Not only is Mike Evans the best wide receiver in Bucs history, he’s also the franchise’s most accomplished weapon. With his 40-yard touchdown catch at Washington in Sunday’s 29-19 loss, he tied legendary fullback Mike Alstott (1996-2006) for the most total TDs in team history with 71. With his next score Evans will be in sole possession of Tampa Bay’s regular season touchdown record.
Evans’ 70 receiving touchdowns are the most by any receiver in franchise history by a long shot, too. And those 70 receiving scores are the most in the NFL by any receiver since he joined the league in 2014.
Most Receiving TDs In The NFL Since 2014
1. WR Mike Evans – 70
2. WR Antonio Brown – 68
3. WR Davante Adams – 65
4. WR DeAndre Hopkins – 65
5t. WR Tyreek Hill – 53
5t. TE Travis Kelce – 53
Evans is second on the Bucs with 41 catches for 606 yards (14.8 avg.), but leads the team with nine touchdowns. He’s on pace to catch 77 passes for 1,144 yards in 2021.
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: USA Today
And Evans, who has a franchise-record 573 career catches, isn’t done re-writing the Bucs’ history books.
Not only is he on his way to breaking his own NFL record as the only player with eight straight 1,000-yards to start his career, Evans is also on pace to haul in 17 TD catches this season. That would break his own single-season franchise record of 13, which he set last year. In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver broke his own record of 12 TD receptions, which he set as a rookie in 2014 and tied in 2016.
Evans is currently second in the league with nine TD catches, which is one behind Rams receiver Cooper Kupp’s 10 TDs. The Bucs’ future Hall of Fame receiver would be tied for the sixth-most touchdown catches in a single season in NFL history if he hits 17, which is an average of one score per game.
Most Single-Season TD Catches In NFL History
1. Patriots WR Randy Moss – 23 – 2007
2. 49ers WR Jerry Rice – 22 – 1987
3t. Packers WR Davante Adams – 18 – 2020
3t. Packers WR Sterling Sharpe – 18 – 1994
3t. Dolphins WR Mark Clayton – 18 – 1984
6t. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowksi – 17 – 2011
6t. Vikings WR Randy Moss – 17 – 2003
6t. Vikings WR Cris Carter – 17 – 1995
6t. Bengals WR Carl Pickens – 17 – 1995
6t. 49ers WR Jerry Rice – 17 – 1989
6t. Rams WR Elroy Hirsch – 17 – 1951
6t. Packers WR Don Hutson – 17 – 1942
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