Evans brought in 10 of 12 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 27-21 win over the Eagles on Sunday. He also lost a fumble. Evans' reception total was a team-high figure, as were his 12 targets. The towering target's one blemish was a lost fumble, but he's otherwise gotten his season off to an impressive start. Through two games, Evans has brought in 17 of 19 targets for 230 yards and a pair of scores, with his 89.5 percent catch rate thus far especially encouraging after the 25-year-old's issues with catch efficiency last season.
Evans brought in all seven of his targets for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints on Sunday. The Bucs' No. 1 receiver came to play in the season-opening upset, displaying an outstanding rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick while accomplishing what has often been a rare feat for him -- posting a 100.0 percent catch rate on the afternoon. Evans even showed the ability to consistently gain separation after often struggling to do so last season, especially on a 50-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter that gave the Buccaneers a 41-24 lead at the time. The performance was befitting of Evans' potential upside, although the fact it came with Fitzpatrick under center was relatively unexpected. Evans will look to put together a successful encore against the Eagles' tough secondary Week 2.
Evans (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports. Evans sat out Sunday's session after absorbing a blow to the back in Friday's exhibition game against the Lions, but that was evidently a minor issue and the wideout will now continue his preparations for the Bucs' regular-season opener.
Evans (undisclosed) was an observer at Sunday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports. Auman notes that Evans took "a pretty good shot to the back" while making a play in Friday's preseason game against the Lions. That said, the star wideout's issue "doesn't appear to be anything significant," per Auman. The Buccaneers may simply be taking it easy with Evans, who presumably wouldn't play in Thursday's preseason finale even if he were 100 percent healthy.
Evans finished without a target on 16 snaps in Friday's preseason loss to the Lions. Evans was flagged for pass interference at the end of the first quarter on what would've been a 21-yard gain. It was a quiet night otherwise, leaving him with a preseason stat line of four catches for 75 yards on six targets in three games. Evans likely will be held out in the final week of the preseason to ensure he stays healthy for a Week 1 road game against a Saints team that held him to six catches for 68 yards (on 19 targets) in two matchups last year.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/18||@New York Giants||6||16.00|
|12||11/25||San Francisco 49ers||25||29.00|
|14||12/09||New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|3 Year Avg||152||80||1176||7||66||14.70||161|