Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans has been turning heads locally with his impressive first season in the NFL, and now he is getting well-deserved national attention.
The National Football League announced on Wednesday that Evans was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 11. He is the first wide receiver to win the award in franchise history.
Evans had a record-setting day on Sunday against the Redskins, catching seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He is the first rookie to record at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin (217 yards at Detroit, 9/7/03) and the youngest player in NFL history to record 200 receiving yards in a game. Evans also joins Antonio Bryant as the only players in franchise history to record at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in the same game.
Dating back to Week 9, Evans has tallied at least seven receptions, 100 receiving yards and one touchdown in each game, becoming the first rookie in NFL history to do so in three straight games. He is the first rookie since Randy Moss (1998) to register 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in three consecutive contests.
Over the last four weeks, Evans’ 536 receiving yards are the most in the NFL by 60 yards, while his five touchdown receptions are tied for second. He is averaging 21.4 yards per catch during that span.
Evans currently leads all rookies and is 10th in the NFL with 794 receiving yards on the season, while his seven touchdown receptions are tied for the 11th-most in the league. He is tied for the NFL lead with 12 receptions of 25+ yards.
Evans is Tampa Bay’s first NFC Player of the Week this season and the first Player of the Week winner since Lavonte David won NFC Defensive Player of the Week last season in Week 12. Evans is the first Buccaneers player to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Bobby Rainey won in Week 11 last year. He joins Doug Martin (Week 9, 2012) and Warrick Dunn (Week 2, 1997) as the only Buccaneers rookies in team history to win the award.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org