In 2014, the Bucs used their 7th overall pick to select Mike Evans from Texas A&M. Throughout the draft night, and partially throughout the off-season, I’ve heard so-called “experts” state that Evans has the potential to fail because he didn’t have Manziel anymore. Fast forward 6 years, Evans has been on a path that has lead to franchise records and soon will accomplish something only Randy Moss had done previously.
Evans, 26, etched his name in another part of a record book (back-to-back 175+ yards receiving). Evans hauled in 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown in an overtime loss to the Seahawks after putting up 11 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns the week before another loss to the Titans. With those stats, Evans joins Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones (2016) in being the only receiver to hit that type of stat line.
Tampa Bay may not have consistency when it comes to many positions or the play of certain players, but he has been the one constant bright spot on an otherwise dark time in Tampa. Evans has 50 receptions for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns this season while helping build up third-year receiver Chris Godwin (Both are top 5 in yards and touchdowns) while both have the most yards by a duo in the NFL. This is the first time in Evans’ six-year career that he has truly shared the number one role with a fellow receiver, and in my opinion, has finally made media outside of Tampa take notice of something other than Jameis’ faults or Coach Arians’ press conferences.
By end of the season, Evans will tie Randy Moss for consecutive century mark seasons (6) while he continues to hit the record books both within the Bucs franchise and in the NFL. We should all be thankful for having a player such as Evans on our team.