The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had many great players in franchise history, but wide receiver Mike Evans might be the best of all time. Evans has had a terrific start to the 2022 season and has been rewriting the record books with the Bucs.
If you are looking ahead to NFL Week 9 odds for the Buccaneers, then you will want to keep the play of Evans in the back of your mind. The Buccaneers are once again one of the best offenses in the league in 2022, and the play of Evans has helped make that the case.
Perhaps the essential record for Evans has been achieved during a Week Four loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. With his first game reception, Evans became the Buccaneer’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage.
Running back James Wilder previously held the record, and Warrick Dunn is now in third place on the list. Wilder and Dunn are running backs, making it more impressive that Evans was able to accomplish this as a wide receiver.
By the time Evans is ready to retire from the NFL, there aren’t going to be many records that Evans doesn’t have. He is currently the all-time leader in the following categories:
- Touchdown receptions
- Total touchdowns
- Receiving Yards
The following massive honor for Evans would be becoming the all-time leading scorer in Buccaneers history, but he is still trailing by over 100 points. Martin Gramatica is the current leader with 592 points scored, but Evans could pass him up before he hangs up his cleats.
Evans Backs Up Brady
The relationship between Brady and Evans clicked right from the first snap, and the wide receiver will do whatever it takes to back up his quarterback. That got Evans into a bit of trouble earlier this year in a game against the New Orleans Saints.
Brady and Leonard Fournette got into a scrum with Marshawn Lattimore and Marcus Maye after a big stop from New Orleans. Brady was exchanging words with Lattimore before the cornerback shoved Fournette.
Evans was leaving the field during the scrum but quickly turned around and went after Lattimore because he believed he was going after Brady. While this incident was not the best for either team it did show the chemistry and care both Brady and Evans have for each other. The NFL immediately handed out a one-game suspension to Evans, and he served that in a game against the Green Bay Packers.
This was not the first time the league suspended Evans, and he appealed the ruling in hopes of getting it overturned. Evans came into the league with some attitude issues, but there haven’t been any real problems since Brady has been his quarterback.
Is This it For Brady?
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were upset by the Los Angeles Rams last season, everyone wondered if quarterback Tom Brady would retire. It wasn’t long before Brady announced that he was indeed stepping away from the sport.
There were plenty of rumors swirling at that time about Brady and that he was trying to get his way to Miami at some point. Fans of the Buccaneers got an even better shock when Brady announced that he would return to the team.
The return of Brady immediately put the Buccaneers as one of the top picks to win the Super Bowl again, but things haven’t always been smooth. Brady was forced to step away from the team in the preseason to deal with some family issues, and it sounds like his relationship with Giselle is also falling apart.
It now seems pretty clear that Brady will be retiring at the end of this season, which puts even more pressure on the Bucs to deliver a title this season. If Tampa Bay wins the title, then it will take some more great play from Brady and Evans.