Mike Evan is now in the history books, but at what cost?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing hard on Sunday afternoon. No, they couldn’t win the NFC South. Apparently, it’s for the No. 5 seed and a date with the NFC East champion.
While it is largely a meaningless game against the Atlanta Falcons, it now proves quite serious for All-Pro receiver Mike Evans.
During the first quarter, Evans was targeted in the end zone with Tom Brady for what should have been a touchdown. However, one look at the way his knee buckles and it’s clear something may have gone terribly wrong.
Evans was be examined by Buccaneers’ medical staff members before being helped off the field.
With the 46 yards on the afternoon, Evans becomes the first wide receiver in NFL history to finish with 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons.
Can the Buccaneers survive without Mike Evans?
Evans’ big-bodied frame allows him to win multiple battles in man coverage. On pure strength, he’s one of a handful of receivers who will bury a defender into the ground. The former Aggie also is a premier route-runner on the edge and remains Brady’s go-to target.
Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown might need to step up for the postseason. As will Rob Gronkowski is Evans is looking at missing time. Despite having one of the more dangerous offensive rosters in the league, only Godwin and Evans have more than 550 receiving yards on the year.
What was supposed to be a great day for Bucs’ fans now has their season in jeopardy. Ultimately, Bruce Arians might regret letting any starter see the field Sunday afternoon.