WR Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 231||Born: 8-21-1993||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 7 (2014)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs IND (2 / 1 / 61 / 1 rec)
Evans roasted his defender on a 61 yard deep ball down the right sideline at the end of the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, he pulled up lame with an obvious hamstring injury, but he toughed it out and hobbled into the end zone for the score. Evans left the game following the play and is doubtful to return for next week's contest.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs ATL (12 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Evans led the team in targets and yards for the 2nd week in a row since returning from a suspension in week 10. Fitzpatrick targeted Evans in the end zone on Tampa's first offensive drive, but the receiver let the pass bounce off his hands amid tight coverage from Desmand Trufant. Evans plucked the ball out of the air right over a defender for his first reception on a skinny post late in the 1st quarter. Fitzpatrick narrowly overthrew Evans on the next play. Evans hauled in a deep comeback late in the 2nd quarter for a nice gain, juking two defenders to pick up extra yardage. Evans hauled in a deep post route for a big gain in the 3rd, colliding with defender Trufant and sending the cornerback to the locker room with an injury afterwards. Evans drew a holding penalty on backup CB Alford on the very next play, moving the Bucs downfield into Atlanta territory. Evans hauled in a deep out route on 3rd and long late in the 4th.
2017 Week 13 vs GB (6 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Evans started out the day with a bad drop on a skinny post during the 1st quarter. He made a brilliant leaping catch down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter, but as he fell to the ground, his defender landed underneath him and forced him out of bounds, negating a big gain. Evans wasn't targeted much after that, and didn't secure an official catch until the 4th quarter, hauling in a deep crossing route for 17 yards. Winston found him a few plays later on a skinny post route for a similar gain, and Evans called it a day at two receptions on six targets.
2017 Week 14 vs DET (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Evans was not much of factor in the Bucs passing game, taking a backseat to rookies Chris Godwin and OJ Howard as Winston struggled. Evans hauled in a quick curl route up the right seam in the 1st quarter, then a skinny post two plays later. Winston targeted Evans on a fade route from the Detroit 5 yard line later in the 1st but failed to connect. Evans had a decent gain called back for a penalty on the offensive line late in the 2nd quarter. Evans appeared to have a miscommunication with Winston on a deep ball that the two missed in the 4th quarter. Winston loaded up another deep ball for Evans two plays later, failing to connect but drawing a defensive pass interference penalty that moved the Bucs deep into Lions territory. Evans finished with just 5 targets, fewer than Jackson(7), Godwin(6), and Howard(6).
2017 Week 15 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
Winston narrowly missed Evans for a big gain on the left sideline with his first pass attempt. Evans hauled in a skinny post in the 2nd quarter for his first reception. Two plays later, Evans and Winston connected for a huge gain down the right sideline, but Evans drew an offensive pass interference penalty on the catch. Winston hit Evans for a couple more short gains before the end of the first half. Evans caught a beautiful 55 yard touchdown pass from Winston early in the third, but he was flagged for pushing off on his defender. Evans redeemed himself on the next drive with one of his most impressive catches of the season. Winston lined up in a run formation with two fullbacks and a halfback, then faked play action before launching the ball downfield to Evans. Evans had lined up tight to the formation and took off on a deep post at the snap, soaring over two defenders to pull down the touchdown pass. Winston found Evans once more on a slant route late in the 4th quarter that picked up 9 yards. Evans was targeted in the end zone at the end of the drive, but was badly overthrown. He finished the day with a team-high 8 targets and 79 yards, tied with Humphries for most receptions(5).
2017 Week 16 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 107 / 0 rec)
Evans posted his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season. He hauled in a deep crossing route for a gain of 17 on Tampa Bay's opening drive. Winston hit him with a curl route inside the Panthers red zone on the next drive, then targeted him in the end zone, but Evans drew a pass interference penalty for pushing off on his defender. Winston targeted Evans in the end zone on a fade late in the second quarter, but the pass was well defended. Evans lined up wide left and caught a seam route at the end of the 2nd quarter for a big gain. Evans made a highlight-reel worthy catch in the 3rd quarter, soaring over his defender for a jump ball from Winston. Evans came down hard and appeared to injured his lower back. He exited the game but returned on the next drive. Evans had a clutch reception for his biggest gain of the day, hauling in a 30 yard completion on a deep post on 3rd and 12 from the Bucs own five yard line in the 4th quarter. Evans finished the day with team high reception, target, and yardage totals in Howard and Jackson's absence.
2017 Week 17 vs NO (13 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Evans faced off against Marshon Lattimore, who frustrated the receiver to no end in week 9, leading to Evans' ejection for a dirty hit on the rookie defender. Lattimore played Evans tough again, but opened up some opportunities elsewhere in the pass game. Evans got started in the 1st quarter with a reception over the middle that set the Bucs up in the New Orleans red zone. He dropped a pass on a deep post in the 2nd quarter that would have picked up a big gain. Evans was targeted again deep down the left sideline in the 2nd, but couldn't complete the catch as he fell to the ground. Evans made a diving catch on a quick slant in the 4th quarter against tight coverage from Marcus Lattimore. Evans was clutch when the Bucs needed it most. He secured three consecutive targets on Tampa Bay's final drive of the game, moving the offense into Saints territory and setting up Chris Godwin's long touchdown catch that won the game. Evans capped the game with a two-point conversion, beating Lattimore for a jump ball in the back left corner of the end zone. His 55 yards were good enough to put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the fourth year in a row.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Evans posted a goose egg in his first outing back on the field, but he barely missed a few opportunities for big plays. Evans made a nice catch down the sideline during the Bucs' final drive of the first half, but he wasn't able to get both feet inbounds. The play would have gone for considerable yardage had he gotten both feet down. He was also wide open streaking down the left sideline later that drive, but Jamies didn't see him as the pocket collapsed and he scrambled for a few yards. Evans was also targeted on a slant route late in the 4th quarter that was well defended by New Orleans. Jameis seems to have a little more comfort with Vincent Jackson and Austin-Seferian Jenkins at the moment, as he converted several third downs to both receivers and also looked their way in the end zone. It may take a little time for Evans to get back into the groove of things, but it's obvious Tampa is ready to get him more involved. He's already helping to take pressure off of the other receivers with his impressive speed and range.
