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Bucs' Mike Evans aims to join elite company

Bucs Mike Evans (13) is about to catch the game winning TD during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon 12/6/2015 in Tampa. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times 


Bucs Mike Evans (13) is about to catch the game winning TD during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon 12/6/2015 in Tampa. JIM DAMASKE | Times

An up-and-down sophomore season has Bucs WR Mike Evans in elite company with 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but he could be in a more exclusive group if he can't find the end zone in the final two games.

Evans is just the eighth player in NFL history to top 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, joining three current players in the Bengals' A.J. Green, the Saints' Marques Colston and the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. If he can do it again next year, he'll be just the fourth to open his career with three straight, joining San Diego's John Jefferson (three, 1978-80), Green (five and counting) and Minnesota's Randy Moss, who did so in his first six NFL seasons from 1998-2003.

Evans' scoring production has dropped off considerably after getting 12 touchdowns as a rookie. He has only three scoring grabs this season — he's on pace for 1,195 yards, and if he gets to 1,200 with only three scores, he'll be just the third player in NFL history to do so — the Bucs' Keyshawn Johnson had 1,266 yards against only one touchdown in 2001, and Redskins star Art Monk had 1,226 with only two touchdowns in 1985.

Bucs' Mike Evans aims to join elite company 12/26/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 24, 2015 10:36am]
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