WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-21-1993||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 7|
Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick remains an exceptionally mixed bag. His schtick is to look competent - even dynamic - at times, yet wholly unqualified to be under center at others. Now 34, and never a particularly precise passer, Fitzpatrick looks more often like the latter. He was strong in Week 11, throwing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his matchup with the Dolphins was near-cake, and he looked far worse in Week 10 than he looked good against Miami. With his scattershot arm and often baffling decision-making, Fitzpatrick is more an any-given-Sunday threat to implode than to excel. Still, his production (6.36 adjusted net yards per attempt, 5.9% touchdown rate) isn't any worse than Jameis Winston's was, so at least on paper, this passing game doesn't tumble much under his leadership, if at all. Again, matchup played a role, but he kept Mike Evans involved (92 yards across 10 targets) and turned Dolphins turnovers into touchdowns. Fitzpatrick's Week 12 outlook isn't rosy by any means, but it appears similar (or even equal) to what Winston's would be, so Evans, DeSean Jackson, and the team's tight ends don't deserve massive downgrades. It's the floor of the passing game, not its ceiling, that's tweaked right now. The Falcons pass defense remains a stout unit, one that gives grudgingly - just 5.3 net yards per attempt, third-best in football, and a seventh-best 200.8 yards per game. When we look deeper, however, we see some cracks in the armor. For one, we know that Tom Brady likely would've continued to shred them in Week 7 - he was 21 of 29 for 249 and 2 touchdowns - had game flow not put the ball on the ground. And their recent trend is a bit troubling: Josh McCown (26 of 33 for 257 and 2 touchdowns) and Russell Wilson (26 of 42 for 258 and 2, with 1 interception) have absolutely picked them apart in recent weeks. When the hit-or-miss pass rush isn't threatening quarterbacks, it's not especially hard to shred this secondary. Cornerback Desmond Trufant has been a shutdown force at times, but an overly aggressive gambled at others, and slot man Brian Poole has struggled mightily all year.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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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