WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-21-1993||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 7|
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General News (Tue Jan 31): is entering this final season of the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2014 - the team has a club option for 2018 as well - and is due to make only $690,000 (plus a $1.7 million roster bonus in 2017).
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs CAR (11 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec)
Evans dropped an easy catch on a crossing route early in the 1st quarter. Winston found Evans for a short completion on an out route to start the 2nd quarter. Evans followed that play up with his biggest gain of the day, a 22 yard completion down the right hash mark. Winston targeted Evans in the end zone at the end of the 2nd half, but couldn't complete the deep ball against tight coverage. Evans had another deep target down the seam in the 3rd quarter, but a Carolina defender knocked the ball away. Evans caught a deep curl route down the numbers on the right side of the field in the 4th quarter. Winston threw up a desperate jump ball for Evans in the end zone late in the 4th, failing to connect before finding Evans in the front left corner of the end zone for the winning score on the very next play. Evans finished the day with 5 catches for 65 yards and the touchdown on 11 targets.
2016 Week 16 vs NO (8 / 7 / 97 / 1 rec)
Evans was wide open on a post route for a 16 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. He picked up first down yardage on 2nd and 10 with a curl route on the left side of the formation in the 2nd quarter. Evans made a beautiful 34 yard touchdown reception late in the 3rd quarter. Russell Shepard lined up wide left, with TE Stocker flexed out to the slot. Evans lined up inside Stocker, just a few feet away from the left tackle. Winston took the snap in the shotgun and threw a jump ball up for Evans, who was running a deep corner route. Evans went up and made an extremely physical catch right on the goal line while the defender actually drew a pass interference penalty for too much contact. Evans picked up a 9 yard gain on a bubble screen later in the 3rd while lined up wide left of the formation. He picked up another 7 yards and a first down on the next play with a quick slant route. Winston hit Evans for one final 14 yard connection on the Bucs' last offensive drive of the game. Evans finished the day with7 receptions on a team-high 8 targets for 97 yards.
2016 Week 15 vs DAL (8 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Evans was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline early in the 1st quarter, but was pushed to the ground, drawing a pass interference penalty on his defender. Evans had a step on his defender later in the 2nd quarter on a post route, but Winston led him too far. Winston and Evans finally connected late in the 2nd quarter on a deep post route for an 18 yard gain. He snagged a curl route for a 10 yard gain two plays later. Evans made a sliding catch on an out route in the 3rd quarter to convert 3rd and 10. Evans caught a skinny post for a short gain later in the 3rd to set the Bucs up in the Dallas red zone. Winston just couldn't get on the same page with Evans, who got open down the field plenty of times Sunday night. Evans finished with 4 catches on 8 targets for 59 yards.
2016 Week 14 vs NO (8 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Evans led the team in targets(8) during what was a slow week for the entire passing game. He managed only 4 receptions and 42 yards for his slowest fantasy performance of the year. Evans got a step on his man and was open on a post route in the end zone during a 1st quarter drive, but Winston threw the ball too high and couldn't connect for the score. Evans hauled in a 13 yard reception on a 3rd and 8 later in the 1st quarter. Evans was targeted in the end zone again on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty to set the Bucs up on the New Orleans 1 yard line. Evans caught a deep slant during the 2nd quarter and fumbled the ball while going to the ground under multiple defenders. New Orleans recovered, but a booth review showed that Evans' knees were both down before the ball came loose. Winston found Evans on a slant route late in the 4th for a 1st down conversion that continued a clock-chewing drive.
2016 Week 13 vs SD (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Evans faced tough coverage from Casey Hayward and was extremely limited in week 13, receiving a reduced target load despite injuries in the Tampa Bay receiving core. Evans was targeted on Winston's interception early in the 1st quarter, which was a terrible throw by Winston, who appeared to not see Casey Hayward in coverage. . Evans caught his first pass on the next offensive drive while drifting across the field on a crossing pattern. Evans caught another ball two plays later on a somewhat improvised corner route while Winston was scrambling left to buy time. The 22 yard gain was his biggest of the night. Winston looked for Evans in the end zone later in the 3rd quarter, but overthrew the receiver in traffic. Evans caught one of Adam Humphries' bubble screens late in the 3rd after the slot receiver left the game with a possible concussion. He also secured a 2 point conversion late in the 4th quarter after Cameron Brate's touchdown. Evans totaled 3 catches for 38 yards on 6 targets.
