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Mike Evans was ‘open a bunch’ in Buccaneers’ ugly loss to Saints, Bruce Arians admits

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers amassed just 194 yards of total offense during a 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

Whereas Drew Brees and the Saints consistently moved the ball through the air, Tom Brady and Co. simply could not get anything going. Brady also missed a number of open reads, per head coach Bruce Arians.

Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans finished the game with four receptions for 64 yards. But Arians suggested he should have had the ball in his hands more often:

“He didn’t get targeted,” Arians said, via James Palmer of NFL Network. “That’s all. Mike was open.”

In actuality, Evans’ six targets were tied for the most of any Buccaneers player on Sunday. However, Arians appears to be suggesting Brady needed to do a better job of getting him the ball.

Brady had his worst game of the year, completing just 22 of his 38 pass attempts for 209 yards and three interceptions against zero touchdowns. He was also sacked three times for 23 yards.

Granted, this was something of a new-look offense with Antonio Brown on the field for the first time all year. But Brown’s insertion was supposed to make Tampa Bay’s passing game even more lethal. Clearly, that was not the case on Sunday.

Evans has had a strange year. He went for over 100 yards in two of the team’s first four games, but had just four yards combined in the other two games. The 27-year-old then saw a massive drop in target share prior to getting 13 combined targets in the last two weeks.

Brady and the Buccaneers will look for ways to make Evans more readily available in the passing game ahead of this weekend’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers.