|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 7|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 231 lb.|
|Born:||August 21, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (7)|
Evans (hamstring) was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill-position players that worked out with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
Analysis: Team facilities are beginning to open up to a limited number of administrative employees, but coaches and players are still prohibited. However, the NFL is allowing players to get together for workouts in their local cities as long as they are abiding by governmental regulations, and with Florida beginning to quickly loosen restrictions, Brady has wasted no time getting together with as many of his key skill players as possible. Evans is naturally at the had of that group, and Tuesday, he could be seen walking through routes alongside his new quarterback in order to nail down exactly where Brady wants him to make his cuts. Evans averaged 78.8 receptions, 1,241.8 yards and 7.2 touchdowns across 15 games per season over his five campaigns playing with Jameis Winston, and those already impressive numbers are expected to potentially see a boost with the significant upgrade at quarterback.
Evans (hamstring) is slated to catch passes from Tom Brady during the 2020 season now that the latter has signed with the Buccaneers, Jim Trotter of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Despite playing with interception-prone Jameis Winston, Evans proved to be an excellent fit for coach Bruce Arians' offense during his first season within the scheme. The towering wideout generated a solid 67-1,157-8 line across 13 games before a hamstring injury robbed him of the last trio of regular-season contests. Evans has averaged over 17.0 yards per grab in each of the last two seasons, a stretch during which he's logged 43 receptions of 20 or more yards, including 13 of greater than 40 yards. There are some lingering questions about Brady's arm strength after he reportedly dealt with some elbow issues over the final quarter of the 2019 campaign, but
Evans (hamstring) didn't play in the Pro Bowl.
Analysis: Evans was named to the initial roster and later replaced by Amari Cooper. The Bucs' star wideout missed the final three weeks of the regular season with a hamstring injury, but he nonetheless surpassed 1,000 yards for a sixth time in as many pro seasons. Evans is signed through 2023, while quarterback Jameis Winston just completed the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. There hasn't been any report of Evans requiring offseason surgery.
The Buccaneers placed Evans (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Evans hasn't practiced in any capacity since suffering a strained hamstring Week 14 during the win over Indianapolis, and he'll now land on season-ending IR. In a corresponding move, the Buccaneers opted to promote depth wideout Spencer Schnell from the practice squad. With the status of Chris Godwin (hamstring) uncertain for Week 16's tilt against the Texans, Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson could be in line to start at wide receiver and lead Tampa Bay's aerial attack. Evans appeared in 13 games during the 2019 campaign, recording 67 catches on 118 targets for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns.
Evans (hamstring) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The Buccaneers haven't ruled Evans out for the season since he strained his hamstring in the Week 14 win over the Colts, but he's now missed four consecutive practices and may be trending toward a second straight missed game Saturday against the Texans. With Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scott Miller (hamstring) also spectators at practice to begin the week, the Buccaneers could be forced to rely heavily on Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson as their starting wideouts versus Houston.
Evans (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Detroit, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Evans wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week and is also in danger of missing the final two games of the season. Coach Bruce Arians said the team hasn't considered a move to injured reserve, but the discussion should come up soon if Evans doesn't display tangible progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury. Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson, Scott Miller and Cameron Brate are viable candidates to pick up some of Evans' vacated snaps, while Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard already have full plates from a playing-time perspective but could be in line for a few extra targets. Fantasy mangers shouldn't bank on having Evans back in the lineup for Week 16 or 17.
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the Buccaneers have no plans to place Evans on injured reserve, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Evans underwent an MRI on Tuesday, the results of which have yet to be disclosed, but Arians affirmed Wednesday that the star wideout is dealing with a hamstring strain and hearkened back to him working through a similar issue in June. It was reported Monday that Evans is considered 'very doubtful' to suit up Week 15 against the Lions, but the Buccaneers appear to be holding out hope for the 26-year-old to progress quickly in his recovery and return to the lineup during the final two games of the season. Should Evans suffer any setbacks in his recovery, his candidacy for IR could be reconsidered. In any case, Chris Godwin will serve as the go-to No. 1 option in Tampa Bay's aerial attack as long as Evans remains sidelined, while Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Scott Miller (hamstring) could play expanded depth roles.
Evans (hamstring) is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It was reported Monday that Evans was 'very doubtful' heading into the Week 15 matchup against the Lions, but now it appears that the star receiver likely won't be back in 2019. Fowler notes that it would take an 'unexpected improvement' for Evans to make a return this season. With Evans sidelined, Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson could see increased roles while Chris Godwin takes over as the unquestioned No.1 in the Tampa Bay offense.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Evans (hamstring) is "very doubtful" for the Buccaneers' Week 15 game in Detroit, though the wideout hasn't been ruled out for the season, Scott Smith of Tampa Bay's official site reports.
Analysis: Evans was sent in for an MRI after a hamstring injury caused him to pull up lame on a 61-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's 38-35 win over the Panthers. Arians' postgame comments intimated the Buccaneers were bracing for bad news from the tests, but the coach relayed Monday that Evans has been diagnosed with a pulled hamstring -- an encouraging outcome, all things considered. While Evans likely won't make it back for next weekend, the Buccaneers could welcome him back to the lineup for the final two games if he progresses quickly from the injury, just as he did previously when he dealt with the issue in OTAs. Assuming Evans sits out against Detroit, Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Scott Miller (hamstring) could all be in line for enhanced roles behind No. 1 receiver Chris Godwin.
