Bucs DC Smith: Justin Evans a ‘hybrid safety’

Evans logged snaps at five different positions, all over the field last year.

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Bucs DC Smith: Justin Evans a ‘hybrid safety’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith said rookie S Justin Evans is what he calls a ‘hybrid’ safety, one who can play free and strong (safety).”(Evans) is very athletic, and he’s got very good range and can get down in the box.”

  • Evans was deployed all over the field for Texas A&M in 2016 but spent most of his time at free safety.
  • In 2016, Evans’ eight passes defended ranked second among FBS safeties.
  • Evans’ 90.2 coverage grade ranked third of all FBS safeties in 2016.
  • His most difficult transition to playing strong safety in the NFL will be his tackling. He missed 23 tackles in 2016 and ranked 316th out of 382 qualified safeties in tackle efficiency.

Justin Evans

  • Mike J.

    Unless a guy is a total wuss, NFL coaches figure tackling can be taught. Evans has a rep as a physical player, so want-to will not be a problem. But under today’s practice rules, getting live reps will be tough. NFLPA needs to see the light on this issue.Some change back to the Old Days will help the young guys.