WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-5, 231Born: 8-21-1993College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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Evans left the Week 14 game with a hamstring injury

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 13): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 12): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 11): will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport Wednesday, Dec. 11.

General News (Wed Dec 11): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Mon Dec 9): suffered a hamstring injury in the team's Week 14 game and is likely out for the season as head coach Bruce Arians said he'd be shocked if Evans returned.

Week 15: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Good matchup. Tampa Bay's high-volume passing attack, which has posted near league-leading totals across the board, suffered at least one major loss last weekend when Mike Evans was lost for the remainder of the season to a hamstring injury. Quarterback Jameis Winston's status this weekend is also in doubt after he suffered a hand injury, opening the door for a potential Ryan Griffin start. Regardless of who starts under center for the Buccaneers, the passing attack will almost certainly run through Chris Godwin, who ranks amongst the league leaders in almost every receiving stat this season. Without Evans in the fold, Godwin's role in the offense has room to grow, while players like Justin Watson and Breshad Perriman may step up as well. Last weekend, with Evans only playing 23-percent of the team's offensive snaps, Justin Watson tallied 8 targets, and Breshad Perriman registered 5 of his own. Tight end O.J. Howard's second NFL season has been disappointing, but he posted a season-high in receiving yardage last weekend without Evans in the fold. In total, Tampa Bay's passing attack will likely suffer without Mike Evans available, and especially if Jameis Winston is inactive. Expect Chris Godwin, Justin Watson, Breshad Perriman, and O.J. Howard to step up without Mike Evans in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions' horrific pass defense. The Detroit Lions have defended one of the highest volumes of pass attempts of any team in the league this season, and their efficiency numbers against the pass have been horrendous. The Lions have allowed the third-most passing yardage in the NFL while allowing a 26-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio through their first 13 games, one of the worst marks in the NFL. On the whole, Detroit's defense lacks pass defending talent aside from Trey Flowers, an impressive edge rusher with six sacks in his last five games. Detroit's linebackers are especially weak in coverage, with Jarrad Davis and Jahlani Tavai grading as two of the weakest pass defenders in the league at the position. Lastly, in the secondary, injuries, trades, and regression have decimated the team's defensive backfield. First, Tracy Walker is the team's number-one pass defending safety has missed time this season, and although he has recently returned to action, he has yet to return to his strong form of earlier this season. Next, the Lions traded away Quandre Diggs in a puzzling midseason transaction with the Seattle Seahawks. Since he was traded away, Diggs has registered three interceptions for his new team while the Lions have allowed multiple three-touchdown passing performances. Lastly, Darius Slay has regressed as a cover corner. His reputation far exceeds his on-field performance this season, and he has been exploited on numerous occasions. Overall, if Jameis Winston is unable to play for Tampa Bay, the soft matchup may not impact very much. However, if he is able to play, expect him to throw the ball early, often, and well against Detroit's porous secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs NO 65 0 0 0 8 4.0 69 0 0 6.9
12 at ATL 61 0 0 0 8 4.0 50 0 0 5
13 at JAX 63 0 0 0 11 4.0 53 0 0 5.3
14 vs IND 18 0 0 0 2 1.0 61 1 0 12.1
15 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *
15 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Mike Evans's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs IND (2 / 1 / 61 / 1 rec)

Evans roasted his defender on a 61 yard deep ball down the right sideline at the end of the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, he pulled up lame with an obvious hamstring injury, but he toughed it out and hobbled into the end zone for the score. Evans left the game following the play and is doubtful to return for next week's contest.

2019 Week 13 vs JAX (11 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Evans posted a poor stat line despite drawing a team high 11 targets, but Winston just wasn't very accurate when looking his way in this one. Evans looked to be on his way to a busy day with three catches on the first two drives. He got wide open for what would have been an easy touchdown in the 2nd quarter, but Winston overthrew him badly after a falling defender grabbed Evans' jersey to slow him down. The play did draw a PI flag for some consolation. Evans showed a vertical leap similar to that of an NBA dunk specialist when he towered over a defender for a high point catch late in the 2nd quarter, but the pass was ruled out of bounds when a defender's body prevented Evans' second foot from touching the ground inbounds. Winston chunked a couple of desperate deep balls up to Evans in the waning seconds of the first half, but couldn't connect on what were basically hail mary attempts before halftime. Evans caught a deep post in stride in the 3rd quarter and nearly had room to take off for a long touchdown, but a defender managed to grab one ankle and trip him up.

2019 Week 12 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

Evans had a quiet day as Chris Godwin exploded for one of the most impressive performances of his career. Evans was the target on Winston' first interception, but the fault was the QB's as he threw directly to a defender. Evans also had a drop in the 1st quarter before he snagged his first reception midway through the 2nd. He only logged one catch in the first half as Godwin stole the show with big play after big play, but Evans collected a few more targets in the second half to put together a very modest fantasy day. His 50 yards were enough to put him over 1,000 yards for the season, the sixth year in the row that he has reached the milestone.

