Mike Evans burst onto the scene last year with a very impressive rookie season. His 2014 stat line was similar to that of a league veteran: 68 receptions on 123 targets, 1,051 receiving yards, 12 TDs. If it were not for Odell Beckham Jr., Evans would have been in the running for offensive rookie of the year. Evans is the big play threat in the Tampa offense as he had 20 receptions that went for 20 yards or more last season.
There are two major changes for Evans this season. He now has rookie QB, James Winston, throwing him the ball. This will be an improvement over Josh McCown. Second, Tampa Bay hired new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter. He has served as a coordinator or head coach for the last 30 years. Koetter had success as offensive coordinator for rival Atlanta over the past three seasons. Evans will thrive in this new offensive system as he will play the Julio Jones role.
Evans suffered a minor hamstring injury in the Week 2 Preseason game versus Cincinatti. Tampa Bay will rest him the remainder of the Preseason. All signs point to this being a minor injury and that he will be ready for Week 1 of the season. Tampa Bay dodged a bullet with this minor injury. But the question remains, what would happen if Mike Evans was to suffer a season ending injury?
Vincent Jackson, WR - Vincent Jackson quietly surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth straight season. He hasn't worked with a quality QB since his days with Philip Rivers in San Diego. If Mike Evans is lost for the season, Jackson will be the go-to receiver in Tampa Bay and an every week WR2 for your re-draft team.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE- Austin Seferian Jenkins will have a breakout season at TE. His large frame, 6ft,5" 262 lbs. is the perfect target for a rookie QB who has a track record of throwing up jump balls. If Mike Evans is lost for the season, Seferian-Jenkins will see a significant uptick in targets and will finish the season as a TE1.
Jameis Winston, QB - Jameis Winston's preseason week 2 stat line was 8-of-13 with 90 passing yards and a rushing TD. Of his 8 completions, 7 receptions were to different players. If Mike Evans is lost for the season, Winston's ceiling would take a hit but he will succeed as a QB2 for your re-draft team.
Doug Martin, RB - The Reports from training camp indicate that Doug Martin is healthy and determined. He is spending more time in the training room working on injury prevention. The main concern in Tampa is the offensive line. If Mike Evans is lost for the season, defenses will be able to focus on stopping the run.