Mike Evans may be the greatest wideout in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. With so much work left to do, how far can Evans go?
In only five seasons, Mike Evans sits atop multiple receiving categories in Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise history. He surpassed the great Mark Carrier for the most receiving yards in Bucs history on Sunday.
After a four catch, 58-yard performance in Week 6, Evans now has 5,063 receiving yards in his career, just a tick over Carrier’s 5,018 yards.
This wasn’t the only record that Evans toppled in 2018. Earlier this season he caught his 35th touchdown pass to surpass Jimmie Giles for the most touchdown catches in team history.
Last season he became only the third player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. The only other players to accomplish that feat are Randy Moss and A.J. Green, that is some elite company.
If he hasn’t quite surpassed the final Buccaneers greats, it won’t be long before Evans sits alone as the best wideout in Tampa Bay’s history.
Evans hasn’t even hit his prime yet. At just 25, Evans will be putting up impressive numbers for a long time. He is already smashing franchise records and has another seven years (at least) left in the tank.
It’s still early in the 2018 season, but Evans is on pace to have the best season of his career. He already has 33 receptions, 484 yards and three touchdowns.
Putting the numbers aside, Evans has been remarkably consistent. When the offense needs to make a play, Evans has been there.
His massive frame has allowed him to dominate jump ball and red zone situations for his entire career, but Evans has become a different animal this season.
One of the elite targets in the NFL, Evans will be on the hunt for more Buccaneers records. The next mark on the list will be the James Wilder‘s 430 career receptions, the most for any Bucs receiver. Evans is just about 100 catches shy. That record may fall next as soon as next season.