October 23, 2021

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The Ballad of a Franchise Receiver

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Mike Evans isn’t just a top receiver in Tampa, but also in the league. But, instead of talking about how he’s been snubbed by the “experts”, how about we make a case for why he has been a beast for the last 6 years. Not only will he make the Ring of Honor in Tampa Bay after his career is over, but he will be a Hall of Famer in the future.

In 2014, the Bucs used their 1st round draft pick (7th overall) to choose the pass-catcher out of Texas A&M. The same guy who (in my opinion), made Johnny “Football” Manziel look like an elite college quarterback. Since day 1, Evans has made a major impact for the Bucs.

 

6 years strong and counting

When Evans was drafted, no one expected him to put on a show the way he has in his first 5 years. Before the 2019 season began, Evans was on pace to be the first receiver since Randy Moss to have 6 consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons. As of August 1, 2019, Evans has amassed 395 catches for 6,103 yards and 40 touchdowns. Now, throughout 2019, Evans has set franchise marks while setting franchise marks in yards (6,765), touchdowns (46), and as of Sunday, RECEPTIONS (433) passing James Wilder Jr. when he caught his 431st pass. (Mikes Evans posted 11 catches, 198 yards, and 2 TDs in a loss to the Titans 27-23)

   Other franchise records Evans hold are

  • Most receiving touchdowns in a season -12 (2014, 2016)
  • Most receiving touchdowns by a rookie – 12 (2014)
  • Most games of 100 yards receiving in a career – 22
  • Most receiving yards per game in a career – 79.9
  • Most consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons – 5 (2nd in the NFL behind Randy Moss – 6)
  • Most seasons of 1,000 yards receiving – 5 (2nd in the NFL behind Randy Moss – 6)
  • Receiving yards in a season – 1,524

   League records

  • Youngest player to reach 6,000 career receiving yards (25 years, 131 days)
  • Youngest player to have 5 1,000 receiving yards (25 years, 95 days)
  • Youngest player with 200 or more yards in a game (21 years, 87 days)

 

Forever #13

The fact he is still overlooked in this league by the “experts” is still beyond me. In my opinion, he is the main constant in Winston’s career. If not for him, Winston would never have that main option. At one point, Mike is going to want a ring to go with his already impressive career. It’d be only fitting as I can see Evans quietly attacking some of NFL’s top accolades and continuing to pass some greats. He has also proved to be about the franchise as he has reworked his contracts twice to benefit the team, and that shows dedication to me.