The NFL has named wide receiver Mike Evans the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. After putting up 209 receiving yards and two touchdowns last Sunday, I think we can safely say that recognition is deserved.
Shockingly, Evans is the first Bucs receiver to ever win this award. Not that the Bucs have a long history of great receivers, but you'd expect someone like Vincent Jackson or Antonio Bryant or Keyshawn Johnson or Joey Galloway to have won it before. But nope -- a rookie catching passes from Josh McCown is the one who gets it first.
Evans is having a terrific rookie season. After a somewhat slow start, he now leads all rookies in receiving yards, and has put up 458 yards and four touchdowns in just the last three games. He's on pace to put up 1,323 yards on the season, despite missing one game with injury -- and if his recent games are any indication, he'll blow by that mark, too.