2015 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 7 / 101 / 0 rec)
Mike Evans got back into the swing of things in week 3, picking up all of the missing ASJ's slack and then some. He was targeted a team-high 17 times, and pulled in 7 of those catches for 101 yards. Evans' scoring opportunities were limited by the offenses inability to sustain drives and moved the ball downfield, but he did get a couple of looks in the red zone that he couldn't haul in. Evans was able to consistently get open on deep comeback routes and crossing patterns, using his huge size and range to box out Texans defenders. Evans had a long reception on a beautiful fade route during the Bucs' first drive that was called back because of a very questionable pass interference penalty on Evans. He made his first official catch of the day, also his longest, on a 20 yard fade to start Tampa Bay's second drive. Evans recorded most of his receptions while playing out wide, but did run some routes from the slot. Jameis definitely isn't a afraid to sling it deep to Evans, so the scoring opportunities should be there.
2015 Week 4 vs CAR (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Evans saw an expected dropoff from his crazy week 3 target total of 17. Winston threw to Evans 8 times in week 4, with the young WR securing just 3 catches for 32 yards. Evans was able to get open, but Winston couldn't seem to quite get on the same page with him this week. Although he threw his way 8 times, many of the balls were over or under-thrown, and two of Winston's interceptions came while he was targeting Evans. Josh Norman was playing like a man on fire, and covered Evans more often than Jackson, probably influencing Winston to sprinkle a few more targets Jackson's way.
2015 Week 5 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
The second year receiver had a frustrating day for fantasy owners, as he nearly found the end zone several times throughout the course of the game. Evans secured his first target on a short out route on the Bucs' third drive of the game. Winston targeted Evans on a deep ball during a second quarter drive that was knocked out of Evans' hands by a Jacksonville defender right at the pylon. Evans sniffed the end zone again at the end of the second quarter as the Bucs tried to capitalize on a Bradley McDougald interception of Blake Bortles. Winston hit Evans on a deep streak from a 5WR set, but Evans was brought down inside the Jacksonville 5 yard line after securing the catch. Doug Martin punched the ball in for the score two plays later. He was again targeted streaking down the right sideline at the end of the 3rd quarter, but could not secure the well-placed ball at the pylon. Jacksonville was playing tight coverage, but Evans did manage to get his hands on the ball. Overall, Evans secured 3 of 5 passes for 41 yards.
2015 Week 7 vs WAS (12 / 8 / 164 / 1 rec)
Evans and Winston finally started displaying the kind of connection that fantasy owners and Tampa Bay fans are hoping for, hooking up for a 40 yard touchdown on Tampa Bay's first pass attempt of the game. Lined up at the Washington 40 in a tight bunch formation with Vincent Jackson, Evans streaked down the numbers on the left side of the field and gave defender Will Blackmon a slight double move to create some space for Winston's pass. The QB dropped it right over the defender and Evans stretched over the pylon as Blackmon tackled him from behind. Evans followed the touchdown with another 25 yard gain on a post route during the next drive. Evans was targeted again on a nice deep ball during the Bucs third drive of the game and had a step on his defender, but he was tripped up by incidental contact, and the ball fell to the turf in the end zone. A holding call was also enforced back at the line of scrimmage, so that would have negated the 50 yard TD had Evans come down with it. Evans was able to beat physical press coverage from Blackmon again in the third quarter when Jameis found him streaking down the sideline for a 24 yard gain. Evans deftly plucked the well-placed ball out of the air right over Blackmon's head as he was shoved out of bounds. #13 followed that reception up later in the drive with a long touchdown catch that was negated by a pass interference call on Evans. Despite the penalty, it was still a nice connection from a scrambling Winston to Evans, who he seems to be looking to more and more when he needs a play made. Evans had a clutch reception on third down during the Bucs second to last drive of the game, hauling in a hotly contested catch on a skinny post route to keep the drive alive. Evans was open but overthrown by Jameis earlier in the drive on a deep route. Considering he had a couple big plays were negated by penalties, and a couple more narrowly-missed connections, it's safe to say that there are plenty more big days ahead for Evans. Before season's end, he should post multiple touchdown games and perhaps approach the 200 yard mark that he eclipsed in a couple of last season's matchups. Evans and rookie Dye finished the day as the only 2 active receivers still healthy enough to play. Louis Murphy has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Jackson's status does not sound as dire, but is still uncertain. This could mean that Winston continues to feed Evans from this point forward.
