Mike Evans, the Bucs’ 2014 first-round draft pick, has been granted a five-year, $82.5 million contract last offseason.
Evans has been one of the primary glimmers of hope in an otherwise bleak 2018 year old.
One mark that remains is that the Bucs’ single-season listing of 1,422 yards, set by Mark Carrier 2-9 years ago. Evans, who has 1,418 yards, is 5 yards shy of breaking up that record and will more than likely accomplish that in Sunday’s season finale against Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox).
“I’m more angry about the loss, of course,” Evans said after the Bucs’ 27-20 defeat to the Cowboys.
Evans, 25, has recently snagged the franchise recordings at receiving yards, receiving touchdowns (38) and the many 100-yard matches in Bucs history (20). His 5,997 receiving yards are currently sixth-most with an NFL player during his first five seasons since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.
He’s the 3rd player in league history to record 1000 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, joining Randy Moss (1998-02) along with A.J. Green (2011 15 ).
“That is Mike, man. He is one of the best players to play the game,” quarterback Jameis Winston said. “He is definitely going to keep improving. I’m just happy I get to throw that guy the chunk “
The Bucs are 510, indicating the fourth period in Evans’ five seasons which the team has suffered double scale losses. In fact, Tampa Bay has already established doubledigit losing seasons seven out of the past 10.
If the franchise do not turn things around, Evans’ efforts will have been a waste beyond personal measures. His capacity to function as”Mr. Dependable” for all from Winston to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown along with Mike Glennon is likely to be immediately forgotten without more to show for it.
Consider Gerald McCoy, the 2010 No. 3 draft pick that made it to six consecutive Pro Bowls and continues to be considered one of the NFL’s greatest defensive tackles. He has played under four head coaches, had two winning seasons and never gone to the match.
Neither has weakside linebacker Lavonte David, who’s easily one of the better 43 linebackers in the group, even if he gets grossly overlooked in Pro Bowl balloting every year. He has been part of a winning season in Tampa.
David is likely to be 29 next month and McCoy 31 in two months; there is plenty of gift no body ever got to see on a national point as the Bucs have been in such disarray. It isn’t for lack of caring. An individual might assert that the Glazer family, which possesses the Bucs, has expected a lot of and shown not enough patience .
The household includes the right to be impatient when it comes to young stars like Evans, a 2014 first-round draft choice who was granted a five-year, $82.5 million contract last offseason. He has lived up to expectations, but not only on the area, but from it from the area.
However, Evans will not be able to outrun defensive backs forever, along with his body will not have the ability to withstand those penalizing strikes, possibly if he has missed three games in his profession.
Will he find yourself like Carrier, that never reached the playoffs with all the Buccaneers? All half of Carrier’s seasons with Tampa Bay were filled with double-digit losses.
Evans will tell you he’d rather win matches than break records. It’s exactly the same for McCoy and David, two version players whom the team strove to create up up until this time, has neglected.
The Buccaneers need to think about all these players since they contemplate personnel moves during the upcoming few days. Whose playcalling will enable the Bucs to keep to maximize Evans’ talents? Could the Bucs benefit out of the fifth year at coach Dirk Koetter’s crime, or have they gone as far as they are able to with it?
Evans’ prime years are now.