Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #13
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Mike Evans News

Spectacular TD in close loss

Evans secured eight of 16 targets for 119 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday.

Analysis: With Tom Brady clearly bothered by an aggressive Rams front for most of the afternoon, Evans' efficiency became a victim of some hurried throws and tight coverage for a good chunk of the contest. However, he delivered what would have been remembered as the igniter of one of the most memorable comebacks in NFL postseason history when he cleanly beat Jalen Ramsey in one-on-one coverage down the right side for a 55-yard touchdown grab with 3:20 remaining to bring the Buccaneers within seven. Evans' 100-yard effort puts a bow on another spectacular season for the eight-year veteran, one in which he racked up a career-high 14 touchdowns alongside tallies of 74 receptions and 1,035 yards across 16 games before posting a 17-236-2 line on 26 targets in two playoff contests.

Jan 23, 2022 4:04 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in win

Evans secured nine of 10 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.

Analysis: Evans comfortably paced the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on an afternoon in which Tom Brady unsurprisingly honed in on him more than any other member of the team's depleted pass-catching corps. The highlight of the veteran's day came on an impressive 36-yard touchdown grab in the latter portion of the third quarter immediately following a Tampa Bay interception. Evans' first opportunity to build on a fruitful postseason-opening effort will come next weekend in a divisional-round battle against either the 49ers or Cowboys.

Jan 16, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Gets back to full participation

Evans (hamstring) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: With the upgrade from being limited at Wednesday's walkthrough, Evans is good to play through the hamstring injury that he picked up Week 15 against the Saints. While suiting up the last two games of the regular season, his snap shares of 75 and 72 percent were below his typical 80-plus, but he still manage to gather in 10 of 14 targets for 136 yards and three touchdowns. In a receiving corps down Chris Godwin (knee) for the Buccaneers' playoff run, Evans is the clear top option at wide receiver, and significant volume is likely with the likes of Cyril Grayson (hamstring), Breshad Perriman (hip) and Justin Watson (quadriceps) tending to health concerns.

Jan 13, 2022 1:35 PM EST

Still dealing with hamstring injury

Evans was limited by a hamstring injury at Wednesday's walkthrough, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Evans picked up the health concern in a Week 15 loss to the Saints and subsequently was sidelined Week 16 at Carolina. Shortly thereafter, he had a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he was able to clear league protocols in time to play Week 17. Still, Evans has been bothered by the hamstring in practice, only to suit up for the final two games of the regular season, a span in which he turned 14 targets into 10 catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns. In a receiving corps that is now down Chris Godwin (knee) and Antonio Brown, Evans is the primary wide receiver for Tom Brady in the passing game. Evans will aim to put in a full practice Thursday and/or Friday, which will clear him for Sunday's playoff opener against the Eagles.

Jan 12, 2022 2:21 PM EST

Pair of TDs in finale

Evans brought in six of seven targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The Bucs' undisputed top receiver played like it Sunday, hauling in touchdown tosses of three and 20 yards in fourth quarter to help ice the game for Tampa Bay and snap his own single-season franchise record in that category in the process. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports Evans went down with what appeared to be an arm injury on the reception that gave him 1,000 yards for the eighth straight season, but he was quickly back in the contest without any further signs of limitation. Assuming full health, Evans will naturally have a major role in the passing attack in next weekend's wild-card matchup against the Eagles.

Jan 9, 2022 5:23 PM EST

Puts in full practice

Evans (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Evans' ability to take all reps during Thursday's session seemingly confirms that his limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related. After sitting out Week 16 with the hamstring issue and then testing positive for COVID-19, Evans was able to move past the injury and illness to play three quarters of the Buccaneers' snaps on offense in last Sunday's 28-24 win over the Jets. Unless the Bucs elect to rest starters at some point during the Week 18 contest, Evans should see his snap share increase and serve as the clear No. 1 wideout while he's on the field. Chris Godwin (knee) is out for the season and Antonio Brown (ankle) was released Thursday, suddenly leaving Evans without much competition for targets.

Jan 6, 2022 12:22 PM EST

Still tending to hamstring injury

Evans (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Evans sat out Week 16 due to a hamstring issue, which was followed by a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Fortunately, he was able to clear league protocols last Friday, cap Week 17 prep with a limited practice and enter the weekend as questionable for this past Sunday's road game against the Jets. Evans' offensive snap share of 75 percent was among his lowest for a complete contest this season, but he still put up four catches (on seven targets) for 47 yards and one touchdown in the 28-24 win. With Antonio Brown (personal) expected to be cut loose by the Buccaneers in the near future, Evans is the team's clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver due to Chris Godwin (knee) out for the season. Evans now will aim to head into Sunday's season finale versus the Panthers without an injury designation.

Jan 5, 2022 12:42 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Evans secured four of seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Evans put the Buccaneers' first points on the board with a four-yard scoring grab in the first quarter but had a relatively quiet afternoon otherwise. The veteran seemed to show no ill effect from the hamstring injury that cost him Week 16, and with the pending release of Antonio Brown following his actions in Sunday's game, Evans should be in for a significant workload in Week 18 against the Panthers and the postseason.

Jan 2, 2022 3:36 PM EST

Active as expected

Evans (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Evans will make his return from a one-game absence as expected after also overcoming a COVID-19 designation earlier in the week. Evans has only managed one limited practice, which occurred Friday, over the last two weeks, leading to reports he could have his snap count somewhat limited Sunday. The multi-time Pro Bowler, who has 17 receptions of greater than 20 yards this season, will face a Jets team that's struggled with preventing downfield plays, allowing a co-NFL-high 12% explosive pass play rate.

