Ravens vs. Buccaneers Week 8 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups

Ravens vs. Buccaneers Week 8 Scouting Report: Grades and Key Matchups
The Scouting Report for Thursday night’s Ravens vs. Buccaneers game is produced by The 33rd Team’s Scouting Department, led by former Eagles, Cardinals, and Ravens personnel executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn and Evan Pritt. Tom Brady vs. Lamar Jackson  This is a matchup between two quarterbacks with incredibly different styles, […]

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Mangini: Mike Evans Suspension ‘Justified’

Mike Evans was suspended for one game after brawling with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver has fought with Lattimore before and was even suspended for similar conduct in 2017. Both players were ejected from the game on Sunday, but only Evans has been suspended so far. Former NFL head coach Eric Mangini and former NFL defensive back Charles Davis discuss Evans’ latest suspension.

Analysis

Players Can Go to ‘Dark Place’ But Bucs’ Mike Evans Crossed Line

Editor’s Note: After Sunday afternoon’s brawl between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sparked by Tampa’s Mike Evans and New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore (who were both ejected and have scrapped before), former NFL receiver and The 33rd Team analyst Golden Tate sat down to offer a veteran’s perspective on the incident.

 

I came across the Mike Evans-Marshon Lattimore situation today, and I understand there’s a lot of aggression between these two teams, and also those guys specifically. Lattimore and Evans have past incidents of being scrappy. Being honest, these two teams are also likely going to win the NFC South year-in, year-out. So this is a big game.

Watching the incident, it seemed real personal between Evans and Lattimore. And to be honest, I don’t have a problem with what Lattimore did, and I don’t think he should’ve been ejected. I don’t know what happened earlier in the game, maybe both of them already received warnings and were pushing the line.

But from what I saw in that specific incident, I don’t have a problem with Lattimore getting in Tom Brady’s face or getting chirpy with Leonard Fournette. Ultimately, Evans came off the sideline and shoved that man to the ground on national TV. I’m not sure how anyone reacts to that situation any differently than Lattimore did, and he shouldn’t have been ejected. Evans is the homie, but from what I could see, him getting tossed was probably the right call.

I get it, though. We play a very aggressive sport, and a lot of us go to a very dark place when we step on the field. It is what it is. It’s OK to flirt with the line, but you can’t cross it. And from my understanding, Mike Evans crossed a line.

Personally, I’m going to get my team any advantage I possibly can by flirting with that line. But I’m going to do my best to never jeopardize my team with a penalty hopefully, and I’m definitely not going to jeopardize my pockets. I am not going to pay the NFL any more money than I already have to.

You have to be more mindful, but that was a tough situation that felt very personal, to say the least.

2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Preview

2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Preview
Tom Brady’s Buccaneers are two years removed from winning the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay’s roster looks much different today than it did then. That includes Todd Bowles’ promotion from defensive coordinator to head coach this offseason. That said, many of the core pieces from that title team remain. Can the age defying Tom Brady drive […]

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