2016 Week 12 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 104 / 2 rec)
Evans' first target was an improvised toe-tapper on the sidelines after Winston had to roll out and retreat backwards to avoid pressure after the snap. Later in the same drive, Evans jumped over a defender to secure a deep corner route for 26 yards on 3rd and 13. Evans capped the drive off with a short touchdown reception, drifting across the field on a shallow crossing route while Winston faked a play action and rolled left. Evans beat Richard Sherman on the next drive for a long touchdown from Winston. Lined up alone wide to the left of the formation, Evans fought through Sherman's attempt at jamming him up, and took off down the sideline. Winston laid a dime throw over Sherman's head that Evans secured with a diving catch in the end zone. Evans had a nice catch on an out route early in the 2nd quarter to pick up a 1st down and bail Tampa Bay out of their own end zone, but Luke Stocker was called for holding in the end zone on the play, resulting in a safety. Evans had an amazing catch in triple coverage during the 3rd quarter to convert 3rd and 2. Winston threw a laser into the crowd around Evans and somehow Evans came up with the ball. He followed the play up with a 10 yard gain on a slant. Evans finished his day with a team-high 8 catches on 11 targets for 104 yards and his two scores.
2016 Week 11 vs KC (13 / 6 / 105 / 0 rec)
Winston overthrew Evans' first target of the game on a deep post route in the 1st quarter. Evans caught a deep ball down the numbers for a gain of 23 early in the 2nd quarter. Winston floated a beautiful jump ball to the end zone later in the 2nd quarter, and Evans appeared to secure it with an amazing leaping catch, but his defender managed to knock the ball loose as Evans hit the ground. Evans caught a deep ball down the left sideline in the 2nd for a gain of 31, stepping out of bounds just a few yards short of the end zone. He was targeted again deep down the right sideline in the waning seconds of the 1st half, but couldn't catch up to the overthrown ball. Evans made a great catch in traffic on a slant route during Tampa Bay's first offensive drive of the 2nd half. Winston targeted him on a deep ball down the right sideline again in the 3rd quarter but failed to connect. Evans hauled in 2 curl routes late in the 3rd for 1st down yardage. He finished his day with 13 targets total, securing 6 for 105 yards.
2016 Week 10 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Evans failed to reach double digit target totals for the first time since week 1. He was a total nonfactor in the 1st half against great coverage by Tracy Porter. He saved his day with a decent 2nd half, drawing 6 targets after halftime. The highlight of Evans' day was a 39 yard reception in the 3rd quarter. Winston was pressured immediately at the snap and bought time with an epic scramble, backtracking 20 yards into his own end zone at one point and dodging would-be tacklers left and right as Evans got open downfield for a leaping catch over his defender. Evans hauled in a post route in the 4th quarter for a gain of 10. He ended the day with 4 catches on 5 targets for 66 yards total.
2016 Week 9 vs ATL (17 / 11 / 150 / 2 rec)
Evans continues to draw monster target totals as the Tampa Bay receiving core dwindles without Jackson, Shepard, Sims, or Martin. He gathered 11 of 17 targets in week 9 as the only real source of offense for the Buccaneers. Evans caught his first target on a deep crossing route during the 1st quarter against tight man coverage, then dropped a slant that hit him right in the hands on the next play. The missed catch would likely have been intercepted had Evans not inadvertently run into the defender who was making a play on the deflected pass. Despite the miss, Winston looked his way on the very next play for 1st down yardage on a quick slant. Evans capped the drive off a few plays later with a touchdown in the back right corner of the end zone. Winston took the snap and faked a handoff left before rolling right, while Evans lined up as the lone receiver in the formation and worked his way to the back of the end zone. Winston hit him in stride and Evans secured the ball while falling to the turf right next to the out of bounds line, beating Atlanta's top CB Trufant. Evans used his height and reach advantage to embarrass CB Robert Alford for his second touchdown of the day. Alford stayed close in coverage as Evans ran an out and up towards the end zone, but Winston threw a jump ball that Evans was able to pluck from the air about a foot and a half above Alford's outstretched hands. Evans secured the catch and held the ball high and away from Alford as he planted both feet inbounds. Evans caught a toe tapper on the sideline in the 3rd quarter, and followed the play up with a big shot down the field on a seam route that was overthrown by Winston. On the next play, Evans hauled in a one handed catch that would make Odell Beckham proud. Evans leaped up and grabbed the ball with his right hand while fully extended, then pulled it in tight and tapped both feet on the sideline as he got drilled in the chin. Evans shook off the scary hit and jogged back on to the field after getting up a little slowly. Evans caught a short crossing route on 3rd and 5 in the 4th quarter and took it up the sideline for his biggest gain of the day, 28 yards. Later in the same drive he was targeted in the end zone once more on a deep route down the left sideline, but he couldn't quite haul it in against tight coverage. Evans left the game before its finish and entered into the NFL's concussion protocol. He finished the 1st half with 7 catches for 77 yards, chipping in 73 more in the 2nd half on his way to an 11/150/2 line. He did participate in Monday's practice in a limited fashion.
