LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans returns to the Pro Bowl for just the second time after shattering the Bucs’ all-time receiving record for most yards in a season, a record that stood since 1989. It was Evans’ career best season by over 200 yards and yet he was initially snubbed for this all-star event.
"I knew Julio [Jones] probably wasn't going to go,” Evans told FOX 13 Sports. "I thought the Saints might make it to the Super Bowl, so I would be in no matter what."
It's been a couple weeks since the Bucs named Bruce Arians their new head coach. Evans admits he hasn't had a chance to speak with Arians personally, but he knows a little bit about what Arians is about.
"I've heard a lot of good things about Bruce,” said Evans. "I'm just looking forward to it. This is going to be my third coach, going on my sixth year. So it's my job to be a professional and play ball. That's what I'm going to do."
Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson knows Bruce Arians well after playing for him during five of his eight seasons in Arizona. So Evans has a new teammate for the week to get some good intel from.
"Thanks for bringing that up,” said Evans. "I will do that for sure. I didn't even think about it."
"High-energy guy that's going to bring the best out of his players,” offered Peterson. "He's going to cater to his players as well. Most importantly he's going to find a way to make you better. Even if you feel that you are already there. He's going to find away to get the best out of you."
Peterson has two years remaining on his contract with the Cardinals, but he could end up teaming up with Evans for good if the Bucs decide to try to pull off a trade.
"I'm a Cardinal until further notice,” laughed Peterson.