Jan 2, 2022 8:37 AM EST

Expected to play but limited

Evans (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, is expected to play in a limited capacity, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Evans participated in practice Friday on a limited bases after being on the COVID-19 list Monday through Thursday. He sat out every practice last week and missed last Sunday's win over Carolina due to a hamstring injury. It sounds like from this report that he'll suit up and play, but he could be a risky fantasy option if he's on a playing time limit despite an enticing matchup against the Jets.

Jan 1, 2022 10:51 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Evans (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Evans was on the COVID-19 list Monday through Thursday, after sitting out every practice last week and missing Sunday's win over Carolina due to the hamstring injury. Both he and Antonio Brown appear truly questionable entering the weekend, and it won't surprise if either or both are treated as game-time decisions ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden (reserve/COVID-19) and Justin Watson (questionable/quad) are Tampa's other options at wide receiver.

Dec 31, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Returns from COVID list

Evans (hamstring) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Evans landed on the COVID list early this week but was able to clear the health and safety protocols over the past few days. However, the 28-year-old isn't necessarily in the clear to play Sunday against the Jets, since he continues to nurse the hamstring strain that sidelined him for Week 16.

Dec 31, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Back at team facilities

Evans (undisclosed) ran routes and was on the receiving end of passes from reserve quarterback Ryan Griffin at the Buccaneers' facilities Thursday, indicating the team has activated him from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: The move isn't official, but Evans likely cleared league protocols. Stroud noted that Evans seemed to get fatigued, which could be a residual effect of his time away from the team, or merely due to the hamstring issue that he sustained in his last appearance Week 15 against the Saints. If he's indeed off the COVID-19 list, Evans should show up on Thursday's injury report, perhaps as a limited participant due to his minimal activity.

Dec 30, 2021 10:47 AM EST

Moved to COVID-19 list

Tampa Bay placed Evans (hamstring) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: After missing the Buccaneers' Week 16 win over the Panthers due to the strained hamstring, Evans was gearing up for a potential return to the lineup Week 17 against the Jets, but his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list provides another complication in his effort to play Sunday. If vaccinated, Evans will have a chance to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol prior to Sunday's game, but he'll almost certainly miss practice time leading up to the contest. With that in mind, Evans will more than likely miss his second straight game, leaving Antonio Brown as the clear No. 1 target in the passing game for quarterback Tom Brady.

Dec 27, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Could return for Weeks 17 and 18

Evans (hamstring), who is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, has a chance to return for the Buccaneers' final two contests of the regular season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay is viewing Evans as week-to-week after he injured his hamstring in last Sunday's loss to the Saints, but the 28-year-old appears to be dealing with a low-grade strain that should take a long-term absence off the table. That said, after failing to practice in any capacity Wednesday through Friday, Evans will likely need to return to the field next week as at least a limited participant in order to have a realistic shot at suiting up for the Buccaneers' upcoming matchup with the Jets. With both Evans and Chris Godwin (knee) -- who is out for the season -- sidelined in Carolina, the Buccaneers will turn to a combination of Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Justin Watson to fill snaps at receiver behind No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown, who is making his return to the lineup after a multi-week absence.

Dec 26, 2021 7:00 AM EST

Not playing Week 16

Head coach Bruce Arians said Evans (hamstring) won't play Sunday in Carolina, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Evans wasn't able to practice in any fashion Wednesday through Friday after straining his hamstring in the Buccaneers' shutout loss to the Saints in Week 15, so his absence for the upcoming weekend comes as little surprise. With Evans sidelined and Chris Godwin (knee) shut down for the season, Antonio Brown (ankle) -- if cleared to play following a 10-week absence for injury and suspension -- will be locked in as the Bucs' clear No. 1 receiver, while both Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller should have regular roles in three-wideout sets and enjoy bumps in both snaps and targets. Tampa Bay could also deploy more frequent two-tight end sets featuring a combination of Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

Dec 24, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Not at practice

Evans (hamstring) wasn't in attendance for Thursday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Evans will go down as a non-participant on the Buccaneers' official practice report for the second day in a row, an early sign that he's not on the right track to play Sunday in Carolina. With Chris Godwin (knee) shut down for the season and Antonio Brown (ankle) not a safe bet to suit up this weekend either coming off a 10-week absence due to injury and suspension, the Buccaneers could be without their top three receivers. Even the depth behind the trio is being tested to some degree, as Breshad Perriman is still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Justin Watson (knee) resumed practicing earlier this month but has yet to be activated from the reserve/PUP list.

Dec 23, 2021 8:29 AM EST

Listed as DNP

Evans (hamstring) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Bucs only held a walk-through but wouldn't have had Evans available if they'd been scheduled for a real practice. He hasn't been ruled out for the upcoming game against Carolina, but it doesn't look great after the early exit from Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Saints. With teammate Chris Godwin (knee) out for the season, Antonio Brown could be the Bucs' No. 1 receiver this week in his first game back from a prolonged absence.

Dec 22, 2021 12:22 PM EST

Chance to play Sunday

Evans suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday's loss to the Saints and has a chance to play in Week 16, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Although Evans is considered week-to-week due to his hamstring strain, he has the potential to suit up Sunday against Carolina. The Buccaneers will monitor his status ahead of Week 16, but Evans could see an uptick in targets if he's available since Chris Godwin (knee) has been ruled out for the season.

Dec 20, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Optimism about injury severity

Evans (hamstring) may have avoided a serious injury after being forced out of Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Evans escaping without a severe injury is particularly good news for the Buccaneers considering that Chris Godwin (knee) is reportedly in danger of missing the rest of the regular season due to an MCL sprain. That said, soft tissue injuries can be difficult to deal with, so Evans' status at practice will need to be monitored closely before any assumptions about his Week 16 availability can be made.

Dec 20, 2021 7:47 AM EST

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