Mike Evans: All-time great Buccaneer on and off the field
By Rob Leeds
Mike Evans will go down in history for the Buccaneers.
Mike Evans is the epitome of a special player. The Buccaneers taking a chance on him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft will go down as one of the best picks in franchise history, and the team has been rewarded for that decision ever since.
In just seven seasons as a member of the Bucs, Evans has already comfortably set himself apart as the greatest offensive player in franchise history. Evans has made the Pro Bowl, set an NFL record, and has now won a Super Bowl, and most of this has been accomplished despite the substantial dysfunction surrounding his team.
Evans has set the NFL record for most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start a career, and he did this with constant coaching change, a carousel of quarterbacks, and almost no help from the rest of the roster.
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The star receiver for the Buccaneers has displayed consistency at the highest level for the entirety of his career and is always one of the best players on the field, regardless of the competition. Mike Evans sets himself apart by being equally good off the field too.
Mike Evans takes the “team-first” mentality that coaches rave about to the next level. The wide receiver position in the NFL is known for having plenty of divas, yet Evans has never taken on this trait.
When the offense leans on Scotty Miller or Chris Godwin, Evans is always the first one to show up and celebrate with his teammates. When Evans’ quarterbacks overthrow him for the tenth time that game, he keeps running the routes as hard as the last. Evans has always put his teammates first in Tampa, and he is going a step further after winning the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers are up against a tight cap window in 2021, and Evans has already made it known that he is willing to make less money next year to keep the roster intact. This type of team-first mentality will come in huge when the Bucs want to bring Chris Godwin back, and the fanbase can thank Evans for continuing to help the team, even off the field.
Mike Evans still has some time to go before he becomes the best player in franchise history, but he is already showing that this is a real contingency before the end of his career. The Buccaneers will always be lucky to have Evans on their roster, and he has proven that he will continue to help out the franchise in the coming years, both on the field and off.
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