After a breakout season in 2016, Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans came in at 29 on the NFL Top 100 list.
Mike Evans not only dominated at the receiver position in 2016, he led the NFL in catches for a first down. He’s also one of only four receivers in history to start his career with three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Now? Well, now he’s being recognized by his peers as the 29th best player in the league on NFL Network’s Top 100 – after not being ranked at all in the 2016 list.
“When you have one of the best receivers in the league and you got the opportunity to throw it to him one-on-one, you gotta take that chance. My job is to throw it to his spot. His job is to beat the DB. He got a good release, I just put in his spot, he turned, and he got it. He adjust to that ball so well.”
Evans has high expectations coming into this season and he seems to be pretty well respected by opponents and teammates alike;
“He out there, making crazy catches. He done turned it up a notch”
Evans of course won Play of the Year at the NFL Honors for his one-handed catch against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.
“Definitely, I put him in my top five receivers in this league. Him and Winston, they got a connection. He seems to find him all the time, especially in the red zone.”
–Casey Hayward, Chargers Cornerback
“Look at him. Look at him. Just look at him. Mike Evans legit.”
–Charles James II, BIlls Cornerback
The expectations for Evans may be high, but the addition of players like DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard, and Chris Godwin will relieve some of the pressure Evans faced with double and triple teams he faced in 2016 when he was the lone offensive threat.