Most NFL players have been asked before who they’re favorite player was growing up. For Bucs receiver Mike Evans it was Peyton Manning, but Randy Moss was his favorite wide receiver, and they also share the record books together as the only two receivers to eclipse 1,000 yards in the first six years of their career.

“He was definitely my favorite receiver growing up,” Evans said after he went over 1,000 yards for a sixth straight season in a road win at Atlanta. “As far as receivers came, he was a freak of nature, he was so exciting to watch. To be in the same sentence as him is amazing.”

But the tables have turned a little now for Evans as he has become the receiver that high school and college players have looked up to and tried to mold their game after. At age 26, Evans is still young, but he’s not the newest guy in the league.

Bucs WR Mike Evans
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

PewterReport.com covered the Senior Bowl last week and spoke with some prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft. The general consensus from wide receivers at this year’s Senior Bowl has been that Evans is one of the top players that they look up to.

“Mike Evans is somebody that I like to model my game after,” said Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson. “He’s a big big guy, athletic, and physical. I respect his game a lot.”

With Breshad Perriman’s strong finish to the end of the season, there could be a chance that he becomes too expensive for the Bucs in free agency. Unless they are confident enough that Scotty Miller can step up, the Bucs may look for a receiver to become the number three guy in the draft. So the players that have been watching Evans on their televisions for years would all of a sudden become teammates.

Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings is a receiver that is similar to Evans due to his big size and deceptive down field speed. And he would welcome the chance to learn from Evans.

“It’d be cool,” Jennings said. “Growing up you watched him play and you’ve seen him catch those high point balls, one-hand, two hands, so you’ve seen what he’s done in his college career and his NFL career. So to go there and be able to be behind a receiver who could show me the ropes, it would be very cool and I’d soak that in right away.”

Another player in Quartney Davis has a special connection to Evans. Davis played his college football at Evans’ alma mater Texas A&M and has been watching the Bucs’ star receiver for years. When asked about Evans, Davis couldn’t help but have a big smile as he talked about him.

“That’s my guy,” Davis said. “He’s fearless, aggressive, catch the ball, make plays, hard to tackle. In my opinion, a top five receiver in this league. Mike Evans is a great guy, I know he’d be a great teammate, he’d be able to help me succeed in the NFL, learn things that I need to know. When it comes to receiver, helping me to find keys to beat the defender, so it would be awesome playing with Mike.”

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BigSombrero

Mike Evans is a beast! I watched a debate on NFLN or ESPN recently and one of the guys said he was the 3rd best WR – IN THE DIVISION. That’s crazy! No disrespect to Michael Thomas and Julio Jones.

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BucRy

It’s really hard to argue who is the best regarding those 3. What Michael Thomas did this year was insane and Julio has been doing it for a long time and will be a hall of Famer most likely. Mike Evans does still have the upside of being fairly young compared to Julio though. Either way, I wouldn’t trade Evans even if I could have Thomas or Jones instead.

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awwdembucs

Evans is a clutch receiver . No disrespect to the other 2. Evans is number 1 IMO.
Of course I’m biased. Go Bucs

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Spitfire

Evans is as solid as they come. I really hope we can get into a run here soon and take advantage of having Evans and Godwin. We can go really far with those two and I’d hate to see too many more season with them come and go without any kind of success. Next year could be the beginning of something great. I’m hopeful this offseason is gonna be solid.

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matador

You hit the nail on the head. The meter is always running in the NFL that’s why Bust Licht’s repetitive failures kill our chances of being a credible winner. We’ve had to re-draft SO MANY of his position picks – – TE x 2 – RB x 2 or even 3 if Big Ass Sombrero is right about spending another top 3 pick on RB (after worthless Sims and over-drafted RJ) are correct – OT after reaching for Smith at LT has been proven a mistake – And, well the entire defensive backfield had to be redrafted once BA arrived… Read more »

Sactobuc

His best mentoring attribute is how to stay active in the community and out of the media’s negative limelight… Solid person that I’ve seen mature on the field too.

Glad he’s a Buc.

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Crazyhorse54

Any update on Evans and Godwin and their injuries?

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Pete

Could you imagine Tom Brady throwing to mike? Even if it was only 1 or 2 years. All 65000 seats full, mike scoring touchdowns, Brady passing Breez records lol.

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Buc76

The catch Mike Evans made in that night game against Atlanta I think it was a color rush game here in Tampa on the sideline where he took that hit, went out of bounds in the air but held the ball is as good as any catch ever made in the NFL.

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