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Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Wide Receiver #13
ADP:Round: 3, Pick: 4
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 231 lb.
College:Texas A&M
Age:27
Born:August 21, 1993
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 1 (7)
Draft Team:TB

Mike Evans: Bounce-back week in store?

Evans could be set for a resurgent Week 8 performance Monday night against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) ruled out for the contest.

Analysis: Jenna Laine of ESPN.com confirms Godwin fractured his index finger on his fourth-quarter touchdown reception in Sunday's win over the Raiders and will be forced to miss Week 8 at minimum. Evans has logged just four targets combined over the last pair of contests as he struggles to overcome a lingering ankle injury, but the combination of Godwin's absence and the extra day to heal up ahead of the Week 8 contest should leave him poised for a boost in opportunity and production. In the three games Godwin has already missed this season due to a concussion and a hamstring injury, Evans has notably eclipsed 100 yards receiving in two of them and logged a combined 27 targets overall.

October 27, 2020 5:47 PM EST

Mike Evans: Struggles in Week 7 win

Evans secured both of his targets for 37 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: By the end of the practice week, Evans had shed the injury designation he'd been carrying due to an ankle issue, but he isn't 100 percent by all accounts and continued to struggle getting open in Sunday's victory. Evans' target count lagged significantly behind that of fellow wideouts Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller, who logged nine looks apiece. The multi-time Pro Bowler has a combined 3-47 line over the past two games on four total targets, and he's also interspersed a pair of two-yard tallies among a couple of 100-yard efforts thus far this season. The impending arrival of Antonio Brown (suspension), who's slated to make his debut Week 9, now looms large over the fantasy fortunes of other members of the Buccaneers pass-catching corps, and given Evans is already trending in the wrong direction, he'll particularly be a player to monitor in a Week 8 Monday night battle against the Giants.

October 25, 2020 5:50 PM EST

Mike Evans: Ready for Sunday

Evans (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Evans even closed out the week as a full practice participant for the first time since Oct. 2. He's seen only 10 targets in the three games where both he and Chris Godwin have been active, but the Bucs shouldn't have too much trouble finding a way to keep both wide receivers regularly involved. The 6-foot-5 Evans has been living off touchdowns this year, scoring on six of his 23 receptions.

October 23, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Mike Evans: Maintains limited practice activity

Evans (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Both Evans and Chris Godwin (hamstring) have now had their reps capped in consecutive practices to begin Week 7, but head coach Bruce Arians hasn't suggested that either receiver is in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Raiders. After scoring at least one touchdown in each of the Buccaneers' first five games, Evans' streak came to an end in last week's 38-10 win over the Packers while Arians leaned on a run-heavy attack in the blowout. He finished the day with just two targets across his 51 offensive snaps, managing one 10-yard reception.

October 22, 2020 1:17 PM EST

Mike Evans: Begins week as limited

Evans (ankle) was listed as limited on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Evans followed a DNP/LP/LP practice breakdown last week, so kicking off Week 7 preparations with a limited session indicates he's further removed from the right ankle sprain that he picked up Week 4. Still, his status will be watched closely to ensure he's available for Sunday's visit to Las Vegas.

October 21, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Mike Evans: TD streak ends Sunday

Evans caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Packers.

Analysis: The two targets were a season low for Evans, and it's the first time all year he hasn't been able to haul in a TD -- although it is the third time in six games he's been held to 10 yards or fewer. The game script did him no favors, as the Bucs' defense dominated the action, but it was still worrisome that all three of those low yardage totals have come in the three games Chris Godwin was healthy enough to play in. Tom Brady will get another chance to make both his star receivers productive at the same time in Week 7's road clash with the Raiders.

October 18, 2020 8:14 PM EST

Mike Evans: Ready to go

Evans (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Packers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While he never made it back to full practice participation, Evans doesn't have an injury designation for Week 6. He'll have a bit of added target competition this Sunday, with Chris Godwin cleared to play for the first time since Week 3.

October 16, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Mike Evans: Makes limited return to practice

Evans (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: After the session, Evans told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that he's "definitely feeling better" after last Thursday's loss at Chicago. "Still some soreness, but nothing I can't play through." Evans' ability to get on the field bodes well for his upcoming availability, and he may have Chris Godwin (hamstring) at his side after his teammate logged a second consecutive limited session Thursday. Meanwhile, Scotty Miller (hip/groin) also had LP next to his name, and Justin Watson (chest) continued to practice in full.

October 15, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Mike Evans: Present for practice

Evans (ankle) was spotted on the field during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay listed Evans as a non-participant in their first practice of the week Wednesday, but the wideout looks like he'll have a good chance to at least put in a limited workout Thursday. The Buccaneers will reveal how extensively Evans was involved in the session when the team releases its second Week 6 practice report later Thursday. Evans' health situation appears to be the most unsettled among the Buccaneers' banged-up pass catchers, as Chris Godwin (hamstring), Scotty Miller (hip/groin) and Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) were all at least limited participants in Wednesday's practice, while Justin Watson (chest) practiced fully after sitting out the Week 5 loss to the Bears.

October 15, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Mike Evans: DNP on Wednesday

Evans (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Evans was noticeably hindered by his right ankle sprain last Thursday but still played 85 percent of the offensive snaps on his way to five catches (on nine targets) for 41 yards and one touchdown. He also didn't practice in advance of that game, so he doesn't necessarily have to this week either to be available for Sunday's game against the Packers. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) were limited Wednesday, while Justin Watson (chest) was full, so the group (aside from Evans) seems to be getting healthier.

