Question for the folks who have been watching Mike Evans a long time. How often do you see Mike make the tough/highlight-reel catch compared to other elite receivers? Watching Evans last year and this year, I see him making the routine to slightly difficult catches but never the really tough ones when sometimes it seems like he gives up on the play. I may just be seeing things and have not watched Evans long enough to see his elite level. Inquiring mind wants to know.
If he averages 885 yards a year until he is 35 he would be Top 15 all-time in yardage combined with his 1,000 yard record. 25ish more TDs in his career to be Top 15 all-time in recieving TDs. He will be an interesting hall of fame case to follow.
I am not questioning whether Evans is a very good receiver or not, I think he is. I just want to ask if he makes the high. degree of difficulty catches like I see other elite receivers make. I have only started watching Evans in the last two years and I just don’t see that part of his game.
He used to make a bit more of those catches when Jameis was relying on him every other throw. You’d see a deep sideline catch in traffic once a week. It’s how he got the cult following. You’re just seeing him get less targets with a more accurate QB. The drop off in % of targets makes passing on Donald for him that much harder to accept as time goes on though. It was a debate back in the day. He’s obviously the best WR in franchise history.
He is still one of the TRUE old school outside #1’s who a guy like Lawrence could desperately use right now. If Evans was getting D. Adams type targets he’d be 90-1400 easily.
He’s kind of like the Jason Whitten of WR to me. Makes pretty much zero big/amazing/memorable plays but is just quietly consistent year after year. I’ll say this about Evans: he wouldn’t be very good if he wasn’t 6’5”
So Evans has played 7 years with 8,266 yards and 61 touchdowns for an average of 1,181 yards and 9 TDs per year
If he averages that through the age of 35, which is this year plus 7 more years, he would end up with 17,700 yards and 131 touchdowns which would put him 2nd all time behind Jerry Rice and 4th all time in TDs behind Rice, Moss, and Owens
again, he would need to stay healthy but i def think he’s on pace for hall of fame
I think he is a hall of famer. He has made some monster catches over the years, don’t listen to that jive. I recall him getting crushed more than once one the sideline, while holding on to the ball. He would get up in obvious pain, look to be done. But he would come back and play well. He is a monster.
I expect him to get a lot of production Sunday. I think he is tired of almost being a deployed decoy, and Brady will accommodate him. Evans got fairly emotional Sunday, I know it was because of a penalty call on Gronk, but I think he is chomping at the bit to get his.
Hopefully Brady is prepared (can’t say that with Arians, he doesn’t come across as a schemer at all), to deal with the defense Bill B is about to trot out there. They will be amped up and ready to make plays, they WILL be prepared for Brady.
Fingers crossed Brady gets protection. This may become a shootout. Jones may have a big game against the Bucs. First it was Danny Dimes Jones. Hopefully it won’t be Mac Attack Jones.
To the OP, this is a great question that I have asked myself so many times.
And while Evans has made some crazy catches over the years, he doesn’t do it consistently like other elite receivers.
He has good but not great hands and while he uses his body well, he struggles with physical defenders. (Lattimore for example). He almost comes down with so many but just can’t corral them.
Godwin’s ability to make crazy catches only more skews the narrative that Evans just makes the easy catches. Godwin has always made circus catches since he was a rookie. His adjustment to the ball and glue like hands before the injury were insane. It was like Godwin was the perfect WR for Winston, who routinely missed on ball placement and threw behind receivers. (Check out the Winston CG12 highlights)
How many diving sprawling catches has CG made? Millions… It almost looks like Evans doesn’t try as hard as Godwin, but really he just doesn’t have the same body control. Evans does well at catching balls low or sliding catches, another product of bad ball placement by Winston.
If Evans stays healthy he will be a first ballot HOF. Brady and the Super Bowl have done a lot to put more eyes on Evans.
Evans has deceptive speed, if he and any quarterback can ever get on the same page, he will lead the league in 40+ yard touchdowns.
For some reason Brady can hit Miller within half an inch but still can’t figure out the rhythm with Evans on deep balls