Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
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Held to two catches in win

Evans secured two of four targets for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.

Analysis: Evans was targeted in the end zone and drew a pass interference penalty on Darius Slay midway through the third quarter to set up a Leonard Fournette one-yard touchdown run, but he otherwise had a relatively quiet night. The temporary downturn is likely just a blip on the radar for Evans, who'd averaged 6.5 receptions, 92.3 receiving yards and 1.0 touchdown in 9.8 targets over his previous four games. The 28-year-old will look to boost his numbers back in a Week 7 home matchup against the Bears a week from Sunday.

Oct 14, 2021 9:49 PM EST

Visits end zone twice in blowout

Evans caught six of eight targets for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 45-17 win over Miami.

Analysis: Evans was overshadowed by Antonio Brown (124 yards and two touchdowns) and Chris Godwin (seven catches for 70 yards) for most of this one, but he turned it on late with touchdowns of 34 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter. The 28-year-old wideout has a pair of two-touchdown performances this season, and while he hasn't found the end zone outside of those games, Evans has racked up at least 75 receiving yards in every game since a 24-yard dud in the season opener. He'll remain an elite fantasy option in Week 6 against the Eagles, even with prominent cornerback Darius Slay guarding him Thursday.

Oct 10, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Leads team in targets

Evans had seven receptions (12 targets) for 75 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over New England.

Analysis: Evans led the Buccaneers in all receiving categories on a night where Tom Brady wasn't at his best. The large-framed wideout overcame a tough matchup against J.C. Jackson and turned in his third straight solid fantasy performance (6.7 receptions, 85.3 yards and two total touchdowns over that span). Evans will look to keep things rolling against a struggling Miami squad in Week 5.

Oct 3, 2021 9:22 PM EST

Tops 100 receiving yards

Evans recorded eight receptions on 10 targets for 106 yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Evans paced the team in receiving yards and was tied with Giovani Bernard as the only other pass-catcher to command double-digit targets. He provided a number of explosive gains, including a reception of 20 yards and two catches that went for 17 yards. After managing only 24 yards in Week 1, Evans has since managed 13 receptions, 181 yards and two touchdowns across his last two games combined. Next, he and the Buccaneers will travel to New England for a Week 4 matchup against the Patriots.

Sep 26, 2021 7:00 PM EST

Pair of scoring grabs in win

Evans secured five of nine targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: After mostly being left out of the fun in a wild Week 1 win over the Cowboys, Evans bounced back to pace the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets Sunday. He also made his first two end-zone visits of the season, notching one- and three-yard touchdown receptions in the second and third quarters, respectively. Evans unsurprisingly confirmed his lackluster Week 1 showing was nothing for fantasy managers to be overly concerned with, but he'll have the unenviable task of facing Jalen Ramsey and the rest of his Rams secondary mates on the road in Week 3.

Sep 19, 2021 4:53 PM EST

Quiet in Week 1 win

Evans secured three of six targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Analysis: On a night when the trio of Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski combined for 22 receptions, 316 yards and four touchdowns, Evans was notably the odd man out of the fun. The Pro Bowl wideout had a late drop and otherwise wasn't looked to as often as his trio of teammates, but that's hardly reason for fretting on the part of fantasy managers. Evans displayed excellent chemistry with Tom Brady during their first season together in 2020 to the tune of a 70-1,006-13 line, and the legendary quarterback will undoubtedly spread the wealth among his ultra-talented group of pass catchers as the season unfolds. Evans will have a good chance to bounce back when he faces the questionable Falcons secondary in a Week 2 home divisional matchup on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sep 9, 2021 10:00 PM EST

Restructures contract for cap space

Evans agreed to restructure his contract with the Buccaneers, creating $8.9 million in salary cap space, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's the typical cap-clearing agreement, converting base salary into bonus money. Evans still gets the same compensation, more or less, and still has three years remaining on a five-year, $82.5 million extension. He'll open his season at home in Tampa next Thursday night, facing a Dallas defense that likely will start CBs Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown on the perimeter. It's a favorable matchup for Evans, though the 6-2 Diggs at least can match-up from a size standpoint.

Sep 2, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Tallies two receptions

Evans recorded two receptions on three targets for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Analysis: Evans played for three drives alongside the majority of the team's offensive starters. He caught a pair of passes that went for nine and 11 yards respectively, but he was quiet otherwise. As has been the case for each of the last seven seasons, Evans will be a focal point of the offense and will look to get off to a hot start in Week 1 against Dallas.

Aug 28, 2021 11:31 PM EST

Not in line to play Saturday

Evan is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Bruce Arians doesn't anticipate any of the starters taking part, but Tom Brady was the only player named by the coach. In any case, we can assume that includes the likes of Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, who all, like Brady, played only the six offensive snaps of the first drive of the Bucs' exhibition opener this past Saturday.

Aug 16, 2021 4:58 PM EST

Already flashing midseason form

Evans has been particularly impressive over the first three days of training camp despite soaring temperatures, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "That's Mike," said head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday. "He should be, he's All-Pro. If he wasn't I'd be really concerned. Some of these guys didn't train in this humidity. Mike's one of these guys, he gets there and I'm really pleased with where he's at."

