The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a roster full of underrated players. One Buccaneers receiver in particular is now getting flat out disrespected.
Mike Evans is the first, and only, player in NFL history to start his career with eight consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. That is certified lunacy if you really stop to think about it. His eight total 1,000-yard seasons for his career are currently tied with Torry Holt, Brandon Marshall, Marvin Harrison, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Largent, Reggie Wayne, Chris Carter, Issac Bruce, and Steve Smith for the fourth-most in NFL history. For those keeping score at home, that’s four Hall of Famers out of those nine names mentioned. The thing is though, those eight seasons were for the entirety of their respective legendary careers. Evans has only played eight seasons TOTAL and is already lumped in with those gridiron greats.
The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has been the model of consistency since the Buccaneers drafted him seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, despite being one of the consistent top receivers in the entire league, it always felt like Evans never got the respect and recognition he’s so rightfully deserves. This stat pointed out on NFL on CBS official Twitter account says all you need to know.
With that touchdown production ahead of receivers consistently named as the best of the best in today’s game, how is it that Evans has never been named as a first-team All Pro? In fact, what makes it even crazier is that he was only named as a SECOND-team All Pro once, and that came in 2016 with Jameis Winston and two games of Mike Glennon throwing him the rock. He’s been in the top ten, five, and three in touchdowns and receiving yards in multiple seasons, so what gives?
The disrespect doesn’t even stop there. It’s gotten to the point that even in fantasy football circles, Evans is always seen as a mid-round pick as opposed to a top wide receiver.
None of this adds up. Is it because he plays in Tampa Bay? It can’t be because Tom Brady is getting all of the credit, because this is only going to be the third season they were even together. Make it makes sense. Please.
At the end of the day, Mike Evans will eventually be named first team all pro at some point. With his production, it’s simply inevitable. However, the greatest wide receiver in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, can rest easy knowing that he should already have a bust being prepared in Canton, Ohio as we speak. That of course is assuming that the disrespect doesn’t go all the way up to the Hall of Fame voters. One thing at a time though.