So by now, all of us Bucs fans know that Mike Evans had a mammoth of a first half in the game against the Giants this past Sunday. The Giants could not stop Evans.
Going to Evans was working so well in the first half, that it was confusing to me and several of my fellow Bucs fans why he was not targeted more often than he was in the second half. Evans was almost non-existent in the second half as he was only targeted a few times and only had one catch in the second half, which was a deep ball from Winston. In my opinion, Evans is a top-five wide receiver in this league. He is the Bucs bread and butter. I know that there several other players to spread the ball around to and you can’t throw the ball on every play, but Evans has eclipsed the 1,000 receiving mark in every season since he was drafted.
With Evans rare combination of size, speed, strength, and good hands, he is very reliable. Winston needs to be going to Evans more often. Evans sure showed up and came alive at the right time on the final drive for the Bucs. I’m sure that he and Winston were probably the two most disappointed people on the team when Matt Gay missed that game-winning kick. They had to be thinking, “are you kidding me, we just set you up perfectly.” Look for Evans to stay hot throughout the rest of the season.