When the Buccaneers chose Mike Evans with their first-round pick in this year’s draft, the idea was to create a powerful tandem with fellow wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
So far, Evans has done a lot more than that. He is now the No. 1 receiver on this football team. There’s no question about that.
Through ten games, Evans has 794 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, five of them coming in the last three games. He’s broken the 100-yard plateau three games in a row, and on Sunday against Washington he went for 209 yards and two long TD catches. Evans became the first rookie receiver in eleven years to have at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game. The last time it was happened, it was done by some guy named Anquan Boldin.
He turned out to be pretty good.
I know Evans is only a rookie. And the Bucs have had their share of rookies who’ve had big first seasons, only to be forgotten about shortly thereafter. Remember Michael Clayton? And more recently, anyone heard from Doug Martin lately? So we can only hope that No. 13 doesn’t follow in their footsteps. Imagine if Evans had a quality quarterback who could get him the ball more often.
Evans would be a candidate for Rookie of the Year if he didn’t play on a 2-8 team. Think about that.
One more thought about the Bucs: I find it laughable that everyone’s saying they’re only two games out of first place in the awful NFC South. Yes, that is true. But this is not a quality football team. You’re playing for pride, and the future, at this point. The only way they would even have the slightest chance is to win out and finish 8-8. If that miracle were to happen, they would be a home underdog in the playoffs. It’s nice to dream, though.
Next weekend, the Bucs travel to Chicago to play the Bears, the team Lovie Smith took to the Super Bowl a few years’ back.
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