2016 Week 8 vs OAK (11 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Evans kept up his double digit target totals with 11 in week 8, but he only caught 4 and failed to connect with Winston on several deep plays. Evans picked up a 1st down on 3rd and 11 with his first reception of the day, an out route to the right sideline on Tampa Bay's opening drive. He climbed the ladder to make a highlight reel catch over 2 defenders on the right sideline later in the 1st. Evans let a big gain on a deep out route clang off his hands in the 2nd quarter. Winston found Evans for a first down on a free play in the 2nd quarter when Oakland jumped offsides. Evans got a couple of steps on his defender on a 4th quarter deep ball, but Winston overthrew him by mere inches. The play would have likely been a 70+ yard touchdown. Evans was targeted again with an overthrown deep ball in overtime. He finished the day with 50 yards.
2016 Week 7 vs SF (13 / 8 / 96 / 2 rec)
Evans continues to dominate passing targets with 13 looks(many of them deep downfield), more than any other 3 Tampa Bay receivers combined. He got wide open on his first reception of the day, a deep curl route down the right sideline. Evans caught his first touchdown midway through the 2nd quarter, lining up alone wide left of the formation in the red zone. Winston snapped the ball and had to scramble to buy time as Evans worked his way open in the left corner of the end zone for the score. Evans again got open in the end zone on a deep route later in the 3rd quarter, but Winston overthrew him slightly and the wideout couldn't haul it in. Evans and Winston capped that same drive off several plays later with a short touchdown pass. Evans lined up in the slot on the right side of a tight goal line formation. Winston faked a handoff to Rodgers and then rolled right, throwing the ball up to Evans, who leaped over 2 defenders to bring down the touchdown. Evans was targeted on another long throw down the sideline in the 4th quarter, but Winston overthrew him again and the ball was actually intercepted, though the defender could not come down in bounds. Evans caught a clutch curl route late in the 4th to convert 3rd and 7 and keep the drive alive as Tampa Bay attempted to grind the clock down with a 10 point lead. Evans had a bad drop that resulted in an interception of Jameis Winston in the 1st quarter. Winston hit him in the hands on a quick curl route, but Evans bobbled the ball up and into the arms of a waiting defender. Evans was laid out by a questionable crackback block on the interception return, but seemed fine after he got up.
2016 Week 5 vs CAR (12 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)
Evans continues to lead the league in target totals, but failed to have the big night that some were expecting a week after Julio Jones torched the Panthers for 300 yards. His 12 targets against the Panthers were more than Tampa Bay's next two most targeted receivers combined as he averaged nearly 15 yards per reception. Evans had a bad drop clang off of his hands on his first target of the game as Winston looked his way on a curl route in the Carolina red zone. Evans caught his first 2 passes at the end of the 2nd quarter as Winston attempted to drive the offense down the field with less than 2 minutes left. He had to leave the game briefly after the 2nd reception, but returned before halftime to be targeted twice in the end zone by a scrambling Winston, who overthrew him with both attempts. Evans got a step on his defenders on a long bomb later in the 3rd, but Winston again overthrew him. Evans finally found paydirt in the 3rd quarter, one play after Cameron Brate's long reception. Winston faked a handoff to Rodgers and Evans burned his corner, catching the uncontested ball in stride in the end zone for the score. Winston loaded up another deep ball for Evans in the 4th quarter, but again overthrew him. Evans had 2 big receptions to extend a late 4th quarter drive that ended when Aguayo missed a 48 yarder, and then caught a crucial 3rd and long pass during the Bucs' game-winning drive.