2019 Week 11 vs NO (8 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

Evans had a quiet first half, finally drawing a pass interference penalty late in the 2nd and hauling in a short curl route just before halftime. Evans had a brutal drop on an easy crossing route that would have converted 3rd down in the 2nd half. Winston overthrew Evans badly on his 3rd INT. Evans left briefly with an injury late in the 4th quarter, but he returned on the next drive to record his longest reception of the day, a 27 yard catch and run that he took all the way to the Saints one yard line. Two plays later, Winston underthrew a pass to Evans in the end zone and was intercepted to cap a woeful day for the offense.

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)

Evans cooled off a bit this week, but still managed a team-high 82 yards with just half of Chris Godwin's 12 targets. Evans had a big catch over the middle negated by a penalty on the offensive line early in the 1st quarter. He got on the board on the next drive with a 19 yard gain on a deep post route. Evans got open over the middle in the 3rd quarter and picked up some extra yards after the catch for a 26 yard gain, his longest of the day. Winston overthrew him on a deep ball down the right sideline later in the 3rd. Evans' made a great effort on a diving catch late in the 4th quarter. Evans drew two pass interference flags on Tampa Bay's final drive of the game, setting the offense up on the 1 yard line after the second flag occurred in the end zone.

2019 Week 9 vs SEA (16 / 12 / 180 / 1 rec)

Evans carried the offense with 16 targets that he converted into 12 catches for 180 yards, as well as drawing several defensive pass interference penalties for a significant chunk of yardage. Evans got to work early, hauling in a big gain up the left seam on the first offensive play of the game. Winston found him up the left sideline a couple of plays later for a gain of 21 yards. Evans was responsible for most of the yardage on a lengthy 1st quarter drive that ended in a Breshad Perriman touchdown. WInston found Evans for gains of 6 and 16 before setting the touchdown up with a deep ball to Evans that drew a pass interference penalty in the Seattle red zone. Winston was actually looking for Evans in the end zone on Perriman's score, but a defender deflected the ball and Perriman grabbed it in the end zone. Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter and a scrambling Winston found him for a 6 yard score. Evans set up a last second field goal attempt at the end of the 1st half with a big reception with 8 seconds left in the half. Winston tried him on a deep ball in the end zone on the next snap, but they couldn't connect and settled for the field goal attempt. Evans continued to silence the Seattle crowd in the second half of play as he made catches at will, towering over defenders for the tough grabs. Evans and Winston nearly connected on a deep bomb in the 4th quarter, but Evans ran out of room in the back of the end zone. Evans picked up his biggest gain of the day in the 4th quarter when he got open on a deep post route for 25 yards. He made another huge catch on the game-tying drive, deftly snagging a pass over a defender on the sidelines while maintaining his balance and tiptoeing down the line for extra yardage. Evans nearly capped the drive with a touchdown, but he was dragged down by a defender at the one yard line after hauling in a slant in the red zone. Dare Ogunbowale scored on a one yard plunge on the next play.

2019 Week 8 vs TEN (12 / 11 / 198 / 2 rec)

Evans was the winning lottery ticket in the Tampa Bay passing game this week. Tennessee's starting CB Jackson missed the game, leaving Evans to abuse his backup Sims for multiple gains of 40+ yards as well as several costly defensive pass interference calls. Evans did most of his damage in the first half outside of the numbers, working the sideline with out routes and curls. He beat his defender on a deep ball early in the 1st, missing the ball but drawing a holding penalty. He was targeted on the next snap, but couldn't bring the ball in on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. Evans finally got the downfield passing game going with a crazy 46 yard reception on a deep ball over the head of safety Byard with less than a minute left in the 1st half of play. Evans shook his man with a nice cut on a slant route two plays later, sealing the drive with a touchdown pass from Winston just before halftime. The pair picked up right back where they left off after halftime, with Winston connecting with Evans on a deep corner route from the left slot for a 43 yard gain on the Bucs' first offensive play of the 2nd half. Evans sealed the drive with another touchdown a few plays later, catching a back corner fade over a helpless defender. Evans finished with a team-high 12 targets, converting 11 of them into 198 yards and Tampa Bay's only two touchdowns.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (17 / 9 / 96 / 0 rec)