2015 Week 8 vs ATL (9 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Evans got things started in the 2nd quarter after Tampa Bay recovered a fumbled snap deep in their own territory. Winston hit him on a deep out route off of play action for a first down. Evans got a look in the back of the end zone later during that drive, but Winston placed the ball a little high and Evans was double covered. His second reception of the day was a clutch conversion on 3rd and 14 as the Bucs drove during the final second of the 2nd quarter. Evans drew a pass interference penalty on a third quarter target on a short out route, and then another on the next play as he streaked down the right side of the field. Winston had plenty of time, but made an ill-advised decision to load up the deep ball to Evans, who was double-covered. The ball was nearly intercepted, but the play was negated by the PI call. Evans got another look later in the drive inside the red zone, as Winston overthrew him badly on a corner fade route. Evans had another reception nullified by an Atlanta challenge at the end of the 3rd quarter. The officials initially ruled that Evans had completed a long reception and fumbled out of bounds, but after the challenge the ruling was changed to "did not complete the catch". Winston looked Evans' way several time during Tampa Bay's overtime drive, but only connected once, converting 3rd and 10 to take the ball into Atlanta territory. Evans' final target of the game drew a pass interference call in the end zone, setting Tampa Bay up for the game winning field goal.
2015 Week 9 vs NYG (19 / 8 / 152 / 0 rec)
Need to Know Tampa Bay's offense shot themselves in the foot during week 9 with turnovers and drops that killed drives and led to field goals and punts instead of touchdowns. They again missed receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but were otherwise healthy offensively. Kicker Connor Barth converted 4 of 5 field goals, including a 53 yarder. He missed a 43 yarder in the 2nd quarter. Doug Martin was benched briefly after a 2nd quarter fumble but returned in the 3rd quarter. Charles Sims also lost a fumble but did not miss much time after. Mike Evans was credited a fumble lost after attempting a desperate lateral pass as time expired in the 4th. Jameis Winston Winston didn't put up great stats in week 9, but he didn't get a lot of help from his receiving core, especially Mike Evans. Though Evans had several beautiful catches among his 19 targets, he also committed several brutal drops that ended drives on 3rd down. With receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins out again, Winston targeted Evans heavily throughout the game, and also found some success targeting slot man Adam Humphries. Winston converted several 3rd downs through the air, and had several other drives end with drops on relatively well-placed passes. Winston was not sacked, but he was hit hard several times, drawing a couple of roughing-the-passer penalties in the process. He was able to scramble out of trouble a few times to bail his offensive line out. He had a nice 12 yard scramble at the end of the second quarter to take the Bucs into the Giants red zone, and another beautiful scamper for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Late in the ballgame, lined up in the New York red zone, Winston took the snap in the shotgun with 2 receivers lined up close to either side. He took off right after scanning the field and dove into the right corner of the end zone for the score. Doug Martin Martin led the team in carries, but was bottled up by the Giants front 7 on his way to a frustrating day. He lost a fumble early in the second quarter, setting the Giants up deep in Tampa Bay territory. Charles Sims took over as the feature back in the offensive drive that followed, and Martin wasn't seen again until the third quarter, losing several drives to Sims, who fumbled later in the game also. Martin was targeted once in the end zone as Jameis Winston scrambled around and tried to improvise on 3rd and 8 from the Giants 10, during the second quarter. The pass fell short of Martin, who was closely covered. Martin recorded his first catch in the third quarter's opening drive for a short gain on a halfback screen pass. Martin secured his 2nd catch of the day on a similar screen pass later in the third quarter, and had a brutal drop later in the third quarter on a halfback wheel route that would have gone for 20+ yards. Charles Sims Sims led the team in rushing yardage and was responsible for the offense's longest play of the day, a 59 yard run in the 4th quarter. Sims took the ball off left tackle and broke a solid tackle attempt by a New York linebacker before racing down the left sideline for the big gain. Sims took over as the feature back after Martin lost a fumble early in the second quarter. Sims was featured for several drives until Martin reappeared in the third quarter. Sims also lost a fumble later on a third quarter carry, taking the ball off right tackle and dropping it as he shifted it from his left to right hand. He exited the game briefly but continued his work as third down back. He secured only 1 of 2 targets for 4 yards. Bobby Rainey Rainey handled all punt and kick return duties. He had a nice kickoff return negated by a holding penalty in the second quarter. On the play, Rainey nearly broke loose from the pack of defenders for a score, and was pushed out of bounds by the kicker. Recorded 1 carry for 3 yards but did not see significant offensive snaps. Mike Evans Evans was peppered with a whopping 19 targets as Tampa Bay once again fielded a very thin receiving core. He managed to haul in 8 of them for 152 yards, but he had several brutal drops that killed drives on 3rd down and cost him big-time yardage. Winston looked his way early and often. After an early interception placed the offense inside New York's red zone, Winston aimed his first pass of the day at Evans on a fade route in the end zone. Evans was blanketed by defenders and Winston sailed the ball high. Evans was next targeted on the opening play of the second offensive drive, ripping off a 68 yard catch-and-run on a post route. Evans, lined up wide left, caught the ball in stride and weaved through defenders, nearly taking the ball to the house before being run down from behind. Evans took a huge hit while securing a second quarter reception on a quick slant route. A couple of plays after catching a 9 yard dig route, Evans lined up wide left and ran a quick slant. Winston hit him with the pass right before Dominique Rogers-Cromartie closed from the outside and smashed him back towards the line of scrimmage, where he was flattened by a defensive lineman running from the line of scrimmage. Evans bounced right back from the big hit, but had a target bounce off his hands on the next drive while running a similar route in traffic. Evans had another bad drop later in the same drive on a short out route, failing to convert a 3rd and short. Connor Barth missed the ensuing field goal attempt. Evans had another brutal drop in the third quarter on a play-action deep ball down the right sideline. Winston hit him right in the chest and he simply let the ball bounce to the turf. The play would have gained 40+ yards. Evans caught a heavily contested ball in triple coverage in the fourth quarter to set Tampa Bay up in the New York red zone. He had another beautiful grab on the team's last drive of the game on a post route for a gain of 18. Despite his inconsistent performance, Evans was targeted steadily throughout the game. The only other receiver Winston really seemed to have any rapport with was rookie slot man Adam Humphries. Evans attempted a desperate lateral pass as time expired in the 4th quarter that was recovered by a Giants defender and returned for a touchdown.
