and hunting after the ball when it is in the air. The foot injury could play a factor into Evans season once again which would mean that another player would have to step up and take over and take reps. The Bucs currently have a few safeties who could step in potentially if Evans continues to suffer from a foot injury.
These players include rookie Mike Edwards, 5th year player Kentrell Brice, rookie Lukas Denis, rookie D’Cota Dixon, 3rd year player Isaiah Johnson, and 2nd year played Orion Stewart. Naturally you’d want the experienced players to step in and step up but the young guys presented with an opportunity could be the one. Mike Edwards in particular. At Kentucky, Edwards had 190 combined tackles, 10 INTs, and 2 fumble recoveries in 4 seasons. Edwards was brought in through the draft as a player who can make an immediate impact and if Evans injury does continue to bother him, then Mike Edwards may be the guy who gets the call.