The NFL Network continues to unveil their top 100 list of NFL players entering the 2019 season; the third member of the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers appears.
The third member of the 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers has made his way onto NFL Network’s top 100 list. Positively the last Buccaneer to make his way onto the NFL’s top 100 list is wide receiver Mike Evans.
After quite possibly his best season yet, Evans cracks the list as the 53rd best player in the league. This is a complete undersell of Evans, who is one of only two ever to tally 1,000 yards in their first five seasons with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Last season Evans recorded a career best 1,524 yards receiving on 86 catches (second more in careers), and scored eight touchdowns. He made his second Pro Bowl last year and now with Jameis Winston as the bonafide starter and developed chemistry, Evans may be, once again, looking at another career year.
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Evans joins Gerald McCoy (75th) and Jason Pierre-Paul (65th) on the top 100 list from last year’s Buccaneers team, and given the failures of the team last year, will be the last player to crack the list. If the Buccaneers provide some firepower this season, they could have more than just three players on the top 100 list next season.
Over his career, Evans has now recorded over 6,100 yards and 40 touchdowns on 395 catches over his five year career. Averaging over 1,200 yards, 79 catches, and eight touchdowns per season over your career is not a bad start to the first five years of a career.
Ranked as the 53rd best player among your peers seems criminally low for Evans, and if he has another season like he did last year, there is almost no way he can be ranked that low again. In 2019, Evans is still out to prove that he is a top five receiver in this league.