WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-21-1993||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 19): Evans once again got a boost from a quarterback change, this time going back to Jameis Winston. He'll be a WR1 heading into an intriguing matchup with Richard Sherman and the 49ers.
Week 12: vs San Francisco 49ers
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Mike Evans's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Evans hauled in a skinny post with a diving effort on the first offensive play of the game. He stretched out for another athletic grab on the right sideline during the next offensive drive of the first quarter, picking up 10 yards on an out route. Fitzpatrick loaded up a play action deep ball for Evans in the 2nd quarter, but the two couldn't quite connect as a couple of defenders came in to break up the play. Evans secured his biggest gain of the day in the 3rd quarter, lining up in the slot and taking off upfield on a deep post route. Evans was open for a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter, but Fitzpatrick threw the ball low and he could not hang on in a diving effort.
2018 Week 9 vs CAR (10 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Evans drew plenty of targets, but just couldn't get anything going with Fitzpatrick against tough coverage from CB James Bradberry. Evans was targeted on the first offensive play of the game, a back shoulder throw down the sidelines that the big receiver couldn't quite come down with. Fitzpatrick looked for him 2 plays later on 3rd down, but overthrew the pass. Evans was the intended target on Fitzpatrick's interception on the very next drive, but the fault lies with the QB, who sailed the ball well over Evan's head and right into the arms of the deep safety. Evans managed to secure one catch, a sliding effort on a skinny post in the 3rd quarter that picked up 16 yards. He appeared to get sand in his eye or perhaps had a contact lens issue, and left the game briefly. He returned after a couple of snaps, only to disappear again. Evans finished the day an abysmal 1 of 10 on his targets.
2018 Week 8 vs CIN (13 / 6 / 179 / 1 rec)
Evans dominated targets with 13, and the 179 yards were his most of the season. He got started early with a big catch up the seam on Tampa Bay's opening offensive drive. He made another strongly contested catch on a deep curl with a defender hanging off his back later in the quarter. Evans had a beautiful over the shoulder catch late in the 2nd quarter that picked up 30 yards. Winston targeted him in the back of the end zone two plays later, but Evans couldn't get both his feet down inbounds as he secured the catch. Winston targeted him two more times in the end zone before the half expired, but overthrew both balls. Evans made an amazing toe-tapping catch on the sidelines to secure Ryan Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt of the game in the 3rd quarter. Evans got wide open down the seam on Fitzpatrick's second drive of the game, and the veteran QB hit him in stride for a 72 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter. Evans kept it going on the next drive with an amazing back shoulder catch with his defenders arm wrapped around his face, good for another 20 yards and a 3rd down conversion for the offense.
2018 Week 7 vs CLE (11 / 7 / 107 / 0 rec)
Evans was shut out of the end zone for the third week in a row, but he did top 100 yards receiving and drew a team-high 11 targets. He was by far the most productive receiver for Winston, getting open at will on short and intermediate routes when the offense just wasn't able to get anything big going downfield. Evans made a leaping grab over his defender to secure a corner route in the 1st quarter that converted 3rd and long. Winston found him for another nice completion on a curl route down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter. Evans picked up his biggest gain in the 2nd quarter, outrunning his defender down the right sideline and catching the ball in stride for a 29 yard gain before being pushed out of bounds. Evans was Winston's go to receiver late in the 4th quarter, racking up catches to move the chains.
2018 Week 6 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Evans did what he could with his opportunities in a week that saw Winston toss only 5 targets his way. He made an athletic diving catch for a 19 yard gain early in the 1st quarter. He hauled in another out route to set the Bucs up in the Atlanta red zone late in the 2nd quarter. Winston hit Evans on a crossing route inside the Atlanta 10 yard line early in the 4th quarter. Winston found him once more up the seam on Tampa Bay's final desperate drive, as Atlanta was playing prevent coverage and leaving the short and medium routes open. Evans was not targeted in the red zone in week 6.
