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September 28, 2020 12:12 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Maximizes catches in Week 3 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans secured both of his targets for a pair of one-yard touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

Evans was uncharacteristically quiet from a cumulative statistical standpoint, but the fact both his receptions went for touchdowns rewarded fantasy managers nevertheless. Evans' receiving yardage tally was naturally an outlier that is unlikely to come close to repeating itself this season. Additionally, the 27-year-old already has four touchdowns on the campaign, and the level of trust that clearly already exists between him and Brady should continue to pay handsome fantasy dividends throughout the remainder of the campaign. Evans will look to continue finding the end zone while offering more production in receptions and receiving yardage against the Chargers in a Week 4 battle, a game that Chris Godwin (hamstring) notably could miss after he exited Sunday's game early.

September 20, 2020 05:16 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Clears century mark in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans brought in seven of 10 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

After a rough Week 1 where he managed a hamstring injury and finished with just a 1-4-1 line, Evans bounced back with a couple of splash plays on his way to his first 100-yard effort with Tom Brady as his battery mate. The sixth-year wideout recorded a game-high 50-yard grab, and he also connected with Brady for a 23-yard touchdown catch in the latter portion of the first quarter for Tampa Bay's second touchdown of the day. Evans paced the pass-catching corps in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, unsurprising given Chris Godwin's (concussion) absence. Evans will look to thrive in a Week 3 road battle against the Broncos that should present a tougher matchup for the Bucs' passing game.

September 18, 2020 03:16 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Cleared for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Evans logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He gets a great matchup against a vulnerable Carolina secondary, and he could see even more targets than usual if Chris Godwin (concussion - doubtful) is inactive. For all the theatrics surrounding his status last week, Evans ended up playing 93 percent of the offensive snaps in a loss to New Orleans, though he was limited to a single reception (a two-yard TD) on four targets.

September 17, 2020 04:52 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Turns in limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

In addition to matching his level of practice activity from Wednesday, Evans elaborated on the hamstring injury that rendered him a game-time call Week 1 before he ultimately gained clearance for the Buccaneers' eventual season-opening loss to the Saints. According to Auman, Evans said Thursday that the hamstring issue prevented him from practicing for two weeks before the game against the Saints, which helps explain why he was a relative non-factor in the Tampa Bay passing attack. Despite playing 65 of the team's 70 offensive snaps, Evans corralled just one of four targets for a two-yard touchdown. He believes more practice time this week should allow him to take on a more significant role Week 2 against the Panthers, and the potential absence of Chris Godwin (concussion) -- who missed his second straight practice Thursday -- would open up even more volume in the passing game for Evans.

September 16, 2020 09:36 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Held back Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Despite his uncertain status prior to the Buccaneers' Week 1 loss at New Orleans, Evans suited up and played 65 of 70 offensive snaps while scoring a touchdown among his four targets. Clearly, his status will be one to watch as this week goes on, but his ability to take part in the first practice of Week 2 is a sign that he's attempting to gut out his hamstring injury and continue to suit up on game days.

September 14, 2020 01:56 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Finds end zone in Sunday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans caught one of four targets for a two-yard touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Saints.

The receiver headed into Week 1 a question mark due to a hamstring strain, and while Evans was active, his usage suggests he may not have been 100 percent. New Bucs quarterback Tom Brady did look his way in the red zone in the fourth quarter, however, as Tampa attempted a comeback. With another week to heal, Evans should be a bigger part of the game plan in Week 2 against a Panthers defense that looked more vulnerable on the ground than through the air in its opener.

September 13, 2020 06:04 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Active in Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 1 tilt against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Evans has been trending in the right direction since Saturday, when he was upgraded from doubtful to questionable following a limited practice Friday. The seventh-year wideout followed it up with a pregame workout that reportedly included several full-speed sprints, cementing his active status for this season-opening divisional showdown. With no reported limitations in terms of a snap count, there's cautious optimism Evans will fill his usual role as one of the top targets in an aggressive Buccaneers offense now helmed by future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

September 13, 2020 02:52 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Pre-game workout goes well
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers "liked what they saw" during Evans' (hamstring) pre-game workout Sunday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Per Glazer, "unless something changes," Evans will give it a go Sunday against the Saints. Confirmation of the wideout's Week 1 status, either way, will arrive when the Bucs release their inactives in advance of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

September 13, 2020 11:44 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Status to be decided after workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers plan to put Evans (hamstring) through a pregame workout before determining his status for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Glazer expects Evans' workout to take place around 1:30 p.m. ET, after the first wave of games have already kicked off. As a result, fantasy managers waiting for confirmation on Evans' status before including him in lineups may have to roll the dice and hope that he's good to go for the Buccaneers' season opener, which kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Glazer notes that even if Evans gains clearance to play following the workout, the Buccaneers plan to be cautious with the wideout, who may not handle a full snap count. After managing only one limited practice this week due to the hamstring injury, Evans was initially listed as doubtful for the Week 1 contest before being upgraded to questionable Saturday.

September 13, 2020 02:16 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: On track to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) could have a limited snap count but is expected to play Sunday against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 27-year-old was considered doubtful after practicing as a limited participant Friday, but he was upgraded to questionable Saturday. Evans likely will still need to be officially cleared via a pregame workout, but the team is apparently optimistic he'll be able to play in the season opener.

