ATB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 Player Outlook: Mike Evans
Article By: Joel Garvey
Mike Evans has already made his was to being best Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiver of all time.
It has only taken the former Texas A&M Aggie four seasons to cement himself as the best wide receiver in Buccaneers franchise history. Mike Evans has been dominant since being drafted 7th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, racking up 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns his rookie year, all while having a mixture of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon throwing him the ball.
Mike Evans is a stat sheet stuffer and a defensive backs’ worst nightmare. This past March Evans inked a new $82.5 million and he has earned every penny of it.
Of course we’ve all heard how Mike Evans is one of three WR’s in NFL history who has started their career with four 1,000 yard seasons, but here’s what you might not know.
In 2018, Evans is on pace to become the Bucs all-time leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns for a receiver. Mike Evans is already 2nd all time in receiving touchdowns and only needs three more to overtake Jimmie Giles, who spent nine years with the Bucs.
Mark Carrier, who suited up with the Bucs from 1987-1992, is the current leader in receptions as well as receiving yards. Evans only needs to snag 14 more catches and get 440 yards to have both of those records all to himself as well.
Bucs fans, we have seen our fair share of talented wide receivers fizzle out here in Tampa. For example, Michael Clayton and Mike Williams. Mike Evans is just different. Even in what was considered a down year in 2017, Evans still posted 1,001 receiving yards along with 5 touchdowns. I don’t think we have seen the best of Mike Evans just yet and that’s the scary part. The 6’5” wide out is just now entering his prime and will be setting records in pewter and red that will not be broken for years to come.
Games | Rec | Yards | YPR | YPG | TD’s
61 | 309 | 4579 | 14.8 | 75.1 | 32
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