Buccaneers: This Mike Evans stat puts him in Hall of Fame company

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

Mike Evans has already made quite a name for himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This stat shows that the Buccaneers great could be Canton bound.

Throughout his time in Tampa Bay, Evans has proved himself to be a loyal solider and a consummate professional. He has essentially been the Bucs’ offense version of Lavonte David throughout his career. Evans is also the first, and so far only, player in NFL history to have over 1,000 receiving yards in his first seven seasons in the league. So far in 2021, he’s on pace to make it a perfect eight. That stat puts him in a class and company all by himself.

There’s another stat, that puts Evans among some of the NFL’s all-time greats.

Not too shabby.

Marvin Harrison put up catch totals that were mind-boggling, Randy Moss is an absolute freak of nature, Calvin Johnson is as well. If Tom Brady isn’t the GOAT of GOATs, then Jerry Rice can easily take that title. The point is, this group is insane, and Mike Evans is a part of it.

The crazy part is, many can attribute their success to both their all-time talent, but also their quarterbacks as well. Evans has only been playing with Tom Brady for a year and a half. Before that, he was putting up these numbers with Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mike Glennon, and Josh McCown. That isn’t exactly a murder’s row, depending on who the target it is of course.

The debate about Evans’ Hall of Fame credentials will almost assuredly rage on for years after he hangs up the cleats, as is the case with most potential inductees. When these stats are taken into account though, it should certainly help his case. The other thing to consider is, Evans is only getting better if that was even possible.