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Friday, July 11, 2014

Buccaneers Injury Update: Mike Evans trying to get back into game shape

By on 7/11/2014 02:16:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans has been hard at work to get ready for training camp after being injured in May. The seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft injured his hamstring the first day of voluntary minicamp and has been limited since. The Buccaneers begin camp July 25 and Evans seems to be fully healed from his hamstring injury and focused on getting back into game shape, reports Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Evans missed almost the entire first month of practice with the Bucs due to his hamstring injury suffered on May 20. During mantadory team minicamp, Evans was able to participate, however he was very limited. Evans was able to get useful "mental reps" with some of the Bucs coaches.

Now training camp is less than a month away and the rookie needs to get himself game ready.  Evans had this to say about getting back into game shape:
I've got to lose more weight. I'm too heavy right now.  But the workouts I've been doing, I'll be fine. I'll be ready.

Evans played most of his college career at 235 pounds, and he said his goal for this fall is to be closer to 230. 

Evans is currently training at Fit Speed Athletic Performace in Miami, and wants to lose about 10 pounds. There is a difference between physically being in shape, and being football ready.

Evans physically feels 100 percent, and his only focus is getting back into game shape before training camp and becoming football ready. With several veterans to look up to in Tampa Bay for motivation, Evans said, "they make the younger guys want to work even harder."  

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