Never mess with Mike Evans in the open field.
In Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown bullied his way into the end zone for a 16-yard score. A fellow SEC alum, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans, couldn’t let the second-year pro show him up.
On Monday against the Los Angeles Rams, Tom Brady connected with Evans inside the red zone. From there, the veteran pass-catcher showed why many consider him a top-five target by dragging several Rams defenders deep. Eventually, his brute strength outweighed Los Angeles’ secondary, bulldozing himself in for a nine-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 apiece.
Mike Evans’ hot start in the NFL
For those who aren’t counting, Evans is in an elite category when it comes to wide receivers. Since being drafted out of Texas A&M in 2014, he’s one of two receivers who have eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in a season six times to begin their NFL career.
Who’s the other you might ask? Hall-of-Fame superstar Randy Moss.
Evans with Brady has been a thriving connection for 2020. In nine games, the 27-year-old has 40 catches for 514 yards and eight touchdowns. In two drives Monday, Evans currently has two total catches for 13 yards.
It’s still too early, but a seventh 1,000-yard season could be Evans’ future for the start of a new decade.