The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the future of uncertainty at quarterback. One thing that is certain, is that Mike Evans will continue to produce regardless.
There are three certainties in life. They are death, taxes, and that Mike Evans will have 1000 yards receiving. Since entering the NFL in 2014, Evans has gifted fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a 1,000-yard receiving season each of his first eight seasons in the league. In doing so, he became the first player in the history of the NFL to go on such a run. Given the legends to play the wide receiver position, that is saying a whole lot.
No disrespect to Vincent Jackson, or one of this writers personal favorites Kevin House, but Evans is the greatest wide receiver in the history of the Buccaneers, and it honestly is not particularly close. Perhaps the most incredible thing about Evans’ millennium-mark production is the cast of characters he had throwing him the ball.
Sure, he obviously ate with Tom Brady, as most wide receivers do, as well as Jameis Winston who, despite his faults, is the all-time passing leader in the history of the Bucs franchise by a significant margin. Then of course there are the others. Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin, and Blaine Gabbert are the other cast of characters that Evans was so fortunate to have throwing him the pigskin thus far in his career.
As of today, the next quarterback of the Buccaneers, and in the career of Evans, remains a mystery. It’s also worth noting that with Chris Godwin likely departing by way of free agency, and Rob Gronkowski as good as gone whether it be by free agency or retirement, Evans will have the spotlight on him as the clear-cut number one option in the Buccaneers offense going forward.
However if history tells us anything, or if Mr. Consistency himself Mike Evans has taught us anything, it’s that regardless of who is under center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans will still get his to the benefit of both Tampa Bay’s football team, and potentially your fantasy football team when the smoke clears.