What are you talking about? Go watch his games from this season.
Johnny Manziel had the numbers he had this year because of Mike Evans.
Mike Evans accounted for 1/3 of Manziel's passing yards.
Johhny Manziel often just threw the ball up for grabs (double coverage, triple coverage, sometimes 4 men around the ball) and Mike Evans would go up and make the contested catch. He bailed Manziel out sooo many times over the course of the last two years. Mike Evans was Johnny footballs security blanket, not the other way around.
About that other stuff...He's slow? He cant beat press? He cant separate? He cant get open?
I want you to watch this entire video of Mike Evans (6 games in 2012) when he was a freshmen and tell me what happens when he gets pressed? What happens when he gets single man coverage? Does he get open in any of the routes he runs? Does he appear slow when he's running into the endzone? Pretty much everything you just claimed he couldn't do, I want you tell me if you were right after watching that video.
If you read what I wrote, I clearly said that Mike Evans is talented. Evans certainly helped out Manziel, but it went the other way too. Manziel extended plays long enough until coverage broke down, and Evans benefitted greatly from that. I'm not saying that every single yard Evans had was a result of Manziel, but the numbers are inflated.
To your second point, I'm not even going to watch that video. The first reason is because I've already watched extensive video on Evans, both good and bad. The second reason is because you're going to reference his freshman year. He's picked up weight along the way. Go watch Evans tape vs. Mizzou, Duke, among others. It's clear as day that if you press him at the line, he doesn't have the speed or elusiveness to avoid being shut out of the game. He's talented when he finds the time to get down field. If you jam him at the line, he's done. He doesn't use his size or strength well getting off of the line. Going up for the catch? He absolutely knows how to use his body. On the line? Nope.
Regarding his speed, Evans is a classic build up speed guy. He starts slow and picks up in space. The hard part is getting him to open space in the first place. Watch his 10 yard splits at the combine when/if he runs. That's what you should be paying attention to. The overall time is important, but please take note of how slow he starts and how long it takes him to build to full speed. That's not going to work in the NFL.
Edited by rmw10, 26 January 2014 - 11:07 AM.