Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
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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

Makes one catch count

Evans brought in one of three targets for a three-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: On an evening where the Buccaneers passing game cooled off significantly, Evans tied a season-low figure in receptions while just exceeding his low-water mark in catches. However, the multi-time Pro Bowler at least made his one reception count, as it allowed Tampa Bay to overcome a 6-3 second-quarter deficit. Evans didn't appear to show any limitations with respect to the hyperextended knee he'd suffered back in Week 17, and he'll look to bounce back with a much more productive environment in what will admittedly be some challenging weather at Lambeau Field during next Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Jan 17, 2021 7:39 PM EST

Cleared for divisional round

Evans (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's NFC divisional-round matchup against the Saints.

Analysis: Evans managed a trio of limited practice sessions this week while continuing to recover from a hyperextended left knee sustained Week 17, and Jenna Laine of ESPN reports that he hope to be "closer to 100 percent" in New Orleans. The star wideout was only able to log one limited practice prior to the wild-card win over Washington, in which he gutted out his injury while catching six passes for 119 yards. His increased practice activity this week would seem to reinforce the notion that Evans will be at or near top form versus the Saints.

Jan 15, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Limited in practice

Evans (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: Back-to-back limited practices put Evans ahead of where he was last week. He logged just one limited session leading up to Tampa Bay's win over Washington, ultimately catching six passes for 119 yards while playing 84 percent of defensive snaps. There's little reason to think he'd miss the game against New Orleans this Sunday, hoping to remedy his poor track record against the Saints. Evans has averaged only 51.4 yards per game in 13 career matchups, struggling against top CB Marshon Lattimore the past couple seasons.

Jan 14, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Remains limited by knee injury

Evans (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: After injuring his left knee in the regular-season finale, Evans wasn't the worse for wear this past Saturday at Washington. While logging a typical 84 percent of the snaps on offense, he turned 10 targets into six catches for 119 yards. The Bucs appear to be managing Evans' reps to kick off prep for the divisional round, but he'll have two more chances to elevate to full participation before the weekend.

Jan 13, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Excels in wild-card win

Evans (knee) secured six of 10 targets for 119 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-23 win over Washington on Saturday night.

Analysis: Six days after suffering an ugly hyperextension, Evans was not only active and playing without restrictions, but thriving as the Buccaneers' leader in receptions and receiving yards. The veteran made a number of impressive catches throughout the contest, and his target tally was second only to that of fellow wideout Chris Godwin's. Evans' 100-yard effort marked his third time eclipsing the century mark in the last four contests dating back to Week 15, and he'll look to continue offering a similar caliber of production in next weekend's divisional-round matchup.

Jan 9, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Suiting up Saturday

Evans (knee) is listed as active Saturday at Washington.

Analysis: When Evans left leg got stuck in the end-zone turf Week 17, the potential for missed time seemed possible, but he progressed throughout the week, culminating in a limited practice Thursday and a listing of questionable for the wild-card round. Both Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network have since forecast that Evans would attempt to play through a knee injury, and indeed the wide receiver will be available to the Buccaneers offense Saturday. Having said that, Evans' workload may be capped to ensure he doesn't suffer a setback, which could result in more reps for Antonio Brown and Scotty Miller opposite Chris Godwin.

Jan 9, 2021 3:51 PM EST

On track to play

Evans (knee) is expected to play in Saturday's wild-card game against Washington, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bucs likely won't make things official until closer to 8:15 p.m. ET, but it looks as if the star wide receiver is expected to play in the pivotal playoff game. Evans practiced just once this week after injuring his left knee early in the Bucs' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

Jan 9, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Will attempt to play Saturday

Evans (knee) intends to play in Saturday's wild-card game in Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Evans officially is listed as questionable after managing just one limited practice Thursday, the result of injuring his left knee Week 17. Coach Bruce Arians told Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site that Evans is slated to be a "game-time decision" but believes the wideout "has a chance" to be available to the offense. Tampa Bay ultimately will make a decision on Evans' availability about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 8, 2021 9:29 PM EST

Questionable for wild-card round

Evans (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game at Washington.

Analysis: Shortly after achieving his seventh 1,000-yard season in a row this past Sunday, Evans got his leg stuck in the turf while attempting to make a catch in the end zone. He was unable to return to the contest, and while he's participated in a walk-through this week, he wasn't officially listed as anything but a non-participant until Thursday, when he was limited. Per Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site, coach Bruce Arians called Evans a "game-time decision" but also believes the wide receiver "has a chance" to suit up this weekend. Evans' status, one way or another, will be confirmed approximately 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2021 1:27 PM EST

Game-time decision

Coach Bruce Arians indicated that Evans (knee) is a game-time decision for Saturday night's playoff opener against Washington, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Arians thinks that Evans -- who got in some on-field work Thursday -- "has a chance" to play in Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET contest. To that end, the wideout has been "living in the training room" this week. Look for Evans to approach wild-card weekend officially listed as questionable by the Bucs.

Jan 7, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Returns to practice

Evans (knee) is participating in Thursday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Four days after exiting the Buccaneers' Week 17 win over the Falcons with a hyperextended left knee, Evans was back on the field for the team's final practice ahead of Saturday's wild-card game in Washington. According to Laine, during the open portion of the practice, Evans was spotted going through a dynamic warmup that included squatting and jogging. The Buccaneers will release their final injury report later Thursday, which will reveal the extent of Evans' participation in the closed portion of the practice, while also indicating whether he'll carry a designation into the playoff game. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times relays that the Buccaneers are optimistic Evans will be able to suit up Saturday, but how his knee responds to Thursday's practice will likely factor heavily into the team's decision on his status.

Jan 7, 2021 8:32 AM EST

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