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Buccaneers WR Mike Evans breaks franchise records for single-season receiving yards

Mike Evans, Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans passed Mark Carrier for the most receiving yards in a single season in franchise history against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, as he now has 1,481 yards on the year.

Evans has caught 84 passes while scoring seven touchdowns this season.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M University, was originally selected by the Buccaneers with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He immediately made an impact during his rookie campaign, hauling in 68 receptions for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. The following year, Evans was terrific once again, snaring 74 balls for 1,206 yards and three scores.

Evans then made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, racking up 96 catches for 1,321 yards while reaching the end zone 12 times.

In 2018, the Galveston, Tx. native continued his streak of 1,000-yard seasons, totaling 1,001 yards and five touchdowns off of 71 receptions on the year.

If only the Bucs could follow Evans’ lead.

Tampa Bay entered Sunday’s season finale with a record of 5-10 and will miss the playoffs yet again. The Buccaneers have not made the postseason since the 2007-08 campaign and have not won a playoff game since winning the Super Bowl in January 2003.

The Bucs could also be facing big changes this offseason, as there are no guarantees that quarterback Jameis Winston will be back and it appears that head coach Dirk Koetter is on his way out.

Tampa Bay actually got off to a 2-0 start this season but then proceeded to lose seven of its next eight games, falling out of the playoff picture by the middle of November.