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
General News (Thu Jan 24): said he is excited about playing in the offensive scheme that head coach Bruce Arians will bring to the team.
Week 21: bye week
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 17 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 106 / 2 rec)
Evans capped a strong 2018 season off with a 100 yard, two touchdown performance. He scored the first touchdown of the game, splitting out wide right and beating his man down the right sideline for a 19 yard score in the 1st quarter. Evans hauled in another big gain on a deep crossing route early in the 2nd quarter. Evans lined up wide left with two other receivers and caught a beautifully executed bubble screen in the 3rd quarter, weaving his way through defenders for a 33 yard gain. Evans missed a pass in the 3rd quarter that was intercepted after it deflected off his hands. Winston found Evans for another late touchdown in the 4th. The QB faked a handoff and rolled right from the Atlanta 10 yard line, buying time with his feet while Evans worked open on a crossing route in the end zone. Evans wraps the season up as the Bucs' leading receiver with 1,524 yards.
2018 Week 16 vs DAL (10 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
Evans had a challenging matchup with Byron Jones following him around for a significant portion of the matchup. Evans kickstarted his day with a 38 yard reception down the left sideline. He lined up wide left with two receivers on the opposite side of the formation, and beat his defender to haul in an over the shoulder throw from Winston before being pushed out of bounds. Evans had to come back for a low throw on a curl route later in the 1st, but secured the pass before being touched down by contact. Evans missed some snaps at the end of the 1st quarter for an "illness" but was not gone long. Evans made a strong catch on a contested curl route at the end of the 1st half. Winston nearly found him in the end zone on the next play, but he played the ball a bit too high. Evans hauled in a deep post route for a solid gain on the Bucs' first offensive play of the 2nd half. Evans had a step on his defender on a fly route late in the 3rd, but Winston missed the throw. Evans converted 3rd and long early in the 4th quarter with a deep comeback route. Evans scored a short touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter, working his way open in the back of the end zone while Winston scrambled to extend the play.
2018 Week 15 vs BAL (9 / 4 / 121 / 0 rec)
Evans was shut out of the end zone again, but still managed 121 yards on a day where his QB only threw for 157 yards total. and Winston narrowly missed hooking up on deep ball early in the 1st quarter as a torrential rain fell. Evans let the ball clang off his hands on the next play on a curl route that would have picked up a first down. Evans beat Jimmy Smith(who shadowed him most of the day) down the left sideline and made a strongly contested catch for a 23 yard gain at the end of the 1st quarter. Evans caught a 65 yard bomb from a scrambling Winston in the 2nd quarter, and tacked on another 15 yards when Smith tackled him by the facemask on the play. Evans lined up in the left slot and caught a post route for another big gain in the 3rd quarter.
2018 Week 14 vs NO (6 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)
Evans started his day out with a deep ball down the right sideline that picked up 36 yards on Tampa Bay's first offensive drive of the day. Evans was quiet until late in the 3rd quarter when he took a big shot while making a leaping catch up the left seam. He was slow to get up, but didn't miss any time after the big hit. Winston hit him for a big gain on a deep comeback route later in the 4th quarter. The two connected one more time on a deep out route with less than a minute in the game as the Saints sat back in prevent defense with a two touchdown lead. Evans was the target on Winston's interception, but it was just a desperate heave into the end zone as time expired, with the Bucs down two touchdowns to the Saints.
2018 Week 13 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Evans had a slow game as he tied with Godwin and Brate for second most targets(6) behind Humphries' team-leading 9 looks. Evans caught a short curl route late in the 1st to start his day. Winston found him again on a short out route early in the 2nd quarter. Evans picked up 20 yards(his longest play of the day) on a deep post in the 2nd quarter. He was slow to get up after the diving catch and disappeared for a few plays, but returned to catch a deep crossing route just before halftime. Evans drew a big pass interference penalty early in the 3rd quarter on a deep ball down the right sideline. Evans himself was flagged for pass interference later in the 4th quarter on a narrowly missed connection down the left sideline.
2018 Week 12 vs SF (8 / 6 / 116 / 0 rec)
Evans turned in his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the year, hauling in six catches total in week 12. Evans lined up wide right and beat defender Richard Sherman down the sideline for a beautiful 42 yard catch early in the 1st quarter, setting up a touchdown to Cameron Brate shortly after. Evans and Winston converted 3rd and 8 with a deep comeback route later in the 1st. Evans caught a quick curl route to move the chains during the 2 minute drill at the end of the 1st half. Winston scrambled to buy time and found Evans on a deep crossing route for a big gain in the 3rd quarter. Evans tied for a team-high 8 targets with Desean Jackson, who struggled to catch the ball in week 12. Desean Jackson is seeing a hand specialist this week and OJ Howard is already out for the season, so Winston should keep peppering Evans with targets.
2018 Week 11 vs NYG (7 / 6 / 120 / 1 rec)
Evans secured a crossing route in heavy traffic in the 2nd quarter for his first reception of the day. Evans got a ton of separation from his defender(who fell down on the cut) on a deep curl route in the 2nd quarter. Fitzpatrick found him again for a minimal gain on an out route in the 3rd quarter. Evans appeared to make an amazing catch of 20+ yards over his defender while tiptoeing down the sidelines in the 3rd, but he was called back for offensive pass interference. Winston connected with Evans inside the New York 10 yard line shortly after entering the game, but the curl route was heavily contested by several defenders and Evans was dropped well short of the goal line. Evans got a gift from the fantasy gods when he recovered a Jameis Winston fumble in the end zone for a touchdown near the end of the 3rd quarter. He got loose on a crossing route for a big gain midway through the 4th quarter. Evans and Winston connected for Tampa Bay's biggest play of the day late in the 4th quarter. Evans lined up alone on the left side of the formation and flew past his cornerback, securing a touchdown pass from Winston with a beautiful sliding, over the shoulder catch.
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.
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