Mike Evans' sophomore slump was tough to take, but signs of a potential successful third season keep him relevant in Fantasy. Growing pains with a rookie passer and a litany of injuries limited Evans, but he still found a way to notch seven games with 10-plus Fantasy points (one fewer from 2014). But only two of those seven were for 13 points or more. In fact, he's exceeded that number just six times in two seasons. We've seen receivers do well as rookies, regress in the second season and then post some incredible third-year statistics. Evans is a candidate for that, particularly with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston expected to erase his first-year mistakes and the Bucs offense to remain consistent with Dirk Koetter at the helm. Evans is worth taking the plunge on as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver worth a pick in late Round 3 in standard and PPR formats.
Evans was a frequent target of quarterback Jameis Winston in Friday's training camp practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. The third-year receiver and Winston have been hard at work throughout the offseason with the goal of building chemistry the likes of what was seen on the practice field Friday. Kania reports that Evans hauled in "what seemed like 75 percent" of Winston's passes on the day, including a couple of deep balls. After an NFL-leading 12 drops in 2015, the Texas A & M product has vowed to significantly improve in that area in the coming season, and is off to a strong start towards the goal over the pair of training camp practices.
Evans, who is trying to come back from what he describes as a "down year" in 2015, engaged in specific training this offseason to help reduce the chances of soft tissue injuries, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The third-year wideout led the NFL in drops in 2015, and comes in to the new season determined to be much more consistent in his role as the Bucs' clear-cut No. 1 wideout. In his opening training camp press conference, Evans also emphasized that part of his training regimen this offseason included early morning hamstring workouts designed to prevent the soft-tissue injuries that so often plague receivers. The Texas A & M product knows the feeling first-hand, suffering a hamstring pull against the Bengals in Tampa's second preseason game last year that kept him out of action until Week 2 of the regular season.
Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.
Evans had a beauty of a toe-tapping touchdown catch during Tuesday's opening OTA session, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The third-year receiver was back at full participation to start OTAs, after his voluntary mini-camp participation last month was cut short due to an undisclosed injury. Evans hauled in a short touchdown throw on the right edge of the end zone off a Mike Glennon rollout, tapping his toes on the green before heading out of bounds. The 22-year-old will try to rebound from a 2015 campaign that saw him lead the NFL in drops, despite the fact that he also totaled 1,206 yards on 74 catches.
The Buccaneers relayed that Evans (undisclosed) was held out of drills Thursday. However, according to Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida, the wide receiver fit in some drills. After an abbreviated showing in the opening session of the offseason program Tuesday, Evans was yanked from action, with the Bucs stating that he "tweaked something." Expect the training staff to employ a prudent approach with the soon-to-be third-year pro, as he seeks to brush off a drop-laden season. Still, he racked up 74 catches (on 148 targets) for 1,206 yards and three touchdowns, so an improved rapport with Jameis Winston should yield the desired bounce-back effort.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|11||11/20||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|13||12/04||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|14||12/11||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|3 Year Avg||136||71||1128||8||54||15.89||160|