Mike Evans eager to see Johnny Manziel in action


TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans needs to set the recording device on his television for Sunday afternoon.

Without knowing the full NFL schedule, Evans said he was anxious to see former college teammate Johnny Manziel make his first NFL start.

"I hope they don't play the same time as we play," Evans said. "I want to see that."

Evans is out of luck as far as seeing Manziel live. Manziel and the Cleveland Browns play at the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. That's the same time Evans and the Bucs play at the Carolina Panthers.

Evans and Manziel were a prolific duo on the Texas A&M football team, and they remain close friends. Evans said they talk often and Manziel hadn't voiced any displeasure over not starting earlier in the season.

"He hasn't shown any frustration, but I'm sure he was [frustrated]," Evans said. "His time's here. Make something of it."

Evans said he has no doubt Manziel can be as good in the NFL as he was in college.

"I think he'll do well," Manziel said. "When I played with him, some of the things he did were magical."

Evans has had a magical rookie season. He already has 10 touchdown catches, but he wishes Tampa Bay's record was better than 2-11.

"It's been frustrating," Evans said. "It's been tough. But I just want to win."

Evans has been his own biggest critic. Despite the fact he had two touchdown catches against Detroit on Sunday, Evans said he played his worst game of the season.

"Usually, I'm going to make the play percentages better," Evans said. "I thought I was being held, but I didn't get the flag so I should have made the play. That and my blocking wasn't as good as it's been. I think it was probably my worst game all year besides the touchdowns. I should have made more plays. I had a couple more opportunities to make plays and help my team get in better position to win the game. I didn't make the plays and blocking bad in the run game, too."