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Mike Evans and heralded WR class face sophomore slump

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) misses catching the ball for a touchdown in the end zone in the third quarter of the game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, September 27, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) misses catching the ball for a touchdown in the end zone in the third quarter of the game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, September 27, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT I Times

Sophomore jinx

Seven NFL rookie receivers caught at least six touchdown passes last season, combining for 61 scores. With injuries contributing, those same seven players have just 19 approaching the midway point of the 2015 season. Mike Evans, who was limited early by a hamstring injury, is among the biggest dropoffs in scoring, going from 12 touchdown catches as a rookie to one this season.

Name, team 2014 (yards, TDs) 2015 (yards, TD)

Sammy Watkins, Bills 982, 6 147, 2

Mike Evans, Bucs 1,051, 12 386, 1

Odell Beckham, Giants 1,305, 12 654, 7

Kelvin Benjamn, Panthers 1,008, 9 0,0*

Martavis Bryant, Steelers 549, 8 231, 3

Jordan Matthews, Eagles 827, 8 398, 1

Allen Hurns, Jaguars 677, 6 513, 5

* on injured reserve

Mike Evans and heralded WR class face sophomore slump 11/06/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2015 6:08pm]
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