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WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-5, 231Born: 8-21-1993College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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17 vs NO 70 0 0 0 13 5 55 0 0 5.5

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2017 Week 17 vs NO (13 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

Evans faced off against Marshon Lattimore, who frustrated the receiver to no end in week 9, leading to Evans' ejection for a dirty hit on the rookie defender. Lattimore played Evans tough again, but opened up some opportunities elsewhere in the pass game. Evans got started in the 1st quarter with a reception over the middle that set the Bucs up in the New Orleans red zone. He dropped a pass on a deep post in the 2nd quarter that would have picked up a big gain. Evans was targeted again deep down the left sideline in the 2nd, but couldn't complete the catch as he fell to the ground. Evans made a diving catch on a quick slant in the 4th quarter against tight coverage from Marcus Lattimore. Evans was clutch when the Bucs needed it most. He secured three consecutive targets on Tampa Bay's final drive of the game, moving the offense into Saints territory and setting up Chris Godwin's long touchdown catch that won the game. Evans capped the game with a two-point conversion, beating Lattimore for a jump ball in the back left corner of the end zone. His 55 yards were good enough to put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the fourth year in a row.

2017 Week 16 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 107 / 0 rec)

Evans posted his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season. He hauled in a deep crossing route for a gain of 17 on Tampa Bay's opening drive. Winston hit him with a curl route inside the Panthers red zone on the next drive, then targeted him in the end zone, but Evans drew a pass interference penalty for pushing off on his defender. Winston targeted Evans in the end zone on a fade late in the second quarter, but the pass was well defended. Evans lined up wide left and caught a seam route at the end of the 2nd quarter for a big gain. Evans made a highlight-reel worthy catch in the 3rd quarter, soaring over his defender for a jump ball from Winston. Evans came down hard and appeared to injured his lower back. He exited the game but returned on the next drive. Evans had a clutch reception for his biggest gain of the day, hauling in a 30 yard completion on a deep post on 3rd and 12 from the Bucs own five yard line in the 4th quarter. Evans finished the day with team high reception, target, and yardage totals in Howard and Jackson's absence.

2017 Week 15 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)

Winston narrowly missed Evans for a big gain on the left sideline with his first pass attempt. Evans hauled in a skinny post in the 2nd quarter for his first reception. Two plays later, Evans and Winston connected for a huge gain down the right sideline, but Evans drew an offensive pass interference penalty on the catch. Winston hit Evans for a couple more short gains before the end of the first half. Evans caught a beautiful 55 yard touchdown pass from Winston early in the third, but he was flagged for pushing off on his defender. Evans redeemed himself on the next drive with one of his most impressive catches of the season. Winston lined up in a run formation with two fullbacks and a halfback, then faked play action before launching the ball downfield to Evans. Evans had lined up tight to the formation and took off on a deep post at the snap, soaring over two defenders to pull down the touchdown pass. Winston found Evans once more on a slant route late in the 4th quarter that picked up 9 yards. Evans was targeted in the end zone at the end of the drive, but was badly overthrown. He finished the day with a team-high 8 targets and 79 yards, tied with Humphries for most receptions(5).

2017 Week 14 vs DET (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Evans was not much of factor in the Bucs passing game, taking a backseat to rookies Chris Godwin and OJ Howard as Winston struggled. Evans hauled in a quick curl route up the right seam in the 1st quarter, then a skinny post two plays later. Winston targeted Evans on a fade route from the Detroit 5 yard line later in the 1st but failed to connect. Evans had a decent gain called back for a penalty on the offensive line late in the 2nd quarter. Evans appeared to have a miscommunication with Winston on a deep ball that the two missed in the 4th quarter. Winston loaded up another deep ball for Evans two plays later, failing to connect but drawing a defensive pass interference penalty that moved the Bucs deep into Lions territory. Evans finished with just 5 targets, fewer than Jackson(7), Godwin(6), and Howard(6).

2017 Week 13 vs GB (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Evans started out the day with a bad drop on a skinny post during the 1st quarter. He made a brilliant leaping catch down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter, but as he fell to the ground, his defender landed underneath him and forced him out of bounds, negating a big gain. Evans wasn't targeted much after that, and didn't secure an official catch until the 4th quarter, hauling in a deep crossing route for 17 yards. Winston found him a few plays later on a skinny post route for a similar gain, and Evans called it a day at two receptions on six targets.

