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Bucs' Mike Evans eager for Broncos' physical corners

Mike Evans ranks among the NFL's top five in yards (301), receptions (21) and touchdown catches (3).

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Mike Evans ranks among the NFL's top five in yards (301), receptions (21) and touchdown catches (3).

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Bucs WR Mike Evans is off to a strong start, ranking among the NFL's top five in yards (301), receptions (21) and touchdown catches (3), but he'll have a real challenge this week as Denver comes to Tampa with two Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.

Evans has already matched his touchdown total for all of 2015 in the first three games this season, but he'll need a strong game to extend his streak to four straight games getting into the end zone.

"They're both really physical at the line of scrimmage, so I've got to be as physical as those guys," Evans said Wednesday after watching footage of the Broncos. "They're two Pro Bowl guys, so I like the challenge."

Evans could line up against Talib in the former first-rounder's return to Tampa after being traded away during the 2012 season. Talib is dangerous not only to intercept passes, but take them for touchdowns -- he has five pick-sixes in 33 games with Denver, and nine for his career.

"He's a lot like (Arizona's) Patrick Peterson at the line, both really physical," Evans said. "I don't think he runs as good as Pat P. but he's just as physical at the ine of scrimmage. No matter what, I'm going to try to be the most physical receiver in  the league, and I've got to prove it by going out and dominating physical cornerbacks."

Talib has a healthy respect for Evans as well, praising him during a conference call with Tampa media on Wednesday.

"He's a talented guy," Talib said. "Big, fast. He goes in that Calvin Johnson category, that Julio Jones category. The big, fast guys (with) the big catch radius. His quarterback definitely trusts him. His quarterback gives him opportunities to make plays."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:05am]

    

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