TAMPA, FL – Mike Evans’ status for Sunday’s game was uncertain; however, there is a chance that he will play. Per Harold Goodwin, Mike Evans will be a game-time decision in New York.
“He was out there a little bit today. He got some individual [drills in] and did a few things offensively. There’s a chance he may play. At the end of the day, it will probably be a game-time decision between myself, Jason, and if BA; if he is around, then he will most likely be a part of that decision, as well. Mike looked good today so hopefully — cross our fingers — he might be out there.”
Evans is shy 101-yards from handing in his 8th consecutive 1,000-yard season, and considering that the New York Jets have a 28th ranked passing defense, there’s no better chance for the star wide receiver to knock out a big chunk of those 101-yards or collect the targeted number of yards needed. The Carolina Panthers are ranked 2nd in the league in passing defense; however, the Buccaneers managed to put up 232 yards through the air: Antonio Brown had exactly 101-yards receiving in WEEK 16’s contest in Carolina. So it is possible for Evans to put up triple-digit receiving yards versus the Panthers at home in WEEK 18.
I would not expect Evans to sit out the next two games if there is any chance he can play and is close to 90% — not when there is a chance he can continue to make history.