Evans is going to be all over the the wrong side of the highlights this week, but he overall had an impressive game. It was Evans in deep coverage on Julio Jones’ long touchdown from fellow receiver Mohamed Sanu, but he was in solid position and got a subtle shove from Jones to create extra space; I hope that fans don’t let that play diminish Evans’ overall performance.
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The rookie safety finished with eight total tackles, including a tackle for loss. The eight tackles were Evans’ most in a game since week four against the Patriots, and he now has 44 on the season along with two interceptions. Beyond his stats Evans in general seemed to be around the ball all game, and at one point perfectly played a deep incompletion from Ryan intended to Julio Jones. For a secondary that desperately needs good players, the Buccaneers have to be pleased with what they’ve gotten so far out of their second round pick.
Who is the best player in the 2018 draft with the last name “Evans”? Because the Bucs need to draft that guy. The Bucs’ offensive iteration of Evans had his most targets since week four with twelve, and turned those into six catches for 78 yards. He led the team in receiving yardage, and was second in catches to the equally impressive DeSean Jackson.
Evans hasn’t been nearly the same dominant force that he was last year, but in his last two starts with Ryan Fitzpatrick he’s strung together a pair of quality games. With Jameis Winston set to return next week and a vulnerable Packers defense on the slate, Evans is in good position to get his first hundred yard effort of the season. Don’t be surprised if he makes this list once again.