Grabbing the Mike
Koetter said he makes it a point to tell officials that WR Mike Evans is too often held at the line of scrimmage.
The flip side: Offensive pass interference penalties that have been called recently on big receivers such as Evans, Koetter added, have become a way of life for physical wideouts his size.
Matched against Panthers CB James Bradberry last week, Evans was flagged for two offensive pass interference calls in a four-play span of the fourth quarter. “I think big receivers (get targeted) in general,” Koetter said. “You’re having a meeting with the officials before the game, and coaches can send stuff into (the league offices) in New York. I’m sure every single week the other team is saying (No.) 13 is pushing, and every single week I’m saying 13 is getting held. I just think it’s probably not unique to Mike but probably every guy in that size range.”
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Evans was called for pass interference on Bradberry on a screen pass to WR Adam Humphries. Three plays later, Evans was flagged on a deep sideline route with Bradberry in coverage. Bradberry held Evans without a catch in the second half.
Bucs receiver Mike Evans keeps his eyes on an official after being called for offensive pass interference against the Panthers.