Mike Evans sets new Bucs receiving yards record

Mike Evans' first catch Sunday passed Mark Carrier's 29-year-old Bucs mark.
Mike Evans is feeling the reason for the season, gifting his teammates with Bird scooters for the holiday. (Times file)
Mike Evans is feeling the reason for the season, gifting his teammates with Bird scooters for the holiday. (Times file)
Published December 30 2018
Updated December 30 2018

TAMPA — With his first catch Sunday, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans became the franchise's new record holder for most receiving yards in a single season.

On the Bucs' second drive of the game, Evans caught a 19-yard pass over the middle from Jameis Winston, giving him 1,437 receiving yards this season, passing Mark Carrier's 29-year record of 1,418 set in 1989.

Evans ended the drive with a 19-yard touchdown reception, keeping his toes in bounds along the end zone's far sideline, to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead with 3:48 left in the first half. It ended a 93-yard scoring drive, which was the Bucs' longest of the season.

Evans also became just the sixth receiver in NFL history to compile 6,000 receiving yards over his first five seasons. He entered the day with 5,997 yards.

He joins a club that includes Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Julio Jones and A.J. Green.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina att eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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