NFL Investigating Officials Receiving John Hancock From Buccaneers Star Mike Evans
Sunday’s game between the rebuilding Carolina Panthers and preseason Super Bowl contender Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t go as most figured it would. On the field the Panthers surprised the reeling Bucs winning 21-3 and sending Tampa home with a 3-4 record. What took place on the gridiron was almost forgotten about, following what happened in the tunnel ad the two teams headed to their respective locker rooms. As Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans walked, two game officials approached the former Texas A&M Aggies star about an autograph, but that’s against league policy to do so.
A statement via Tom Pelissero read like this.
“The NFL is reviewing the incident involving side judge Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter, I’m told. The NFL-NFLRA CBA specifically says game officials “shall not… ask players, coaches, or any other team personnel for autographs or memorabilia.”
That policy is in place to keep the integrity of the game intact. And for an official of 21 years to not know that is odd. He may have been getting the autograph for someone, but yet-in-still that’s against the rules and he knows it. Officials are permitted to seek autographs through the league’s officiating department.
Another source is saying that Evans was not asked for an autograph, but also declined to say what the Bucs wideout was writing.
Either way it’s not a good look.
Evans Had A Rough Day: Autograph Was Highlight Of His Afternoon
Evans is one of the most sure handed receivers in the NFL, and he’s the only receiver in NFL history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in each of his first eight seasons. In short, a Evans catches any and everything near him. That is until Sunday when the four-time Pro Bowler dropped a wide open walk-in touchdown that as he stated, took the life out of the Bucs team.
Overall Tampa looks lost and disinterested from head coach Todd Bowles, to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and 23-year veteran QB Tom Brady who’s been seen showing his frustration with things this season on numerous occasions. Evans’ drop was just a culmination of how things have down in South Florida thus far this season, and it was truly unexpected.
Buccaneers Haven’t Looked The Same Since Antonio Brown Lost His Marbles:
Last season the Buccaneers offense was humming, that’s until former wideout Antonio Brown undressed and left the field against the Jets. That offense has no deep threat that defenses fear and it’s also effected the running game, as more players are in the box. That has had a direct negative effect on a once dominant defense, which can’t seem to get off the field in big down and distance situations.
For Evans an autograph situation is the least of he and the Bucs worries, as they have some real issues amongst what many considered to be a Super Bowl contender coming into the season.