WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-21-1993||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 14: vs Indianapolis Colts
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Buccaneers passing offense has been a risk-reward group all season due to the gun-slinger play from quarterback Jameis Winston. Last week marked the first time Winston has failed to throw a touchdown in a game, but it also marked the fourth time he has thrown no interceptions--and the first time in his past four games as he had thrown eight interceptions in the previous three outings alone. It was a clear example of when doing less was more to help Tampa Bay win the game, but it certainly did not help his elite wide receivers as neither Chris Godwin nor Mike Evans managed to exceed 55 yards for the first time since Week 1. Evans leads the team in targets this season and did have some top-notch opportunities last week. However, both Evans and Godwin have seemingly traded weeks as the target and yardage leaders for this offense and will continue to serve as the top options for this Tampa Bay passing offense. The Colts passing defense has been solid overall, but highly variable for most of the season. While they rank above average as a defense in passing yards allowed per game (12th fewest with 226.9), they have given up over 295 passing yards in half of their games and fewer than 195 passing yards in the other half. In most cases, those good games against the pass came against pedestrian passing offenses (Titans x2, Broncos, Dolphins). This week's challenge is far from a pedestrian passing offense as the Buccaneers have piled on the yards against opposing secondaries. Mike Evans moves all over the field, but he should have no problem with either outside cornerback the Colts line up to cover him. Godwin should see a slightly more difficult matchup with Kenny Moore out of the slot, but Godwin still has the edge as he is very tough to cover. Turnovers have been a strong point for this defense though, as the Colts have forced at least one interception in four of their last five games--however, they will still need to keep these elite Tampa Bay receivers in check to have a chance at success in this one.
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
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 NewsBuccaneers | Mike Evans' season likely over (Mon Dec 9, 10:07 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is likely out for the season as head coach Bruce Arians said he'd be shocked if Evans returned. link to story Buccaneers | Mike Evans ruled out (Sun Dec 8, 01:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 14 game and will not return. link to story Buccaneers | Mike Evans has decent outing (Sun Dec 1, 06:18 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught four passes for 53 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. He was targeted 11 times during the game. link to story
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