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

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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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Buc-in-Philly Fan
Buc-in-Philly Fan(@tazliver)
2 months ago

And this is all happening with a QB that will not throw him the damn ball! I am so disappointed with the lack of looks Evans is getting from Brady.

I know the defense double teams Evans and did on Sunday but I would love to see some 50/50 balls thrown his way and allow his frame and size to show up

FilmBuc
FilmBuc(@filmbuc)
Reply to  Buc-in-Philly Fan
2 months ago

Agree – I totally respect Brady and how he protects the ball but I do feel like Evans isn’t getting the amount of opportunities he deserves

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  FilmBuc
2 months ago

Agreed. We should go back to Winston. He threw plenty of 50/50 balls up in the air and only ended up with 30 INT’s his last season. Do they let you two wander around in public without a responsible adult to accompany you.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Well you definitely aren’t one for sure! Did you escape from your crib again?

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Buc-in-Philly Fan
2 months ago

What games have you been watching? There are plenty of “50-50” balls thrown Mike’s way, albeit not so much this past contest. You might want to “check the sheet” or perhaps read the article that notes his 2021 statistics. It appears that even with a plethora of other options, #13 is getting a lot of targets. He also gets a lot of defensive attention, making throws to him a bit more challenging.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
2 months ago

That’s great for him, but I only care about winning a super bowl really. Lol.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
2 months ago

Mike Evans has had a brilliant Buccaneer career! One of the greatest Bucs of all time. It’s been a pleasure as a long time Buc fan to watch him play. Enjoy him Buc fans, and don’t take him for granted. When he retires he will be missed. As steady and consistent as a WR can be! Great job Mike!

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
2 months ago

Wouldn’t that be Licht’s 1st pick ever with the Bucs? I know the reporting structure had Lovie Smith with final say but Licht is still here thriving so I guess he gets the credit.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
2 months ago

The man is criminally underrated around the NFL. Battling injuries and still producing at a high level . I never hear him mentioned in the top 5 wr as far as the nfl pundits go, but us bucs fans know his real value on AND off the field. My two bucs jerseys are big 99 and 13. (my favorite number) Get it big guy!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

Those jersey numbers r two of the best Buccaneers ever!