Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans’ 2018 season will most likely set a franchise record for most yards in a single season. Despite the new mark in the team’s record book, it didn’t resonate around the league apparently.
Evans’ name was absent from the Pro Bowl rosters announced on Tuesday night despite being second in the league in receiving yards. Evans garnered his only Pro Bowl nomination in 2016, and actually has had better numbers this season.
Despite the snub, Evans wasn’t overly surprised.
“I kind of knew like Week 8,” Evans said. “Kind of mid way through the season, it’s hard to change that you got to do something spectacular to get in the conversation. All of the guys that made it are deserving. There were probably a couple of snubs out there.”
Despite being left out of the selections Evans was picked as a first alternate, and said that he wasn’t disappointed.
There’s been conversation of favoritism towards teams from larger markets. They tend to get more of the attention, which translates to the voting as well. T
Evans considered that thought process, but brushed off any notion that this played a big factor.
“If you look at the guys that made it, both of those guys teams are good, or they’re in a big market, Evans said. “That probably plays to some effect (on the voting), but not too much.”
The Bucs top receiver looked to be over it, but a teammate of his who did had a problem with Evans not being selected was Gerald McCoy.
“I was looking forward to seeing some of my teammates get in,” McCoy said. “I believe Mike, JPP, and Lavonte had a good shot. The lack of respect that five-four gets is unreal, Mike is second in the league in receiving yards, JPP is right up there with the best of them to get to the quarterback. So they vote how they vote and they went how they went. Can’t do nothing about it.”