The Bucs came into Week 17 not only looking to officially clinch the No. 5 seed, but to also set new records in multiple categories.
One of those records was Randy Moss’ and Mike Evans’ record of consecutive 1,000 yard seasons to start a player’s career. Both players were tied with six straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards coming into the game against the Falcons. Evans was just 40 yards shy of owning it all to himself, but now it’s all his as he sits alone with seven straight seasons under his belt.
It didn’t take long for Evans to break the record. He had three receptions for 46 yards in the first quarter, with this reception being the record-breaker:
History just made.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 3, 2021
Mike Evans caught on this big catch.
7 straight seasons with 1,000 yards.
He dropped a touchdown on the next play and got injured. pic.twitter.com/FLrhsKNBjq
#1Fo pic.twitter.com/2Pc6c20bp6— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 3, 2021
It’s an impressive feat and one that’s obviously not easy to obtain. Evans deserves every bit of this accomplishment, as well. He’s one of the league’s most underrated receivers, but what makes this so impressive is the fact that he was able to accomplish this record with a not-so-great track record of starting quarterbacks. Names like Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jameis Winston highlight the list before Tom Brady’s arrival.
Evans now has 532 receptions for 8,266 yards and 61 touchdowns for his career.