Rounding out this list is perhaps the easiest player to definitively place beneath Mike Evans. Antonio Brown has experienced what can only be described as a catastrophic fall from grace after looking like one of the best wide receivers in the history of the NFL for six years.
Antonio Brown was the complete package and was able to serve as a perfect combination of a volume receiver and a high average receiver. Brown also had a higher yards per target rate than Evans with a total of 8.8. In total comparison in years past Brown certainly got the nod.
All of that is very different now. At this point in time it seems as though Brown has absolutely no shot of ever making it back to the NFL. At the rate AB is going, it will be hard to play any football at all in the future unless one of the newer leagues decided to take a shot on him.
Regardless, as of now Mike Evans is far better than Antonio Brown because it is impossible for a player outside of the NFL to be better than one who is in it. Antonio Brown can’t make the Pro Bowl or receive All-Pro acknowledgement when he has spit on the very institution that has created it.
Mike Evans, while perhaps lacking some of the otherworldly talent that AB possessed in his prime, has never been the problem that Brown has been. The Buccaneers should count themselves as lucky that they have a player who is so talented yet not the distraction that AB proved to be.
Mike Evans is the perfect combination of talented and humble. As for now, the Buccaneers are certainly in a better place due to the fact that Mike Evans has a very certain future in the NFL while Antonio Brown seems to have little shot of making it back despite his talent.