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Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans first pair of Buccaneers receivers to go over 1,000 yards

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have set a record this season, despite a horrendous 2-13 record and a likely first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans both needed just a handful of yards to both top 1,000 receiving yards, and the Bucs gave them that on the first two offensive plays of the game. Jackson and Evans are the first pair of Bucs receivers to pass 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

Evans now has 65 catches for 1,017 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Jackson has 70 catches for 1,002 yards and two touchdowns. Despite a horrid season on offense, marred by the worst offensive line in the NFL and a pair of quarterbacks who simply weren't good enough, the Bucs' top two receivers proved they were a formidable combo.

Evans' emergence as a rookie was particularly impressive. The Bucs selected him with the seventh overall pick, but he was fairly raw entering the NFL. Despite that, he's adjusted quickly to the NFL and appears to be set for a long and productive career in pewter and red. Jackson's future is a little more murky given his $9.7 million salary, but he should be with the Bucs for a little longer.