2016 Week 4 vs DEN (11 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Evans' first catch was a beauty. He was overthrown by Jameis on an out route to the left sideline, but he leaped up and got one hand on the ball before securing it with a second effort and tapping both feet on his way out of bounds. Winston followed the play up with a deep shot to Evans, but the big receiver was tightly covered by two defenders. Evans caught a deep out out route later in the 2nd quarter against Talib in coverage. He followed the play up by drawing a pass interference flag on a deep route, giving the Bucs good field position. Evans was targeted on a huge downfield pass by Winston in the 2nd quarter, but he was tightly covered by Aqib Talib and TJ Ward. Evans, along with the rest of the Tampa Bay offense, was virtually nonexistent in the 2nd half. He finished the day with 5 catches for 59 yards on 11 targets.
2016 Week 3 vs LA (13 / 10 / 132 / 1 rec)
Evans had his best game of the year, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 132 yards and a score. He caught his first target of the day on a deep post route late in the 1st quarter. He got close to the end zone later in the same drive on a 4th and 1 play from the red zone. Winston rolled out right and Evans ran a drag route across the field, hauling in the catch for the 1st down but coming up a few yards shy of the end zone. Evans started the 1st half out slow but really started warming up halfway through the 3rd quarter, making consecutive grabs on deep out routes to pick up 1st downs and chunks of yards. During the 4th quarter, Evans and Winston again connected for big yards on three consecutive plays- a post route, a deep comeback route, and another post, all off of play-action. Winston isn't shy about going right back to a receiver after a connection, and Evans oftentimes picks up multiple catches in a row during offensive drives. Evans was drilled after catching post route on Tampa Bay's next offensive drive, but popped right back up. Evans finally found the end zone late in the 4th quarter. Winston scrambled backwards to avoid pressure and was forced to throw off his back foot while falling backwards, but he put it up where only Evans could reach it and the big receiver leaped over the shorter defenders to secure the touchdown catch.
2016 Week 2 vs ARI (18 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec)
Evans got a boatload of targets(17) in a losing contest, and made some strong catches in traffic throughout the day while struggling against fantastic coverage from cornerback Patrick Peterson, who followed Evans most of the day. Winston's accuracy was off and definitely effected Evans' output for the day, as he missed the big receiver on several open opportunities. He hauled in a Winston pass on a short out route for the Bucs first offensive play of the game, and took a big hit while making the catch. He left the game briefly but soon returned. A few plays later in that first drive, Winston launched a deep pass towards a streaking Evans down the right sideline, but cornerback Patrick Peterson ran with Evans step for step, and made a diving interception of Winston's pass in his own end zone. Winston went right back to the big receiver on the next drive, completing his next pass attempt to Evans on a crisp out route that broke right in front of Peterson's face. Evans was wide open on a 3rd quarter slant route that Winston overthrew into the arms of Peterson, but the cornerback couldn't secure the ball. Evans was called for pass interference later in the same drive on a deep ball down the left sideline with Peterson in his hip pocket. Evans got another look in the end zone at the end of the drive, but Peterson was stuck to him like glue and never gave him a chance at the ball. Evans finally got the better of Peterson on the next play, splitting out wide left and catching the ball over his outside shoulder on a beautiful fade route from Winston. The touchdown was Tampa Bay's only score of the day. Though the offense struggled and Patrick Peterson played at an all-pro level, Evans still posted a score and a decent fantasy day, good assurance for fantasy owners that he has a pretty high floor regardless of matchup.
2016 Week 1 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 99 / 1 rec)
During Tampa Bay's first offensive drive, Evans was wide open on a corner route in the end zone for what should have been his first touchdown of the year, but Winston overthrew him. He had a couple of short receptions in the first half, but didn't really get warmed up until the second half. He opened up the first drive of the second half with a nice leaping catch over a defender's head on a curl route. Two plays later, he had a big gain on a comeback route down the left sideline. Seferian-Jenkins capped off the drive with a beautiful touchdown catch. Evans drew a holding penalty to extend the next Tampa Bay drive in the third quarter after Winston's pass was batted down on 3rd and 8. Evans scored later in the 3rd quarter on a 45 yard bomb from Winston. Tampa Bay lined Winston up in the shotgun in an empty backfield set with 5 receivers split out wide. Evans took off from the slot and ran right up the number, extending both hands as far as possible for the catch before being slung down into the end zone by two defenders who were in pursuit.
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