As you may have heard, the last catch Mike Evans made in 2017 was a big one.
Evans got 16 yards on a deep out to the left sideline with 37 seconds left in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season finale against New Orleans. Those were 16 critical yards in the Bucs’ incredible, game-winning, 95-yard drive, as they got the offense across midfield and set up Jameis Winston’s final 39-yard touchdown toss to Chris Godwin. Those yards were important to Evans in a personal sense as well, as they put him over 1,000 – 1,001, to be exact – on the season.
The 1,000-yard mark is a fine goal for any NFL receiver, but in Evans case it extended a streak and put him into a very exclusive club. The former 2014 first-round pick has now surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, joining A.J. Green and Randy Moss as the only players in league history to accomplish that feat. Evans will take his streak into 2018 and try to eventually catch his idol, Moss, who opened his career with six such seasons.