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Bucs notes: WR Evans taking cautious approach with hamstring

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A hamstring strain suffered during his first full-team workout with the Bucs continues to limit WR Mike Evans’ workload and has put him far behind the pace the Bucs set for the first-round draft pick.

“Oh yeah, he’s missed a lot of time; there’s no way to sugarcoat it,’’ head coach Lovie Smith said. “We wanted Mike taking every rep because, as a rookie, you need to take every rep.’’

That’s especially the case when plans call for that rookie to start, which is definitely the case with Evans, who was limited mostly to individual drills for a second straight day Wednesday.

As disappointed as he is by the setback, Smith he has no desire to push Evans, whose situation is mostly a byproduct of the process rookies go through in today’s NFL environment.

“All around the league it’s happening, especially with the new guys, because those last couple weeks (before the draft) they’re doing a lot of traveling and they don’t work out exactly how they should,’’ Smith said.

“But we know who Mike is, and as far as what he’ll do the rest of the week, I don’t see him doing a lot more. We need him, so we can’t let him reinjure that hamstring. So, we’ll just be cautious with him.”

Welcome anytime

Former Bucs coach Tony Dungy was a visitor at One Buc Place during the workout Wednesday. It’s at least the second time this offseason Dungy has taken in a Bucs workout. It probably won’t be the last.

“When I first got here it went without saying that, ‘Tony, we want you around here as much as possible. Just show up. You don’t even have to tell us when you’re coming. Just show up,’ ” Smith said of his former boss.

“It’s good for him to come out and give a few pointers here and there. And a lot of the players come up to Tony and talk to him. (CB) D.J. Moore today was picking Tony’s brain. It’s special for our guys to have a guy like that around.’’

Fight to the finish

The defense finished off Day Two of the three-day minicamp Wednesday in impressive fashion, with CB Rashaan Melvin and S Bradley McDougald intercepting McCown on successive plays during the final 11-on-11 drill.

Melvin had the more impressive of the two picks, leaping over a falling WR Chris Owusu along the right sideline and securing the pick by tipping the ball out of Owusu’s hands and into the air.

“You see now how we practice — guys stripping the ball right up to the end,’’ Smith said. “It’s about taking the ball away. And as the head coach of the defense, that’s a great job to finish a game off like that.’’

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