Evans drew a team-high 17 targets, but wasn't as efficient as fellow receiver Godwin. Evans was the target on Winston's first interception of the day, as a defender jumped a short curl route by the receiver. Evans nearly broke a crossing route for a much longer gain in the 2nd quarter. Evans had plenty of success in the short and intermediate passing game, but he couldn't get loose downfield. Winston threw an absolute dime to Evans, who had several steps on his defender on a deep ball in the 2nd quarter that would have picked up fifty yards and maybe a touchdown, but the receiver bobbled the pass and fell to the turf trying to secure the ball. Evans' longest reception was a 17 yard pickup on a deep post in the 3rd quarter. Evans was brought own at the 9 yard line on a 4th quarter crossing play. Evans picked up a two point conversion with a heads-up play, making a diving save of a tipped pass that was intended for Godwin. Winston targeted him on a corner route in the end zone late in the 4th, but overthrew the ball out of bounds. Winston looked for him deep down the right sideline again later in the 4th, but Evans couldn't haul in the back shoulder catch.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Evans showed just how low his floor can be in this offense as notched zero catches on four targets despite playing the entire game. Evans was followed around by CB Marshon Lattimore, and the Saints kept rolling extra coverage his way, opting to let Chris Godwin pick them apart underneath from the slot. Tampa Bay tried moving Evans around some as the game progressed, but they just couldn't get anything going to the big receiver.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (7 / 4 / 89 / 1 rec)

Evans was having a slow day until he saved his fantasy day with a big touchdown late. Chris Godwin won the matchup lottery this week and drew twice as many targets as Evans, scoring twice in the first half. Winston first looked Evans' way on the second drive, hitting him up the seam to convert 3rd down. Winston and Evans just barely missed scoring on a back corner fade route in the end zone in the second quarter. Evans finally broke loose in the 4th quarter, burning his defender on a deep ball from Winston that picked up 67 yards and a touchdown.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (15 / 8 / 190 / 3 rec)

Evans and Winston showed the rapport that we have seen in previous seasons, lighting the Giants up for three first half touchdowns and squashing any notions got started early with a big catch over the middle despite a defensive pass interference. Evans racked up 15 targets for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Evans capped the opening drive with a beautiful touchdown catch, burning Janoris Jenkins on a deep corner route from the right slot. Winston laid the ball up and Evans made a diving grab for the score. Evans scored again before the end of the 1st quarter, hauling in a well-timed WR screen from Winston from the Giants' three yard line. Evans continued to abuse Jenkins, burning him for a 55 yard reception on a deep ball in the 2nd quarter. Evans closed out the first half with yet another score on a deep post route from Winston, once again burning Jenkins. Evans and Winston connected for a clutch 44 yard gain at the end of the 4th quarter, setting up the game-winning FG attempt, but kicker Gay missed after also missing an extra point earlier in the contest.

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (8 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)

Evans duked it out with Carolina CB Bradberry for much of the day. He caught a wide receiver bubble screen for a minimal gain on the Bucs' first drive. Winston targeted him with a fade route in the end zone later in the 1st quarter, but Evans couldn't reel it in in traffic. Evans broke loose down the left sideline for a 41 yard gain on a deep ball from Winston in the 2nd, snagging it against close coverage from rival CB Bradberry. Winston found him in the third quarter on a crossing route that converted 3rd down. Evans and Winston barely missed hooking up in the end zone on the next play, as Evans stumbled a bit on a well thrown corner route that would have gone for six. Godwin again looked like the number one receiving option on the stat sheet, but the two missed touchdowns could have really padded Evans stats for the day.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Evans missed some practice time this week with an illness, and may not have been at full speed as he and the Tampa Bay offense sputtered. Evans started on the outside with Perriman. He hauled in a diving catch on a slant route in the 1st quarter as Winston scrambled away from a would-be tackle. The 16 yard gain was his longest of the day.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Week 15 injury report for Tampa Bay (Fri Dec 13, 04:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Detroit Lions. LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) was limited in practice all week, while DL Beau Allen (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 13; both players have also been ruled out. OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. OG Alex Cappa (elbow) and QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) practiced in full Friday and are listed as questionable. Ndamukong Suh (non-injury) did not practice Friday but is expected to play. OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Buccaneers | Mike Evans ruled out (Fri Dec 13, 12:31 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) on Friday, Dec. 13, was ruled out of the team's Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions.

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Buccaneers | Thursday's practice report for Tampa Bay (Thu Dec 12, 04:35 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) were limited. OG Alex Cappa (elbow), OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and DL Beau Allen (ankle) practiced in full.

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Buccaneers | Wednesday practice report for Bucs (Wed Dec 11, 05:43 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Mike Evans (hamstring), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. OG Alex Cappa (elbow), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) were limited during practice.

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Buccaneers | Mike Evans done for season (Wed Dec 11, 03:02 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Our View: It was just a matter of time before this expected news hit the wire. The Bucs have Chris Godwin as their top target now. Evans finishes over 1,000 yards again, joining only Randy Moss in NFL history as wide receivers who began their careers with six-straight seasons exceeding that total. He's under contract through the 2023 season but it will be interesting to note who his quarterback is with the Bucs next year.
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