TAMPA BAY – Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is the only receiver in NFL history to record 1,000+ receiving yards over the first eight seasons of his career.
That’s right. Evans is the only receiver to have accomplished the feat. Jerry Rice never did it. Randy Moss couldn’t do it. Neither could Michael Irvin, Larry Fitzgerald, Tim Brown, Calvin Johnson, Terrell Owens, Steve Largent, or any other top-tier receiver that you can think of.
The 1,000-yard streak isn’t Evans’ only claim to fame, however. His 75 receiving touchdowns lead the NFL since he was drafted in 2014. Evans also has the third-most receiving yards (9,301), and the seventh-most receptions (606) and his 75.2 receiving yards per game are the seventh-most among receivers with at least 367 receptions over that span.
If all of that wasn’t enough, Tom Brady even referred to Evans as “one of the all-time NFL greats”.
Yet, many leave Evans out of the conversation when it comes to the best receivers in the game.
Fortunately, there are people out there who recognize Evans’ talents and his overall body of work. And they’re not just Buccaneers fans – they’re big-time media-types who have a large platform.
Such is the case with Good Morning Football‘s Peter Schrager, who named Evans the most underrated receiver in the NFL Thursday morning. Schrager and former NFL receiver Torrey Smith participated in a segment called “3-on-3”, which was centered around who they thought were the three most underrated wideouts in the league.
And sure enough, Evans was No. 1 on Schrager’s list.
Schrager centered his point around Evans’ record and how he is now not one, but two seasons ahead of second-place Randy Moss, who started his career with six-straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He also discussed the former Aggies’ tremendous skill set, his toughness, and how he is the ultimate leader and teammate.
Hopefully others will start to notice Evans more in the coming months. But even if they don’t, you can bet he’s still going to keep doing his thing.
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