2018 Week 4 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Evans led the team again in targets with 9, but didn't benefit from the Bucs falling behind early. He reeled in a curl route with defenders draped over his back for a short gain in the 1st. Evans had a bad drop on a wide open post route later in the quarter. Evans lined up tight in the slot and caught a short slant from Winston in the 3rd quarter. Evans made nice leaping catch over two defenders on a deep comeback route later in the 3rd. Winston hit him on a skinny post for a 17 yard gain on the next drive, Evans' longest catch of the day. Evans secured two more short catches up the left seam during the Bucs' final drive of the 4th quarter, but Winston just couldn't push the ball downfield to him for any big plays.
2018 Week 3 vs PIT (11 / 6 / 137 / 1 rec)
Evans led the team in targets again with 11, consistently shaking defenders and getting open deep downfield for big gains. He hauled in a deep ball up the right seam in the 1st quarter for his first reception of the day. He split out wide left and got wide open on a deep crossing route early in the 2nd quarter, piling up yards after the catch for a big gain. The highlight of Evans' day was an amazing 51 yard grab down the left sideline at the end of the 2nd quarter. Fitzy loaded up a bomb and Evans made a beautiful catch in stride right between two defenders. Fitzpatrick found him early in the 3rd quarter on a comeback route up the left sideline. Fitzpatrick looked to Evans in the end zone with a 40+ yard bomb in the 4th, but the receiver was tripped up by incidental contact in the end zone. Two plays later, Evans put a beautiful double move on his defender, faking outside then taking the route deep, where Fitzpatrick found him in the back corner of the end zone.
2018 Week 2 vs PHI (12 / 10 / 83 / 1 rec)
Evans was a target hog, drawing 12 targets(twice as many as any other receiver) and converting 10 of them into catches. He wasn't able to connect with Fitzpatrick on the long ball in week 2, but Evans made the tough, physical catches in the short and medium passing game that kept the chains moving. Fitzpatrick connected with Evans several times during the two minute drive at the end of the first half. Evans had a bad drop on a wide open comeback route that would have picked up a big gain in the 2nd quarter. Evans split out wide right in the Philadelphia red zone in the 3rd quarter, beating his defender on a slant for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick threw it high enough that Evans was the only one with a chance at the ball. Evans lost a fumble in the 4th quarter after catching a curl route. He was fighting hard for extra yards but did not secure the ball well, and a defender punched it out.
2018 Week 1 vs NO (7 / 7 / 147 / 1 rec)
Evans had a monster day as Fitzpatrick tossed dimes all over the field . Despite drawing the coverage of Marshon Lattimore, who gave him fits in both matchups last season, Evans converted all seven of his targets into receptions. He hauled in a back shoulder throw from Fitzpatrick down the right sideline late in the first quarter for a big gain on his first target. Fitzpatrick found Evans on a deep post route in the third quarter for a big gain that set the Bucs up inside the New Orleans five yard line. Evans left the game briefly in the 3rd quarter, but returned to score a 50 yard touchdown, lining up wide right as the only receiver his side of the formation and burning Lattimore with ease. Evans escaped the game unharmed and could absorb some more targets if Jackson misses time.
Latest NewsBuccaneers | Mike Evans over 100 yards (Sun Nov 18, 08:20 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught six of his seven targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 38-35 loss to the New York Giants in Week 11. Our View: Evans came alive with a long score from Jameis Winston and seems to get a boost from the new quarterback no matter who it is. He had a few down weeks, but bounced back in time for a matchup with Richard Sherman next week.
link to story Buccaneers | Mike Evans held in check (Sun Nov 11, 09:25 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught three of his six targets for 51 yards in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 10. link to story Buccaneers | Week 10 injury report for Tampa Bay (Fri Nov 9, 03:00 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Vinny Curry (ankle), OL Evan Smith (hip, wrist), RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) and CB M.J. Stewart (foot) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Washington Redskins. RB Peyton Barber (ankle), OT Demar Dotson (knee, shoulder), WR Mike Evans (knee) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, foot) participated fully in practice Friday, Nov. 9, and no longer appear on injury report. link to story Buccaneers | Limited practice for Mike Evans (Thu Nov 8, 04:29 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8. link to story Buccaneers | Mike Evans returns to practice (Thu Nov 8, 01:23 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 8, a day after being held out. Our View: Evans might face Josh Norman in this one, but it's a better matchup than it was three or four years ago, and we know Ryan Fitzpatrick is a bold downfield passer. Evans is a borderline WR1 this week.
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