2017 Week 12 vs ATL (12 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)

Evans led the team in targets and yards for the 2nd week in a row since returning from a suspension in week 10. Fitzpatrick targeted Evans in the end zone on Tampa's first offensive drive, but the receiver let the pass bounce off his hands amid tight coverage from Desmand Trufant. Evans plucked the ball out of the air right over a defender for his first reception on a skinny post late in the 1st quarter. Fitzpatrick narrowly overthrew Evans on the next play. Evans hauled in a deep comeback late in the 2nd quarter for a nice gain, juking two defenders to pick up extra yardage. Evans hauled in a deep post route for a big gain in the 3rd, colliding with defender Trufant and sending the cornerback to the locker room with an injury afterwards. Evans drew a holding penalty on backup CB Alford on the very next play, moving the Bucs downfield into Atlanta territory. Evans hauled in a deep out route on 3rd and long late in the 4th.

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (10 / 5 / 92 / 0 rec)

Evans returned from his one-week suspension in week 10 and lead the Tampa Bay receivers in targets, catches, and yards. Fitzpatrick made Evans his go-to target, finding him on a skinny post for a big gain on the Bucs' first offensive snap of the game. Evans had a deep post route knocked out of his hands near the end zone midway through the 2nd quarter. Evans lined up in the left slot and caught a seam route for a big gain, setting the Bucs up inside the Miami 10 yard line just before halftime. Fitzpatrick targeted him in the end zone on the next play, but the ball clanged off Evans' hands. Evans also had a big reception down the right seam late in the 4th quarter, helping move the Bucs down the field for the go-ahead field goal at the end of the game.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (6 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Evans suffered through a frustrating matchup with rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who smothered him for the majority of the contest. Winston hit Evans on the sideline for a big gain in the 1st quarter, but Lattimore forced Evans out of bounds before he could get both feet down. Evans secured his only catch of the day on a slant route in the 2nd quarter. Evans' frustration boiled over in the 3rd, when he took a cheap shot at Lattimore by tackling him from behind while the CB wasn't looking. QB Winston had walked on the field despite being pulled from the game and started the scuffle by poking Lattimore forcibly in the back of the head. Evans drew an unnecessary roughness penalty and was lucky to not be ejected from the game. Fitzpatrick almost connected with Evans on a deep corner route near the goal line early in the 4th quarter, but a defender knocked the ball away as Evans fell to the turf. The NFL reviewed the game Monday and slapped Evans with a one-game suspension for the hit on Lattimore.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (10 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

Evans had a relatively quiet 1st half, warming up a bit in the 3rd and 4th quarter. Evans let a low thrown slant route clang off his hands in the 1st quarter. He hauled in a contested deep ball in the 2nd quarter that was nullified by a holding penalty back at the line of scrimmage. Winston finally found Evans for a big gain down the right seam in the 3rd quarter. Evans had a clutch reception early in the 4th, sliding down to snag a slant route to dig the Bucs out of their own end zone. Evans lined up wide right and caught a skinny post for another big gain midway through the 4th quarter. Winston nearly found Evans for the game-tying score with 6 minutes left in the 4th. Evans had a step on his defender on a fly route down the right sideline, but Winston threw it just out of his reach.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (10 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)

Evans wasn't able to break any big plays against the Bills defense, working underneath routes and moving around the formation in a variety of positions and routes. He hauled in a curl route from the left slot, then a quick slant from the same position for his first receptions of the day in the 1st quarter. Evans hauled in his longest reception of the day on a 23 yard post from the right slot that took him down to the Buffalo 7 yard line in the 3rd quarter. Early in the 4th, Winston found him down the left sideline on a deep comeback route. Evans prevented an interception on the next play, shoving an opportunistic defender down and knocking the ball loose after Winston overthrew a seam route. Evans saved his best catch for the end of the game, hauling in a beautiful toe-dragging touchdown reception in the back right corner of the end zone. Evans finished with a team high target total(10).