Analysis: The fact the multi-time Pro Bowler is standing out isn't completely newsworthy given his track record, but Evans made two especially impressive catches in Monday's two-minute drill and then was even more prolific throughout Tuesday's session. Evans appears to also have lost weight this offseason, and he's encouraged by the prospect of an offense that already appears to be reaping the benefits of having a year under Arians' system under its collective belt. "I felt that in mini camp," said Evans. "In mini camp, it seems like we didn't leave. It felt like we took a couple of weeks off and we're back it. I feel like we're going to be much better, especially offensively this year.

Jul 27, 2021 10:04 PM EST

Looking lean this summer

Evans looked leaner at June minicamp, according to Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official website.

Analysis: Evans has always been one of the league's largest wideouts, typically listed with his combine measurement of 6-foot-5, 231 pounds. He might be a bit lighter this summer, but he'll still have the size advantage over every defensive back he faces. The soon-to-be 28-year-old finished last season with a career high for touchdowns (13) and a career low for targets (106), ultimately reaching 1,000 yards (just barely) for a seventh straight year. Tampa Bay's offense looks much the same as last season, featuring Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown at wide receiver, while O.J. Howard returns from an Achilles tear to join Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate at tight end.

Jul 19, 2021 1:54 PM EST

One long catch in SB LV win

Evans secured his only target for 31 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Analysis: Evans surprisingly saw as many targets as Tyler Johnson, offensive lineman Joe Haeg, Tanner Hudson and Ronald Jones, but he still found a way to make an impact in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win. Evans' one reception served as a game-long catch for the Buccaneers, and he also drew a critical pass interference penalty late in the first half that put the ball at the Chiefs' nine-yard line and set up a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Antonio Brown. Despite the relatively quiet finish to his team's title run, Evans and Brady quickly developed rapport this season and the sixth-year wideout finished with a solid 70-1,006-13 line over 15-plus games during the regular campaign. Assuming the future Hall of Fame quarterback returns in 2021, Evans could be in for an even better campaign.

Feb 7, 2021 8:19 PM EST

Puts in full practice Wednesday

Evans (knee) practiced in full Wednesday.

Analysis: The Buccaneers capped Evans' practice reps last week, as they would have done with just one week to prepare for game action. With said week behind him, he's been cleared to suit up for Super Bowl LV versus the Chiefs on Sunday. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown got back on the practice field in a limited capacity Wednesday, helping Tampa Bay inch closer to full capacity in its receiving corps.

Feb 3, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Limited at practice

Evans (knee) remained limited Friday at practice.

Analysis: Although he wasn't a full participant, the Bucs estimate that Evans wouldn't have any injury designation if they had a game to play this Sunday. He should be fine with another week to prepare for the Super Bowl, gearing up to face a solid KC secondary.

Jan 29, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Logs limited session

Evans (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Since picking up a knee injury Week 17, Evans' has had his practice reps capped, but he's still produced, per usual. Through three postseason games, Evans has compiled a 10-173-2 line on 21 targets. The Buccaneers are in the midst of their first of two weeks of preparation for Super Bowl LV, so there's little reason to believe Evans' status against the Chiefs is in question.

Jan 28, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Gets limited tag Wednesday

Evans (knee) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Evans has been managing a knee injury since Week 17, but he's still suited up for all three of the Buccaneers' playoff games. During that stretch, he hauled in 10 of 21 targets for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, Antonio Brown wouldn't have practiced if the team held a session, which is expected to continue this week. Tampa Bay has two weeks to get healthy for Super Bowl LV against the Chiefs, and if Brown is sidelined, like he was in the NFC Championship Game, Evans could be in line for a few more looks.

Jan 27, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Finds end zone in championship win

Evans secured three of eight targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Evans was far from efficient and saw a ball bounce off his outstretched hands in the fourth quarter, resulting in Tom Brady's second interception of the afternoon. However, the multi-time Pro Bowler did contribute a 16-yard scoring grab that opened the Buccaneers' scoring on the day, his second touchdown in as many postseason games. He'lll look to make it a hat trick in that department during a Super Bowl LV matchup versus either the Bills or Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Jan 24, 2021 3:52 PM EST

Cleared from injury report

Evans (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Evans injured his knee Week 17 but has nonetheless managed to play 84 and 88 percent of Tampa's offensive snaps in two playoff games. He caught six passes for 119 yards in the wild-card round, followed by just one reception for a three-yard touchdown in the divisional round. Antonio Brown's upcoming absence due to a knee injury of his own could push a few more targets toward Evans or Chris Godwin.

Jan 22, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Another limited showing

Evans (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Evans maintained his activity level from Wednesday, when his reps were capped in a walk-through session. Chris Godwin (quadriceps) is in the same boat as Evans, while Antonio Brown (knee) has been unable to practice this week. Even if Evans is unable to put in a full session Friday, it appears as if the Buccaneers are managing his practice reps to make sure he's ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Green Bay.

Jan 21, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Listed as limited Wednesday

Evans (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: The same applies to Chris Godwin (hip/quad) and Ronald Jones (finger/calf), with Greg Auman of The Athletic suggesting that the trio's listed limitations can be viewed as carry-over from last week. Evans logged limited practices in advance of this past Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, but ended up approaching the contest minus an injury designation.

Jan 20, 2021 2:13 PM EST

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