September 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Upgraded to questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

It's hard to view this as anything but a step in the right direction, but the plan has always been for Evans to essentially be a game-time call Sunday. Evans managed to practice Friday in a limited capacity so Saturday's upgrade certainly seems like a positive indication of the star wideout's status. Fantasy managers should still keep tabs on Evans' status leading up to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

September 11, 2020 04:00 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Called 'doubtful' for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest at New Orleans.

The Buccaneers seem to be waiting until Sunday to make a final call on Evans' availability for Week 1, but the fact he was tagged with a "doubtful" designation is not a great sign that he'll be active. He did get back on the practice field Friday in a limited capacity, but if Evans is unable to suit up this weekend, Chris Godwin will be the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver, while Scotty Miller, Justin Watson and rookie Tyler Johnson will be candidates for additional snaps.

September 11, 2020 01:40 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Takes part in Friday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) took part in Friday's practice, Jenna Laine of reports.

It appears Evans was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday, but it's a good sign that he was on the field after sitting out the previous two days. While Evans' participation provides reason for optimism, his status for Week 1 has not yet been determined and may not be until game day.

September 10, 2020 11:32 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Not partaking in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) wasn't spotted on the field during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Instead, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times notes that Evans worked outside on the field with team trainer Bobby Slater, while the Bucs' healthy players practiced indoors. With that in mind, Evans is poised to go down as a non-participant in practice for the second day in a row, leaving his availability for Sunday's season opener at New Orleans uncertain. Head coach Bruce Arians suggested that Evans could end up being a game-time call for the Week 1 matchup, but the wideout's activity (or lack thereof) in Friday's session should provide more insight into whether he's trending toward active or inactive status.

September 9, 2020 05:36 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Could be game-time call Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bruce Arians told Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site that Evans, who didn't practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, may be a game-time call Sunday at New Orleans.

Arians relayed Evans doesn't have to practice this week in order to play, but the decision will "go all the way to the wire." It should be noted Evans missed the final three games of last season due to a strained right hamstring, so his status will be watched closely as Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff draws closer. If he's unable to suit up, his absence would free up reps for Justin Watson, and perhaps rookie Tyler Johnson, who sit directly behind Evans on the depth chart.

September 9, 2020 05:32 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Misses practice with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans was held out of practice Wednesday, with coach Bruce Arians calling the wide receiver is day-to-day with a soft-tissue injury, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

This is the first report of any issue for Evans this summer, and the timing is cause for concern even if the Buccaneers don't think it's a serious injury. The wideout has some history of hamstring and groin injuries, including a three-game absence to close out last season. Another update should be available later Wednesday, when the Bucs release their initial injury report for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

August 17, 2020 09:12 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Chemistry quick with Brady
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans and new quarterback Tom Brady have repeatedly connected on impressive completions during early training camp practices, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The arrival of Brady was naturally expected to be a boon for Evans' fantasy prospects, but the confirmation provided in practice is certainly welcome. Evans has made several difficult catches look easy in the first few throwing sessions of camp, and the Pro-Bowl receiver has worked open on multiple occasions when Brady's initial reads haven't been there. Vitali separately reports Evans also impressed with a one-handed catch from Brady on Sunday, lending credence to the notion the work the two put in during informal workouts at Berkeley Preparatory School in June is paying dividends.

May 21, 2020 12:36 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Starts getting work with Brady
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill-position players that worked out with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.

Team facilities are beginning to open up for a limited number of administrative employees, but coaches and players are still prohibited from reporting. However, the NFL is allowing players to get together for workouts in their local cities as long as they are abiding by governmental regulations. With Florida beginning to quickly loosen restrictions, Brady has wasted no time getting together with as many of his key skill players as possible. Evans is naturally at the head of that group, and Tuesday, he could be seen walking through routes alongside his new quarterback in order to nail down exactly where Brady wants him to make his cuts. Evans averaged 78.8 receptions, 1,241.8 yards and 7.2 touchdowns across 15 games per season over his five campaigns playing with Jameis Winston, and those already impressive numbers are expected to potentially see a boost with the significant upgrade at quarterback. At the very least, Evans' presence at the workout Tuesday suggests he's moved past the right hamstring strain that sidelined him for the Bucs' final three games of the 2019 season.

March 19, 2020 02:16 PM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Gains HOF-worthy QB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) is slated to catch passes from Tom Brady during the 2020 season after the latter agreed to a two-year deal with the Buccaneers this week, Jim Trotter of reports.

Despite playing with interception-prone Jameis Winston, Evans proved to be an excellent fit for coach Bruce Arians' offense during his first season in the scheme in 2019. The towering wideout generated a solid 67-1,157-8 line across 13 games before a hamstring injury held him out of the final three regular-season contests. Evans has averaged over 17.0 yards per grab in each of the last two seasons, a stretch during which he's logged 43 receptions of 20 or more yards and 13 of 40 yards or greater. There are some lingering questions about Brady's arm strength after he reportedly dealt with some elbow issues over the final quarter of the 2019 campaign, but Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times relays comments from ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who believes the future Hall of Famer still has more than enough in the tank to consistently succeed on the downhill play-action passes and accompanying intermediate routes that are a staple of Arians' system.

January 27, 2020 10:16 AM
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Unable to play in Pro Bowl
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Evans (hamstring) didn't play in the Pro Bowl.

Evans was named to the initial roster and later replaced by Amari Cooper. The Bucs' star wideout missed the final three weeks of the regular season with a hamstring injury, but he nonetheless surpassed 1,000 yards for a sixth time in as many pro seasons. Evans is signed through 2023, while quarterback Jameis Winston just completed the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. There hasn't been any report of Evans requiring offseason surgery.

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