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 95 / 1 rec)

Winston loaded one up for Evans deep down the left sideline for the 1st play of the game, but he overthrew him on what might have been a route miscommunication between the two. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Evans in the end zone on 4th and goal at the end of the 1st half, but Patrick Peterson was playing tight coverage and managed to knock the ball away. It was a great play by an all pro player, not many corners would have knocked it from Evans' grasp. Evans had a step on his defender on a play action deep ball in the 3rd quarter, but Fitzpatrick didn't have the arm to get it all the way to him. Evans finally hauled in his first catch on seam route that same drive. Evans' longest catch of the day was 41 yard bomb down the right sideline on a play that saw Patrick Peterson covering another receiver. Evans caught a 37 yard touchdown pass at the end of the 4th quarter, beating his man down the right sideline and making a sliding catch in the back of the end zone.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

New England's zone defense limited big plays by Evans and opened up more opportunities in the short game. Winston also struggled with accuracy, leading to a slow day for Evans. Evans scooped up a diving catch during Tampa Bay's first offensive drive, and was targeted on a deep crossing route that Winston sailed high. Evans was targeted again on the first play of Tampa Bay's second offensive drive, hauling in an out route on the left sideline. New England's soft zone coverage kept Evans from stretching the field much. He hauled in another out route for a short gain early in the 4th, and a comeback route two plays later. A scrambling Winston chunked a desperation pass at Evans in the back of the end zone later in the 4th, but it was more of a throwaway than anything. Evans collected 5 targets, his lowest so far of the season as Winston continues to force the ball in Jackson's direction.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (11 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)

Evans hauled in a touchdown early in the 1st quarter, leaping over his defender on a corner route that was too easy for him in single coverage. He very nearly has his 2nd touchdown of the day at the end of the 1st half, but he was ruled down by contact at the 1 yard line after a leaping catch over safety Landon Collins. Winston targeted Evans on a fade from the 1, but overthrew the ball. Evans caught a deep curl whilst taking a hit in the 4th and had the ball pop out, but the play was ruled an incompletion after the Giants challenged and reviewed. Evans caught a fade in the end zone late in the 4th quarter, but he and his defender were both flagged for pass interference, offsetting the play. Evans caught a deep crossing route on the final winning field goal drive in the 4th, finishing the day with a team high 11 targets, 5 receptions, and 67 yards to go with his early touchdown.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (12 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)

Evans had a slower day as he was shadowed by Xavier Rhodes and Jameis Winston continually forced the ball in Desean Jackson's direction in the red zone.. Evans hauled in a deep comeback route during Tampa's opening offensive drive for a gain of 17, his longest of the day. Evans made some strong catches on contested balls, but rest of his receptions were of the short and intermediate variety. He was only targeted in the end zone once late in the 4th quarter while he was triple-covered. Evans finished the day with a team-high targets(12) for 67 yards.

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 7 / 93 / 1 rec)

Evans hauled in a nice gain on an out route to start his day in the 1st quarter. He caught a touchdown pass at the end of the 1st quarter on a beautiful toe-tapping corner route, immediately after the Bucs recovered a punt return fumble in their own red zone. Evans nearly had another touchdown later in the 2nd quarter when a high pass bounced off his fingertips in the back of the end zone. Winston found Evans across the middle in the waning seconds of the 1st half for a nice catch-and-run that set the Bucs up in field goal range. Evans had two more nice catches on Tampa's opening drive of the 3rd quarter, but didn't see much use after that with the Bucs holding a 29-0 lead at the time. Evans finished the day with 7 catches on a team-high 9 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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Buccaneers | No talks ongoing for Mike Evans (Mon Feb 12, 04:56 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and the Buccaneers are not currently negotiating a new deal, according to Evans' agent. Evans' fifth-year option was picked up last year, so he will be earning $13.2 million in 2018. Both parties will evaluate Evans' contract when the time comes, but for now he's going to focus on playing out his current deal, his agent added.

Our View: Evans should get a big contract from the Buccaneers at the right time. They could get a deal done before the start - or early on - in the 2018 season. His numbers were down in 2017 with a career low in yards (1,001) and yards per reception (14.1), but that was primarily due to QB Jameis Winston being banged up (shoulder) and struggling to play with the injury. With a healthy Winston, Evans should be in for a bounce-back season.
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