The Buccaneers have the top NFC South receiver in Mike Evans.
If Julio Jones is indeed on his way out of the NFC South, the Buccaneers could be a few days away from having the best wide receiver in the NFC South. Mike Evans has always been dominant, but ignoring his talent will become even more difficult when Jones leaves.
Statistically speaking, Jones was at the top of the division for the majority of the time in his career. Michael Thomas and Mike Evans were always close on his heels, but Bucs fans have received a front-row seat to Jones’ greatness for the better part of the last decade.
With Jones gone and Thomas’ inconsistency based on injuries and a limited route tree, Mike Evans is set to become the undisputed best at his position in the division. Evans already had the talent to make a compelling case this season, even if Jones remained, but it is now a foregone conclusion.
Evans has been the pinnacle of consistency and loyalty during his time with the Buccaneers. The star receiver in Tampa has gone through more coaches, quarterbacks, and offensive systems than most other players in the league.
Despite every card in the deck being stacked against him, Evans has continued to produce at a rate that others could only dream of reaching. Even with the difficulties, Evans is able to pull 1,000-yard receiving seasons out of his hat like a magician in Las Vegas, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.
The league worried about Evans with Jameis Winston. 1,000-yard season. The league worried about Evans with Tom Brady and his weaker arm. 1,000-yard season. It’s time to acknowledge that Evans isn’t slowing down.
Mike Evans has proven that even injuries aren’t enough to slow him down at this point, and his ability to adapt to any situation makes his status as the top receiver in the division as clear as day.
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