2015 Week 10 vs DAL (13 / 8 / 126 / 0 rec)
Evans was targeted heavily again in week 10 with Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins still out with injuries. His struggles with occasional drops continued as he hauled in 8 of his 13 targets, making some circus catches but also missing routine balls. Evans had a productive day converting 1st downs through the air, and also drew several penalties. He drew a pass interference flag on Morris Claiborne on a deep route in the 2nd quarter, an illegal defensive contact penalty in 2nd quarter to convert a 3rd down, and a defensive holding penalty on Brandon Carr in the 4th quarter. Evans was targeted in the end zone at the end of the 2nd quarter but was unable to bring in the deep ball after recording a couple of nice catches earlier in the drive. Evans nearly added significant yardage to a 3rd quarter slant reception, but couldn't completely regain his footing after breaking a tackle attempt. If he could have stayed on his feet, he had 80 yards of open field ahead of him. Later in the 3rd quarter, Evans committed a brutal drop on a comeback route on 3rd and 9, bringing the boo birds out in Tampa briefly. Evans recorded his longest reception of the day in the 4th quarter, ripping a contested ball away from the defender as he streaked down the right hash in a 5-wide set. The 26 yard reception was the Bucs' longest play of the day and set them up in Dallas territory.
2015 Week 11 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)
Evans saw his first two targets on consecutive plays at the end of the Bucs' first drive of the game. Winston looked deep for Evans in the end zone twice on 2nd and 3rd down, but the first pass was overthrown on what looked to be a route miscommunication, and the second was thrown into double coverage. Evans cored the Bucs' first touchdown of the day from the Philadelphia 4 yard line on a back shoulder pass in the left corner of the end zone. He lined up wide left in a 2TE formation and soared above his defender, barely getting both feet down before falling out of bounds. Caught a play-action deep post route for 25 yards right before the end of the 1st quarter to help set up Vincent Jackson's touchdown catch. Overall, Evans secured 4 of his 7 targets and did not commit any of the brutal drops that have been plaguing him in recent weeks.
2015 Week 12 vs IND (10 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
Shutdown corner Vontae Davis wasn't able to completely lock Evans up, but QB Winston struggled to keep his throws on target and missed a couple of opportunities when Evans had Davis beat. Evans was held to 5 catches(10 targets) for 64 yards on the day. Evans and Winston definitely left some points on the field. Evans caught his first pass of the day on Winston's first attempt in the 1st quarter, gaining 16 yards on a crossing route. Winston targeted Evans in the end zone at the end of the same drive, but cornerback Davis was in tight coverage on the deep route. Evans converted 3rd and 5 during a 2nd quarter drive with a 17 yard reception from Winston, beating CB Davis on a deep out route. Winston later targeted Evans in the end zone on the same drive, but overthrew him by a country mile. Evans drew a pass interference call near the end of the 2nd quarter on a deep route with Davis in coverage. Evans caught a curl route for a gain of 12 and a deep post for 15 yards on a 3rd quarter drive that also saw him targeted in the end zone twice. Winston threw the ball well short of the streaking receiver the first time. Two plays later, Evans lined up in the left slot and ran a deep wheel route down the left sideline. Winston dropped the pass over the defender into his hands, but he was unable to come up with a tough catch for the touchdown. Evans had everyone in the secondary beat deep during Tampa Bay's final 4th quarter drive, but Winston overthrew him badly again.
2015 Week 13 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec)
Evans had a typical day, letting one pass bounce off his hands for an interception in the 2nd quarter but ultimately catching the game-winning touchdown at the end of the 4th. He secured 5 of 7 targets for 61 yards and as score, drawing a couple of penalties and getting flagged once himself. Evans narrowly missed a big gain on his first target, a deep post in the 1st quarter. Winston threw a laser into tight coverage that Evans was able stretch and pull down on the run, but he dropped the ball while securing the catch. Had a nice gain of 14 on an out route during the first quarter for his first reception, lined up wide right. Evans recorded another gain of 10 on an out route in 2nd quarter. Evans had a beautiful toe-tapping grab on the right sideline as the for a gain of 17 on the Bucs' last drive of the 1st half. Evans also showed great body control on the sideline catch for the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter. Evans lined up on the left side of the line and took off across the end zone, where Winston found him with just enough space for a diving catch on the right sideline. Linebacker Paul Worrilow, tasked with covering Evans on the play, never had a chance. Evans is somewhat to blame for Winston's interception at the end of the 1st half. Winston threw the ball a little high on a short curl route, but Evans was able to get both hands on hit. Unfortunately the ball careened out of his grasp and into the arms of CB Desmond Trufant for the pick. He had another interception bounce off his hands in the 4th quarter, but CB Trufant was flagged for pass interference on the play after grabbing Evans around the waste before the pass. Evans was called for an offensive pass interference penalty in the 3rd quarter on a play-action deep ball.
