Getting Mike Evans to 1,000 yards is “important” to the Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers have three clear goals for Week 17. First, get to 11-5. Second, nail down the No. 5 seed in the NFC. Third, get receiver Mike Evans to 1,000 receiving yards.

Evans currently has 960 receiving yards in 2020, his seventh NFL season. If it happens, Evans will become the first player in NFL history to generate 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons.

“I think it’s important for him and us,” offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich told reporters on Thursday. “I think it’s important, really, for this organization to have that. That’s a unique thing. Any time that you can be one of one [in] anything, [with] all the special players, all the great players that have came through this league that have done the things [and] played that position. He has the opportunity to be one of one. That’s a unique thing and that just shows how good of a football player he is. That’s special to be one of one of something like that. That’s unique, so obviously you want him to be able to get it. We’re not going to try to force it, but we’re just going to have him play, let Mike be Mike and we’ll see.”

With only 40 yards needed, it shouldn’t be hard to get Evans to 1,000 yards. He’s currently tied with Randy Moss, who had six 1,000-yard seasons in a row to start his Hall of Fame career. Evans quietly is putting together a Hall of Fame career of his own.

For his career, Evans has 529 catches and 8,220 yards. He barely kept the current streak alive in 2017, with 1,001 yards. But live it does, and with 40 yards on Sunday against the Falcons he sets the record.

8 responses to “Getting Mike Evans to 1,000 yards is “important” to the Buccaneers

  1. An arbitrary record that will get matched and broken by lesser players soon after the league adds a 17th game. Yeah, that’s important

  2. Over 16 games it is 62.5 yards/game. For 17 games it dips to 58.82.

    Regardless, for a WR1 getting to only 1000 yards for a season should be considered disappointment. To do it for X amount of years is a row is more a testament to his fortune to avoid significant injury and have a semi-competent QB.

  3. its only 40 yards.. unless he gets covid and cant play, he should get that in the 1st quarter!

  4. No one cares. 1000 yards shouldn’t even be a milestone for receiving anymore.

  5. “To do it for X amount of years is a row is more a testament to his fortune to avoid significant injury and have a semi-competent QB.”

    That’s hilarious cause he usually had the yards by now but Brady spreads the ball around. In case you forgot his previous Qbs. Mike Glennon,Josh Mccown, Jameis Winston. And he has played half the season hurt while Mr Slant is already out the running for the record. Him and Moss are literally the only ones there and you can’t just say the record will be easily broken when he can continue to add to it as the streak continues

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