Yesterday marked the first day of training camp for veterans, among the noticeable absentees was safety Justin Evans.
Things are not looking good for the third year safety, especially after Bruce Arians’ press conference. When asked when Evans might return to the field, Arians had this to say “I have no idea. If he would have practiced all spring and was penciled in as a starter, I’d be concerned. I haven’t seen him play. I’ve seen all the other guys play, and I’m OK.”
That isn’t the most glowing endorsement for a player (and defense in general) that struggled in 2018.
Very interesting listening to Bruce Arians talk about Justin Evans.
It’s going to be an uphill battle for Evans to be the starting FS. Arians seems to be content with the safeties that are available right now.
Justin Evans playing well would just be a “plus” to BA.
— JC Cornell (@TheJCCornell) July 25, 2019
Evans needs to get healthy, and quickly, if he wants to make an impression on the new coaching staff. He had been dealing with a foot injury since the Buccaneers week 10 loss to the Washington Redskins.
During mandatory mini camp in early June, Evans was seen in a walking boot after receiving surgery on his heel. It was assumed he would be ready to go at the start of camp.
So far there are no details on whether Evans experienced a setback or the team is just taking their time with the healing process. Fourth round pick Mike Edwards should get an opportunity to a secure a starting position with Justin Evans out at the beginning of camp.
It may be his job to lose once the San Francisco 49ers come to town week 1.
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