Evans is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday as the Buccaneers look to determine the severity of the right hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's 38-35 win over the Colts, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Buccaneers seem to be bracing for bad news on Evans' tests, as coach Bruce Arians said after Sunday's game that he would be "shocked" if the wideout is ready to play before Week 17, per Laine. Evans at least made an impact for fantasy managers before departing in the first quarter with the hamstring injury, which he tweaked while outrunning Colts cornerback Pierre Desir on a 61-yard touchdown reception. Second-year receiver Justin Watson stepped up the most following Evans' exit, finishing with five grabs on eight targets for 59 yards and his first career touchdown.
The hamstring injury Evans suffered in Sunday's 38-35 win over the Colts could be of the season-ending variety, Roy Cummings of PewterPirates.com reports.
Analysis: Evans pulled up lame after taking his only reception 61 yards for a touchdown in the first half against the Colts. Head coach Bruce Arians sounded a highly pessimistic tone about Evans' status in his postgame press conference, saying the word on the Pro Bowl receiver was "not good". More updates are certain to come over the next 24-to-48 hours, with an MRI almost assuredly on tap. In the interim, with what appears to be at least a one-game absence in Evans' immediate future, Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman could be the primary beneficiaries.
Evans won't return to Sunday's game versus the Colts due to a hamstring injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Jameis Winston hit Evans in stride for a 61-yard TD near the end of the first quarter, but in the process the wide receiver pulled up at the end of the play and seemed to be favoring his right hamstring. With no chance to return Sunday, Evans' status will be monitored closely to get a sense of the injury.
Evans secured four of 11 targets for 53 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Evans paced the team in targets, but it only equated to his third straight sub-70-yard effort through the air. The multi-time Pro Bowler has gone four consecutive games without eclipsing the century mark overall, but the fact he's now seen double-digit targets in five contests this season speaks to how locked in his volume is. Evans will look to bounce back with better numbers against the Colts in Week 14.
Evans secured four of eight targets for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Evans tied position mate Chris Godwin for the team lead in targets, but he was a distant second in receptions and particularly receiving yardage. Evans and Godwin appear to often alternate weeks as the top target for Jameis Winston, and while Sunday was definitely Evans' turn to play second fiddle, he did eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth straight season to open his career with Sunday's tally. The multi-time Pro Bowler naturally retains plenty of upside heading into a Week 13 interconference tilt against the Jaguars.
Evans brought in four of eight targets for 69 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Evans ostensibly got a matchup boost when Marshon Lattimore was ruled out of the contest earlier in the week due to a hamstring injury, but he was unable to fully capitalize. The multi-time Pro Bowler has now been under the century mark in back-to-back games after putting up a combined 378 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the prior pair of contests. Evans is still arguably Jameis Winston's top target on the majority of weeks despite the occasional fluctuation in production, so he'll be in play in all formats once again for a Week 12 battle against the Falcons.
Evans has an improved Week 11 outlook with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's game, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official website reports.
Analysis: It's been an interesting one-on-one matchup since Lattimore entered the league in 2017, with each bout producing a decisive winner. Evans roasted the Saints for 233 yards on just 13 targets in two games last season, but he then put up a goose egg in a Week 5 loss this year. It's really only relevant for daily fantasy, considering Evans is on pace for a 96-1,643-12 receiving line. He's a solid WR1 in any matchup, working on four straight games with more than 80 yards.
Evans brought in nine of 17 targets for 96 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: A week after being blanked for only the second time in his career, Evans was peppered with a team-high amount of targets. The efficiency wasn't exactly high for the multi-time Pro Bowler, but the performance did serve as a much-needed resurgence. Evans' day could certainly have been even bigger, as he was the intended target on three of Jameis Winston's five interceptions. With a strong performance under his belt heading into the bye week, Evans will look to stay hot against the Titans in a Week 8 road interconference matchup.
Evans failed to bring in any of his three targets in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Evans suffered the indignity of an empty stat line for the first time in his career, a shocking development given Evans' talent, his typically ample target share and the fact he'd even come into the game tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns. The 26-year-old had been enjoying a typically solid season prior to Sunday, and the matchup against Marshon Lattimore is one that Evans has had issues with in the past. Consequently, he'll look to bounce back in another difficult matchup versus James Bradberry and the Panthers in Week 6 across the pond in London.
Evans secured four of seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Evans got loose for a long touchdown for the second straight week, recording a 67-yard scoring reception early in the fourth quarter to quickly answer a Rams touchdown that had brought Los Angeles within 11 points. As reported by Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, Evans had to leave the game temporarily in the second half to have his right wrist X-rayed, but he ultimately returned and did not seem to have any further issues. Chris Godwin has clearly ascended to at least the 1-A option at receiver, but as Evans demonstrated Sunday, he's still highly capable of providing big plays in his own right. He'll look to add to the four touchdowns he's accumulated over that last pair of contests when the Buccaneers face off with the Saints in a Week 5 divisional clash.
Evans caught eight of 15 targets for 190 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Evans was a one-man wrecking crew in the first half, catching three touchdown passes to help his team to an 18-point lead at the break. He added a season-long reception of 55 yards as well, finishing with the best yardage output since his rookie year. This is exactly what fantasy owners wanted to see from Evans, who totaled just 89 receiving yards on six catches through his first two games. He'll look to pick up where he left off next Sunday on the road against the Rams.
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