On Monday night, the New York Giants host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In week 3 of last season, it was the Bucs turn to host the Giants. Mike Evans went off in that game. Eight receptions, 190 yards, three first half touchdowns. An incredible individual performance. Do you know what else Mike walked off the field with that afternoon? A loss.
Four weeks later, in Tennessee, Evans went off again. 11 receptions, 198 yards and two touchdowns. Another incredible individual performance. And once more he walked off with a loss.
Two games, 19 catches, 388 yards, 5 touchdowns, two losses.
Fast forward to week seven of the 2020 season and even before the Bucs road win against the Las Vegas Raiders was confirmed, total nonsense was being discussed with regards Evans future in Tampa. From Tom Brady doesn’t trust Mike. Or Jameis Winston’s erratic play inflated Evan’s stats. And even Evans isn’t happy with his lack of targets and wants out of Tampa.
Before the start of this season, Mike Evans career stats were as follows:-
Games Played – 90.
Receptions – 462.
Total Yards – 7260.
Touchdowns – 48
Record – 32 Wins, 58 Losses.
Only the second Wide Receiver in NFL history to start his NFL career with 6-off straight 1000+ yard seasons (Randy Moss being the other).
Injured against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4, Evans shouldn’t even had suited up against the Bears in Week 5. With Wide Receiver Chris Godwin, Tight End OJ Howard and Running Back Leonard Fournette all missing, Evans played through the pain barrier in Chicago. Clearly injured and unable to practice, Evans also played in Weeks 6 & 7. Over this three game period, Evans numbers have dropped dramatically.
Games played – 3
Receptions – 8
Total Yards – 88
Touchdowns – 1
Record – 2 Wins , 1 Loss
By a comfortable margin, this is Evans’ worst ever three game run in the NFL yet the Bucs are 2-1 over this stretch.
Mike Evans is Tampa Bay’s number one Wide Receiver and holds almost every Buccaneer franchise receiving record. The former Texas A&M star usually attracts the oppositions top Cornerback and occasionally Safety over the top help. Unable to train and carrying an injury, Evans’ role in the Offense at the moment is more decoy than main receiver. Even an injured Evans can’t be ignored so double teaming one player results in other players being open. With so many weapons at his disposal, the Bucs Quarterback, Tom Brady, is spreading the love whilst seemingly ignoring Mike (despite the fact that Evans is still the leading touchdown score for the Bucs this year).
From a guy who has re-worked his contract twice to allow the Bucs to increase their cap space, Evans is the ultimate team player.
So expect this lull in individual stats to continue whilst Evans works on getting back to full fitness, but as long as the Bucs keep winning, then getting a chance to play in the play-offs will mean more to this ultimate team player than continuing his 1000+ yards seasons.
Whatever statistical season Evans ends up having, don’t expect Mike to be leaving Tampa anytime soon.
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