October 14, 2020 2:21 PM EST

Mike Evans: Nabs league-leading sixth TD catch

Evans (ankle) brought in five of nine targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

Analysis: Evans was able to prove worthy of active status in pregame warmups, and he proceeded to have a solid impact on the game by ringing up the Buccaneers' only touchdown of the night. The Pro Bowl receiver now leads the NFL with six touchdown receptions, and he may have had a seventh had Tom Brady been able to properly place a deep ball on a fourth-quarter play where Evans had broken free down the left sideline. The sixth-year wideout will now have some extra days to heal up before a Week 6 home showdown versus the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 18.

October 8, 2020 9:04 PM EST

Mike Evans: Active Week 5

Evans (ankle) is listed as active Thursday at Chicago.

Analysis: Despite being unable to practice this week, Evans tested out his injured ankle during a pregame workout, cutting and making moves out of the break, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. After getting the all clear to play, Evans will take aim at a Bears defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown to wide receivers this season.

October 8, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Mike Evans: Set to suit up Thursday

Evans (ankle) is expected to play Thursday at Chicago, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports

Analysis: While the Buccaneers will be without wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest), they intend to have the services of Evans and Scotty Miller (hip/groin). The decision appears to hinge on Evans' pregame workout, which included cutting and "explosive" moves out of the break, per Stroud. Evans' ankles were taped up, too, so it seems to indicate he'll be out there Thursday.

October 8, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Mike Evans: Showing optimism for Thursday

Evans (ankle) will need to successfully complete pre-game workouts in order to be active Thursday night against Chicago, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Evans was the team's most targeted wide receiver Week 4 against the Chargers with Chris Godwin (hamstring) sidelined, but he emerged from the game with an ankle injury that forced him out of practice for the entire week. Even though he's operating on a short week, there's still optimism that Evans will take the field, though it absolutely warrants confirmation roughly 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. EST kickoff. Evans could be in for another target-heavy week if everything checks out in warmups, as Godwin has again been ruled out, while Scotty Miller (hip/groin) is considered questionable for the contest (though he's expected to play). A tough matchup awaits, however, as Evans and co. will be facing a Chicago team that hasn't given up a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver all year.

October 8, 2020 6:20 AM EST

Mike Evans: Status in question for Week 5

Evans (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest at Chicago, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Evans was unable to practice Monday or Tuesday, but he'll have a chance to suit up Thursday, unlike Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest). Assuming Evans is active, he'll be the primary pass-catching option for Tom Brady, while Scotty Miller (hip/groin) -- who also is questionable -- is the top option to fill in for Godwin in the slot.

October 7, 2020 12:21 PM EST

Mike Evans: No practice Tuesday

Evans (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The absence from Evans marks his second in as many days due to a right ankle sprain. Despite the injury, he racked up seven catches (on eight targets) for 122 yards and one touchdown this past Sunday versus the Chargers. He'll have one more opportunity to practice before the Bucs tab Evans with a designation for Thursday's game at Chicago.

October 6, 2020 10:34 AM EST

Mike Evans: Not seen Tuesday

Evans (ankle) wasn't present at the portion of Tuesday's walk-through open to the media, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: If he indeed doesn't take the field Tuesday, it'll mark Evans' second DNP of Week 5 prep. He toughed out a sprained right ankle this past Sunday against the Chargers, reeling in seven of eight passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. Ultimately, he doesn't necessarily have to practice in order to play Thursday at Chicago, but he still technically has two chances to do so before the Bucs release their final injury of the week Wednesday.

October 6, 2020 8:50 AM EST

Mike Evans: Listed as non-participant at practice

Evans (ankle) was listed as a non-participant in Monday's walk-through practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: A sprained right ankle that the wideout suffered in Sunday's win over the Chargers is the culprit, now it remains to be seen if he's able to recover in time to suit up Thursday night against Chicago. With Monday being used as a recovery day for many of the Bucs' banged-up players, what Evans is able to do on the field Tuesday should shed more light on his Week 5 status.

October 5, 2020 3:11 PM EST

Mike Evans: Medical evaluation on tap

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Evans is set to receive medical evaluation after suffering a right ankle sprain during Sunday's win over the Chargers, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Arians said Evans is "as tough as they come," and that the star wideout was on "a leg and a half" while playing through his injury Sunday. Evans managed to surpass the 100-yard mark and score despite being injured early, so there's reason to be optimistic that he could continue to play through the issue without missing time, but Thursday's upcoming contest against the Bears leaves only a short window for rest. Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that the Buccaneers should disclose more medical information Tuesday.

October 5, 2020 10:05 AM EST

Mike Evans: Eclipses 100-yard mark in win

Evans brought in seven of eight targets for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Evans overcome an ankle injury in the first half to pace the Buccaneers in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon. His late second-quarter touchdown grab, Evans' fifth of the season, was key to the Buccaneers' comeback, as Tampa Bay found itself down by a 24-7 score at the time. Evans was able to finish the contest despite occasionally showing some signs of lower-leg discomfort, but it appears he'll be ready to once again serve as the linchpin of the pass-catching corps in a quick Week 5 turnaround game versus the Bears on Thursday night, one that Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports Evans' fellow wideout Chris Godwin (hamstring) is unlikely to be ready for.

October 4, 2020 1:37 PM EST

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