Buccaneers: Mike Evans primed to extend record in 2021

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Mike Evans is primed for more of the same in 2021.

As Buccaneers fans, we have been lucky for very few reasons in recent years. The coaching staff and quarterbacks have been anything but easy to root for. The defense, up until last season, was one of the worst in the NFL. The lone bright spot that has remained consistent is Mike Evans.

Evans has already cemented himself as the best offensive player in franchise history, and he isn’t far off from taking the title as the best player in team history too. Number 13 will hang in the rafters for all time of Raymond James even if Evans was to depart the team now, and it seems like that has a zero percent chance of happening.

Mike Evans has been the epitome of a team-first player. After taking pay cuts, sharing the limelight, and sticking with a horrible team through thick and thin, no player on the roster right now deserves to hold an NFL record more than Evans.

The Buccaneer lead man has become synonymous with 1,000-yard seasons. Going seven for seven during his time in the NFL reaching this mark, Evans has been able to overcome every distraction and detractor in Tampa to make this happen. It was fitting that Evans was able to secure his current record for 1,000-yard seasons last season.

Coaching changes, poor quarterback play, and injuries couldn’t stop Evans before, and they won’t stop him in 2021 either.

The good news for Mike is that coaching and quarterback play will both be great next season. For the first time in his career, Evans can go into the season knowing he will have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Tom Brady showed plenty of consistency in 2020, so one would expect for him to be even better after getting an entire season and a real offseason to prepare.

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With Brady in a clear position to compete for the MVP and another year of chemistry with his wide receivers, betting on Mike Evans to finish 2021 without 1,000 receiving yards would be a terrible waste of money.

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