2015 Week 14 vs NO (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Evans had a slow day despite Vincent Jackson's injury, recording his first catch in the later minutes of the 3rd quarter for a short gain, and adding 2 more catches for a total of 3 for 39 yards on 4 targets. Evans made a spectacular leaping catch on a contested ball in the 4th quarter as Winston was scrambling and looking to keep a busted play alive. The consistent theme with Evans this season is that there are always some bad plays to go with his spectacular moments. Evans was flagged for offensive pass interference in the 4th quarter, nullifying Russel Shepard's only catch of the day. He also drew an unnecessary roughness penalty for 15 yards a few plays later during the same drive. However, at the end of the drive, Winston drilled Evans on a deep post route for a 22 yard gain to set Tampa Bay up inside the Saints' 10 yard line. The Bucs scored on the next play.
2015 Week 15 vs LA (17 / 9 / 157 / 0 rec)
It was a perfect day for Evans in a fantasy sense, with the Bucs falling behind early and Vincent Jackson's absence leading to a pile of targets for number 13. Winston looked his way early and often, and Evans managed to convert 9 of 17 targets into 157 yards. He continued his year-long trend of mixing clutch receptions with frustrating drops, as a couple of pretty passes clanged off of his hands again this week. Evans was overthrown in the first quarter on a corner route where he had some separation and a clear path to the end zone; Jameis just couldn't put the ball on the money. Evans had a clutch 20 yard reception at beginning of 4th quarter on a corner route to get the Bucs out of their own end zone. Followed that play with a 30 yard reception on a streak down the left sideline.
2015 Week 16 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Evans secured half of his 8 targets for 61 yards and narrowly missed several big plays. He had a 3rd down conversion on a crossing route for his first reception of the day in the 1st quarter. Evans had a nice catch on a 15 yard out route in the 1st quarter that was initially ruled out of bounds, but the call was reversed after Tampa Bay challenged. Evans had a good look on a deep ball in the 3rd quarter that broken up by an exceptional play from CB Tracy Porter. He also missed another big opportunity in the 4th quarter, as Winston found him deep down the field on a post route that bounced off of Evans' outstretched fingertips.
2015 Week 17 vs CAR (9 / 4 / 99 / 0 rec)
Evans was shadowed by shutdown CB Josh Norman for the majority of the day, but still managed 4 receptions for 99 yards on his 9 targets. He was wide open on a deep crossing route in the 2nd quarter for a gain of 27 yards. Evans had another long gain on a deep post route in the 2nd quarter to convert 3rd and long right before halftime. He was overthrown on a fade route in the end zone at the end of the same drive. Evans drew a holding penalty on CB Josh Norman in the 3rd quarter. Evans had 2 consecutive long receptions at the end of the 3rd quarter and that were hotly contested by CB Norman. Evans was overthrown in the end zone late in the 4th quarter and was ejected after the play, drawing 2 unsportsmanlike penalties for mouthing off to referees. Norman didn't shut him down, but definitely frustrated him over the course of the game.
2014 Week 1 vs CAR (9 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Evans impressed with his skill set in this game against the Panthers. He did a great job of releasing at the line of scrimmage. Often times, rookie receivers have difficulty beating the jam, however Evans is a very physical pass-catcher. He didn't have much trouble getting into his route. He seems to be a tad raw at running routes. On a hitch route that netted 7 yards in the second quarter, Evans didn't snap around as quickly as he should have. He still made the grab, but seemed very deliberate in his route running. Evans ran a bunch of different routes. The Bucs executed a bubble screen for Evans nicely that only ended up gaining six yards, but at one moment looked as though it could have been a long touchdown. He also caught a slant for a crucial first down in the fourth quarter when he used his massive frame to shield the defender while plucking the ball with his hands. Evans was targeted a team-high nine times in the game.
2014 Week 2 vs STL (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Evans hauled in all four of his targets on Sunday against the Rams, which accounted for 20% of all passes thrown in the game by quarterback Josh McCown. He probably grabbed the most significant pass of his short NFL career as the Bucs were driving into field goal range to win the game. However, he suffered an injury and couldn't continue which resulted in a 10 second runoff that ended the game before the Bucs could run another play. At the snap, Evans was not being pressed at the line and ran a deep post towards the middle of the field due to the Rams guarding the boundaries. As he leaped to pull in the 29-yard rocket from McCown, a Rams' safety unloaded right on the square of Evans' back sending him hard to the turf. Evans miraculously held onto the football, but couldn't stand after the impact which resulted in the injury time out and subsequent ending of the game. Aside from that catch, Evans had pedestrian grabs of 5, 7, and 8 yards. He has solidified his role as the Buccaneers number two receiver and a trusted option of McCown, but it seems as though Tampa decided to lean on the running game in this one as they had the lead for a solid portion of the contest. Evans, who is not a known for polished route-running, does seem to be sloppy in and out of breaks, but he has sure hands and is pulling in every football thrown his way. He, and the entire Bucs' passing attack, should fill the stat column when playing better opponents in the future. The entire passing game fell victim to game flow in Sunday's tilt with the Rams.
