Without a doubt, Mike Evans is one of the most valuable players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad. The 6’5” Wide Receiver is entering his fifth year in the league now, all of them with Tampa Bay. In his first four seasons, Mike Evans managed to catch passes for a total of more than 1000 yards each year, an incredible task which was not even achieved by top notch Wide Receivers such as Jerry Rice, Antonio Brown, or Larry Fitzgerald. The fact that Evans even missed a game in three of his four years, makes this accomplishment even more impressive.
Some see him as the best Wide Receiver the Bucs have ever had already. As far as statistics are concerned, the Texas A&M product has amassed an astonishing 309 Receptions for a total of 4579 yards and added 32 Touchdowns. He has already passed Buccaneers greats such as Vincent Jackson (268 receptions, 4326 yards, 20 Touchdowns in five years), Keyshawn Johnson (298 receptions, 3828 yards, 17 Touchdowns in four years) and Joey Galloway (248 receptions, 3912 yards, 28 Touchdowns in five seasons).
As a matter of fact, there are only two Wide Receivers in Buccaneers history whom Mike Evans has not yet surpassed. The first one is Kevin House, who played for the Buccaneers for seven seasons (1980 – 1986). He is the second all time leader in receiving yards with 4928, still ahead of Mike Evans. In the other two major categories for Wide Receivers, however, Evans has passed his 286 catches and 31 Touchdowns, as well.
Last but not least, number one on the list would be Mark Carrier, who was picked by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 1987 draft. Carrier stayed with the team for six years and is still the leading Wide Receiver as far as receiving yards (5018) and catches (321) are concerned. Furthermore, he added 27 scores to his outstanding numbers.
To put it in a nutshell, Mike Evans has been nothing short of amazing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so far in his career. Not only is he on pace to become the Buccaneers‘ leading Wide Receiver in the franchise’s history, he is also on the right track to become one of the greatest players to ever play in his position.
Keep up the good work, Mike!