Grab­bing the Mike

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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.

MON­ICA HERN­DON | Times

Bucs re­ceiver Mike Evans keeps his eyes on an of­fi­cial af­ter be­ing called for of­fen­sive pass in­ter­fer­ence against the Pan­thers.

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