2014 Week 3 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Evans had the longest gain of the day for the Buccaneers on a 36-yard reception in the middle of the second quarter. The Bucs lined up in a single back set under-center. Evans was flanked right, he beat his man off the line of scrimmage and raced on a streak route up the sideline. He made the over-the-shoulder catch as the ball just sailed past the defenders grasp. Unfortunately, this was the only meaningful catch for Evans on the night. He eventually added three more receptions from Glennon for a mere 16 yards. Evans and Vincent Jackson only combined for six receptions. Despite the fact they were trailing and should have been racking up garbage points, they were mostly ineffective. The Bucs' drives stalled often. And when they didn't stall, Glennon was checking down to Bobby Rainey and Brandon Myers. From what can be taken from the tape, Evans did a good job of getting separation from his defenders, but the ball just didn't find him. When McCown was under-center, he was very erratic throwing the ball. When Glennon came in, he opted to check down more often then wait for the play to develop. For Evans to succeed, the quarterback play has to improve.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
Evans hauled in his first touchdown pass of his professional career against the Steelers on Sunday. From the 7-yard line, Evans was matched up one-on-one with a Steelers' corner back. At the snap, Evans fought hard to the outside running a fade route to the back pylon. Glennon lofted the ball, but didn't get enough on it for Evans to be able to high-point the ball. Instead, Evans had to fall to his knees as the ball passed between through outstretched arms of the defender. Evans hauled the ball in and maintained possession as the defender crashed down on to him. Evans longest grab of the day came on a 9-route he ran against man coverage. At the snap, Evans and his defender sprinted down the left sideline hard. Glennon lofted a ball to Evans' back shoulder. The ball was thrown extremely high and seemed to come straight down into Evans arms whose entire body was practically out of bounds aside from his feet. Glennon's lone interception came on a long ball to Evans in which he came up lame with an undisclosed leg injury. Evans did not re-enter the game, be sure to check his status.
2014 Week 6 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)
Evans caught a touchdown pass on Sunday after returning to the starting lineup. Evans does a great job of selling a play fake that enables him to score. Evans is motioned in tighter to the line of scrimmage at the snap. The Bucs fake the handoff. Evans fakes a crackback block on a linebacker, which helps the play fake even more. The linebackers bite up, and Evans releases down the right hash. He twists his body to the well-thrown ball on his outside shoulder which he pulls in just before CJ Mosley gets a finger tip on him. He lands on his feet in the endzone and absorbs another hit by a safety for the score. Evans almost had another touchdown on a severely underthrown ball from Glennon. Evans beat his man straight down the field on a 9-route, but pressure up the middle cause Glennon to throw from his back foot and land the ball about 10 yards too short. Overall, Evans is playing much more poised and technical than a rookie. He's running crisper routes than many gave him credit for preseason. The knock on him was he was just a deep route runner. He has improved drastically in route running and catching the ball with his hands. He is the clear number two receiver, despite the emergence of Louis Murphy Jr.
2014 Week 8 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)
Evans had the best day of any Buccaneers pass-catcher on Sunday against the Vikings. He saw a team-high six targets, catching four of them. He hauled in the longed reception of the game for either team when he made a 40-yard catch. At the snap, he released to the outside and down the sideline on a go-route. He did a great job of finding the ball in the air, as it was throw well before he turned to look for it. He made a basket catch and tapped his toes before being pushed out of bound. He also snagged a 23-yard back shoulder fade. This time he lined up on the left side of the formation. The ball was thrown poorly as it was a lollipop when Glennon should have zipped it to the back shoulder. Evans did a great job of adjusting to the ball and dragging his feet after making a basket catch near the sideline. Ultimately, Evans has at least become 1B to Vincent Jackson's 1A, as he is in on a ton of snaps and is starting to see just as many if not more targets in recent games.
2014 Week 9 vs CLE (11 / 7 / 124 / 2 rec)
Evans had a monster day against the Browns on Sunday. The special part about Evans day was that they covered him fairly well. On many of his receptions, the defensive back assigned to Evans had good coverage, but Evans was able to fight through and make contested, sometimes even acrobatic catches. Evans was the only Buc that found the end zone on Sunday, scoring two touchdowns. On the first touchdown catch, he beat a corner jam easily and darted up the sideline on a streak route. The corner stayed in his hip pocket, but Mike Glennon's throw was way off. As Glennon raced up the sideline looking over his left shoulder, the ball floated towards his right. He adjusted by turning his head and body around quickly and making a basket catch while falling down out of bounds. At first it looked like it may have been a designed back shoulder fade, but by the way Evans acted surprised and adjusted awkwardly to the pass it was obvious Glennon made a throwing error. His second touchdown grab of the day was also a streak route, this time up the seam. Glennon underthrew Evans again, but he adjusted admirably but coming back to the football. He collided with his defender when he came back to the football, but he still made the catch in the end zone. Overall, Evans had a stellar day beating corners at the line of scrimmage and fighting through defenders to attack balls in the air. The one aspect of Evans game that jumps out on tape is that he goes after the football when it's in the air, he doesn't wait for it to come to him. Evans made the game a lot closer than it actually should have been, being that his two touchdowns probably should have been interceptions.
