Let’s hope Mike improves in this area. Second worst YAC in the NFL with 1.62 yards, only old man Jason Witten was worse. Cmon Mike! You’re a talented WR but stop looking for a place to fall after the catch.
Evans has never relied on YAC or been a receiver throughout his brief career to be a run after catch type of receiver. He’s typically been in the bottom 3rd of the league among receivers in YAC, since entering the NFL. And over the past two seasons has gotten worse.
Percentage of YAC based on overall receiving yards for Evans.
His four year average: 15.5%
Looking at 2017 for receivers who amassed a least 500 receiving yards. On average 21.6% of their receiving yards were considered YAC.
There are more than one reason why this seems to be the case.
Part is play call/route tree he runs
Part is the defense that normally has him doubled giving him very small windows, causing him to get hit quickly upon catching
Part I think is mental for him and playing defensively out there, to me it seems he’s consciously giving up on plays and going out of bounds or falling to the ground to prevent injury and taking hits
I love Mike Evans but his YAC has always been a problem with me. Its not the play calling or the routes that hes running. He just goes to the ground. Like a lot. If hes trying to break a tackle and fight for extra yards, then gets brought to the ground, im totally fine with that cuz thats what they are supposed to do. He doesnt even try to break tackles! C’mon mikey your 6’5 230 lbs! throw a stiff arm or run through someone! catch and run bro not catch and fall!
I’m oK with him not running after the catch, most of his routes are in the middle of the field first down with a safety going downhill on him. If he’s able to play all 16 games I’m OK with that. He does a lot of intermediate routes
So many excuses! I’m sure we all watch the games. Evans is a strong man, yet he avoids contact. He DOES fall to the ground rather than even attempting to run far too often. Ball placement and play calling are issues at times, but to be 2nd worst in the NFL is pathetic. And he doesn’t even need to be great at it, but he needs to get better. He’s a very highly paid and very good possession receiver.
I think the hamstring issues the first couple years have made Evans think twice before he really tries to accelerate or go to that extra gear. As productive as Evans has been, and as dominant has he can be in situations where everyone knows the ball is going his way, I really don’t have an issue with the lack of YAC. I doubt he is all of a sudden going to become Brandon Marshall from 8 years ago, but all it takes is a couple plays to really bring those YAC numbers. Anyone remember a slow Vincent Jackson getting 90 yards of YAC on one play against the Saints (and getting tackled at the goal line and us losing by 3)?