Buccaneers’ Mike Evans becomes all-time franchise leader in receptions
Mike Evans is in his sixth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he’s already breaking franchise records. Following Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Evans became the all-time franchise leader in receptions.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 27, 2019
Before Sunday, James Wilder held the franchise record with 430 receptions. Wilder was a halfback for the Buccaneers from 1981-1989. He was able to haul all 430 receptions in 113 games played for Tampa Bay.
On the other hand, Evans caught 11 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8. With the 11 receptions, he has reached 433 receptions in his career with the Buccaneers. Most impressively, Evans was able to surpass Wilder in 29 fewer games.
Ever since Tampa Bay selected Evans with the seventh-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, he’s been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Since being drafted in 2014, Evans has had five straight seasons of posting at least 68 receptions and 1,000 yards.
Coming out of Texas A&M, Evans was considered to be a home-run hitter. So far, that’s held true with Evans averaging 15.6 yards per reception in his career.
This season, the 6-foot-5 wide receiver has already hauled in 38 receptions for 662 yards and six touchdowns. Therefore, he is on pace to get nearly 87 receptions on the season. That would be the second-most in his career (behind the 96 he had in 2016).
At 26-years-old, Evans still has plenty of time left in his career to set other records with the Buccaneers. Regardless, Evans is already one of the best players to play for the Buccaneers in their 44 years of being a franchise.