WR Mike Evans now has just three weeks until the Buccaneers report for preseason training camp, even less until rookies are due back in town, but the first-round pick from Texas A&M is hard at work at getting himself in shape for the 2014 season.
"Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape," said Evans, who is training in Miami with a group of players that includes Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. "As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent."
Evans missed much of his first month of practice with the Bucs with a hamstring injury suffered on the first day of voluntary minicamp on May 20. He was able to return in a limited capacity for the team's mandatory minicamp last month, and he expects to be fine when camp starts July 25 at One Buc Place.
Evans is training for two weeks in Miami at Fit Speed Athletic Performance, and he said his focus is dropping "7 to 10 pounds" with a goal of playing at about 230 pounds this fall.
Evans looks likely to start opposite Vincent Jackson and could very well turn into a fantasy starter as a rookie, though we are generally less bullish on rookies than other fantasy sites. Still, Evans certainly has the opportunity necessary to make an impact. If he has a healthy and productive training camp, he'll move up our rankings.