Evans hauled in six touchdown catches last year, which was his lowest such figure since the 2017 season. The four-time Pro Bowler opened up the 2022 campaign with three touchdown catches over his first three such games played, and he then went 11 straight contests without reaching the end zone.
Overall, Evans tallied a mere seven receptions in the red zone last year.
“We've got to make that a priority, obviously,” Bowles said during a press conference at the Buccaneers’ OTAs. “I think we made it a priority last year — sometimes it was shut down, sometimes we just misread it here and there, whether it was on the receiver, the [quarterback] or offensive linemen.
“We've got to get better in that area in getting him the football. We know he's a threat, and we know he's a great player, so we've got to constantly find ways — not just him, but Chris [Godwin] as well — we've got to find ways to get those guys the ball.”
It is still up in the air as to just who will lead Tampa Bay's offense this year. Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask opened up Tampa Bay’s quarterback competition last month.
If Mayfield ends up being called on to start for the Buccaneers at the quarterback position come Week 1 of the 2023 season, then he sure will call upon Evans to help open up the offense. Evans already left a strong first impression on Mayfield.
“He's a great guy first and foremost, a true competitor,” Mayfield said during a press conference at the Buccaneers' OTAs. “I think people disregard [his speed]. He's obviously a taller receiver and a longer guy, but he can still move. His speed will catch you off guard.
“He is a special player and has been for a long time, so I am excited to get to play with him.”
The Buccaneers’ OTAs schedule will continue on June 6.