2014 Week 10 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 125 / 1 rec)
The rookie continues to play better with each passing week. He's displaying the confidence to win the type of targets that were all in a weekend's work at Texas A&M, and he's making even more difficult grabs that require awareness along the boundary while also contorting his body against defenders that he didn't do as well as a collegian. Even with a rookie class of receivers that's among the best in recent memory, Evans stands out. His adjustment at the left sideline in the fourth quarter was a great display of skill to stay in the boundary while adjusting to a high throw and it earned Tampa shots in the red zone late in the game. However, Josh McCown went to Evans one too many times later in the drive on a fade in the end zone that Robert Alford tipped after gaining strong position and Dwight Lowery intercepted with a diving effort to scoop the falling ball from the edges of the turf's grass blades. This target was very similar to Evans' touchdown catch in the first half where he high-pointed the ball just ahead of Alford's hand in his face and had the strength to take the ball away from Alford's contact with the ball for the score. Evans also earned some crossing routes where he gained yards after the catch by cutting to the opposite hash and exiting the boundary. His speed is good for his size, but not Calvin Johnson-like, which is apparent on plays like these. Evans and Jackson are very similar talents, and Evans has youth on his side.
2014 Week 11 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 209 / 2 rec)
Evans had the best game of his short career on Sunday against the Redskins, hauling in the only two scores of the day and accounting for 72% of the teams total passing offense. Evans first score came in the third quarter. He was flanked out wide left after being set in motion. At the snap he ran a simple 9-route straight down the sideline. Quarterback Josh McCown did a terrific job of looking off the deep safety to keep him in the middle of the field. Evans burned his corner, who looked to be in man coverage, but was playing underneath because of the planned safety help over the top. The ball dropped into Evans arms as he crossed the goalline. Evans flashed blazing speed and supreme concentartion in hauling in the high thrown pass. His second touchdown of the day came from the slot. The Redskins botched the coverage terrible as they were in man-to-man and their middle linebacker ended up covering Evans straight up. Evans ran a post from the slot towards the middle of the field. McCown immediately recognized the mismatch, waited for Evans to get a step and launched the ball to a streaking Evans. Evans again displayed great concetration as the ball initially hit off his facemask, but he quickly snatched it before it could get away from him. Evans basically dominated the game from start to finish. His route tree is evolving as well. Specifically, the Bucs looked to be giving him option routes in which he either cuts the route off to a comeback, or speeds by the corner based on the type of coverage. One play imparticular early in the first quarter stuck out. Evans looked to be running a straight 9-route, but the corner turns out of his back pedal extremely early to get a jump on Evans. As soon as he recognizes this, he sticks his foot in the ground and gains 14 yards on a comeback route. Evans ran a multitude of routes, not just his straight go route, despite that being the most effective route he ran on Sunday. The Bucs called hitches, out routes, slants, and a few other routes which displays his evolvement as a wide receiver in his rookie season. Overall, McCown locked on to Evans, who was targeted a team high 9 times and also only left the field for 3 snaps.
2014 Week 12 vs CHI (11 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Aside from continuing his touchdown streak on a nice 19-yard fade, Mike Evans did not contribute much more for the Bucs offense. On the touchdown grab, Evans was being covered tightly at the line of scrimmage, however the corner did not jam him. When he came off the line of scrimmage Evans hesitated for a moment as if he was trying to stalk block the corner for a run play. He got the corner flat footed and immediately blew by him down the sideline. He ended up making the grab on the fade route close to the back pylon. The catch was very routine as McCown placed the ball well. Chris Conte was coverging on the ball but couldn't get there in time as he was out of position from McCown looking him off to start the play. Evans also made another nice grab late in the 1st half to keep a drive alive. He caught a comeback throw a few yards short of the line to gain and shook a Bears' corner to get the first down. Although he only had three receptions, Evans was the most heavily targeted Bucs player on the day with 11 targets, good for almost 25% of the total Bucs' targets on the day. Many of the targets were absolutely terrible throws by McCown. He forced a few balls and seemed to not be on the same page as Evans all day. Early in the first quarter, Evans runs a post and McCown throws a back shoulder fade. It's difficult to determine who is at fault because they both saw something different on an option route. That ball was very very close to being interceptied for a touchdown. Later in the half Evans runs a slant and sits down in the middle of the zone, but McCown throws the ball as if Evans is going to continue the slant, that ball ended up on the turf as well. Late in the second quarter, McCown leaves Evans out to dry on a high throw in which he has to adjust awkwardly towards. Evans ends up leaving himself vulnerable and getting crushed by a Bears' safety. Evans squirmed for a while on the ground, but eventually returned to the game. Overall, Evans was poor day was more a result of bad throws, poor communication, and great quarterback pressure than anything that he specifically did wrong.
2014 Week 13 vs CIN (9 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Evans remained the most targeted Bucs' receiver against the Bengals on Sunday, however he wasn't able to do much with that distinction. Evans only snagged four of his nine targets, which included long of 23 yards on a busted play. Evans ran a 9-route, but turned around to see McCown scrambling for his life. He came back to the ball and had to make a sliding catch as he went out of bounds. Evans also made a nice catch on the Bucs' final drive on a out route to keep the drive going. Overall, Evans seemed to be his usual, physical self. He beat jams and gained separation, but the Bucs game plan didn't call for as much vertical passing because they led for a good portion of the game. The Bucs leaned on the run game and the short passing game for a good portion of the game, which limited Evans upside against the Bengals.
