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.
The Bucs' No. 1 receiver came to play in the season-opening upset, displaying 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 in Week 2.
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.
Evans hauled in a long scoring pass down the left sideline during Thursday's "mock game" and also made a picturesque grab during a two-minute drill, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The Bucs' top receiver has been displaying impressive rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Thursday serving as the latest example. His touchdown catch came at the stage of the simulated game when the first-team offense faced off with the second-team defense, but it was nevertheless impressive to see Evans get a step down the sideline and haul in the perfectly thrown ball. His catch during the two-minute drill was less spectacular, but notable nonetheless, as Evans made a spinning grab on the sideline after running a deep out. The fifth-year pro is looking to rebound from what was a down year by his standards in 2017, one in which he just cleared the 1,000-yard mark (1,001) and posted a mediocre 52.2 percent catch rate.
Evans made an impressive catch down the middle on a play-action throw from Jameis Winston in Sunday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The Pro Bowler would have had a sure touchdown had it been a game situation, as the defense bit hard on Winston's fake handoff to second-round pick Ronald Jones II, which left Evans wide open in the post. The towering target has also looked good while snagging throws from Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reporting that he made a particularly nice grab during Saturday's session against cornerback Ryan Smith, and Scott Smith of the team's official site noting that the two also victimized Smith in Friday's practice with a perfectly placed ball down the sideline to Evans' outside shoulder. The chemistry between Fitzpatrick and Evans is certainly encouraging, given the former's starting role for at least the first three games of the season in the wake of Winston's suspension.
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||14||74||1206||16.3||68||3||21||2||63|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||96||1321||13.8||45||12||15||1||81|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||15||71||1001||14.1||42||5||9||2||55|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||5||33||484||14.7||51||3||6||2||24|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||2||1||0||1||0||-3||1||0|