Mike Evans is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Taking this season and the record into account, there is a valid argument that exists naming Evans as one of the top-five receivers in the NFL right now. Unfortunately, the Mike Evans advantage for the Buccaneers drops off when facing off with Marshon Lattimore.
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In the two games against the Saints this season, Evans accounted for a mere 66 yards on five receptions. While this may be run of the mill for other receivers against great cornerbacks, this is not the norm for a player like Evans.
Evans and Lattimore have a substantial history at this point, with numerous penalties and physicality dotting the previous matchups. Evans had to fight Lattimore and less-accurate quarterbacks in prior seasons, but this year has been more of the same, even with an improved quarterback.
With Evans still coming off a scary knee injury, this matchup against an elite corner grows even more daunting, but it is still not impossible for the Bucs.
Evans still has a real chance of going out and dominating as he has in the past few weeks. “The hot hand” is a genuine concept in the NFL, and very few players have a hotter connection than Brady and Evans. If New Orleans invests everything in stopping Evans, they’ll still have to deal with the Buccaneers’ other more than capable receivers, but Lattimore is still not a player to overlook.
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