2014 Week 14 vs DET (11 / 4 / 45 / 2 rec)
Evans hauled in two touchdown passes to highlight his day against the Lions. The first touchdown came near the goal line on a 7-yard hitch for the split end position. Evans was split out left, at the snap he uses his physicality to beat his corner, then stops on a dime, turns and McCown places the ball just high enough to be out of the defenders reach. Evans makes the easy play as his man was not ready to defend a well-thrown ball from McCown. The second touchdown grab was one of the nicest catches Evans has made all season. The Lions were playing cover two with two deep safeties splitting the field. Evans ran right by the underneath corner who was responsible for the flat and the first ten yards from scrimmage. McCown throws a high-arching pass to Evans back shoulder on the sideline where only he can catch it. The underneath corner is converging from behind and the safety is closing in from the right, but Evans concentrates long enough to make the catch, pinning the ball against his elbow before the defenders can get there. He taps both feet before his momentum almost takes him into the tunnel. Other than the two big touchdowns on the day, Evans did not have much more production. He did catch a pass that should have been intercepted, but instead bounced to him on the sideline. He made sure his feet were in and lunged out of bounds to snag and secure the ball for the catch. Overall, Vincent Jackson was McCown's main target on Sunday against the Lions, seeing 17 of 39 passes thrown, but Evans wasn't too far behind at 11 targets. It's clear at this point that the Buccaneers' receiving production is a two horse race. The ball either goes to Evans or Jackson. Judging by yesterdays targets, Evans seems to be targeted more in the red zone and end zone, while Jackson's targets come at all downs, distances, and field positions.
2014 Week 15 vs CAR (8 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Evans had a quiet day against the Panthers on Sunday, however he did find the end zone early in the first quarter. From the 8-yard line, Evans lined up split out to the right and in single coverage with a Panthers' cornerback. At the snap, the corner attempts to jam him at the line, but Evans does a great job to work his way to the outside. McCown lofts a high-arching pass to Evans near the back pylon. Evans twists his body to adjust for the catch, snags the ball and taps his toes down in bounds before crashing to the ground. The play call was a fade to Evans no matter what. As McCown basically snapped the ball and immediately lofted the ball in his direction. Evans has been a red zone threat for the Bucs all season. Evans did very little after that touchdown grab early in the first quarter, but it wasn't because a lack of targets. Evans saw 8 targets, but only secured two for receptions. Many of his intended targets were uncatchable, however that is not factored into the box score. A trend of the Buccaneers quarterbacks this year has been to get the ball out of their hands, even if it means sailing it high and throwing a one-hop pass to a receiver to avoid a sack. Against the Panthers, McCown often targeted Evans, however it came in the form of an uncatchable pass too far out of bounds or in the dirt, simply to avoid taking a sack. Evans didn't seemed hampered by injury or overmatched by the Panthers defense, however game flow dictated that the Bucs weren't going to throw the ball 50 times, so Evans didn't see double digit targets. Evans is also a primary end zone threat, and the Bucs didn't get into striking distance very often on Sunday. Evans saw approximately 29% of the teams total targets.
2014 Week 16 vs GB (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Evans failed to reach the end zone, something we've become accustomed to seeing in recent weeks with the end zone threat. The Buccaneers' entire game plan was out of sync due to the Packers having several extended drives, not allowing the Bucs to get into a rhythm offensively. Evans saw a game high seven targets, but failed to do much with them. Evans did make a very nice catch with the Bucs backed up into their own end zone. From the 1-yard line in shotgun formation, Evans released off the line fairly easy in a fade route. McCown dropped the ball in to Evans over a corner and in front of a safety. Evans leaped to make the catch, spun around and tapped his two feet down before being pushed out of bounds. The play was crucial because it kept the drive alive and moved the Bucs out from the shadow of their own goal line. Evans continued to show great effort. On a 8 yard hitch towards the end of the game, he fought three defenders trying to tackle him and dove for a first down to keep the Bucs offense on the field. Overall, Evans and Jackson were the most targeted receivers again, accounting for half of McCown's targets, but the Bucs offense never clicked throughout the entire game since they were only the sideline for two-thirds of the day.
2014 Week 17 vs NO (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Evans benefited from Vincent Jackson leaving the game after the first series with a groin injury. Evans caught the only passing touchdown from Josh McCown early in the game. Evans lined up in the slot and ran an in-breaking route toward the middle of the field. The Saints ran an all out blitz, so the entire end zone was empty. McCown lobbed a speculative throw to where he assumed Evans would wind up after his break. Evans needed to slide to make the catch, but secured the ball well enough for his twelfth touchdown of the season. Evans led the team in targets with six, which accounted for just over 25% of the teams total targets. Evans only in completion came on a 9-route in which Evans had his man beat, but lost the ball in the sun and ended up running out of bounds instead of tracking down the underthrown, but catchable ball. Evans mostly lined up on the outside, but caught balls from the slot as well. He ran almost a full route tree of hitches, streaks, digs, square-ins, and out routes. He caught an out route from McCown late in the 1st half that set up a Sims touchdown run. On the play he broke hard, snapped his head around and caught the ball with outstretched arms like a 10-year veteran before tapping his toes near the sideline. Overall, Evans was no match for the Saints defensive backs, but jumping out to an unexpected big lead allowed for the Bucs to rely on Martin and Sims touchdown the ball almost 40 times, as opposed to McCown chucking the ball for the entire game.