Bucs’ Mike Evans joins Randy Moss as only NFL players with 1,000 receiving yards in first six seasons
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t having a spectacular season by any means but that hasn’t prevented Mike Evans from having another fantastic year. After catching a 17-yard pass on Sunday, Evans has joined Randy Moss as the only NFL players who have had 1,000 receiving yards in their first six seasons.
With his 17-yard reception in the second quarter, @MikeEvans13_ topped 1,000 receiving yards this season.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 24, 2019
On the season, Evans now has 59 receptions, 1,010 yards, and seven touchdowns. With those numbers, Evans is projected to finish the year with nearly 94 receptions, 1,590 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
That would give the Texas A&M product his sixth consecutive season of 1,000 receiving yards and at least 65 receptions. Whenever your name is mentioned in the same sentence as Moss, you know you are doing something right.
From 1998-2003, Moss averaged a jaw-dropping 88 receptions, 1,396 yards, and 13 touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings. The Hall-of-Fame wide receiver had another four 1,000-yard seasons in his career (three of them coming with the New England Patriots).
On the other hand, Evans has been one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL since 2014. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Evans is the perfect combination of physicality and speed at wide receiver.
Again, the Buccaneers have had an abysmal year in Bruce Arians’ first season. Nevertheless, the two wide receivers in Tampa Bay are thriving in the passing game.
As long as Evans can maintain his level of play in 2020, he could easily become the first receiver in NFL history to have seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career. When it’s all said and done, Evans could be making his own case for Canton.