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The National Football League today announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 17. Evans earned the distinction for the second time in his career, joining teammate Chris Godwin as the only wide receivers in franchise history to win the award multiple times.
Evans contributed 10 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s division-clinching win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. He led all players across the league in receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, receiving touchdowns and touchdowns from scrimmage. The 207 receiving yards marked the fourth-most in a single game in franchise history and his three touchdowns were tied for the second-most in a single game in club history. His 10 receptions were the second-most by any player in Week 17. Sunday’s game marked Evans’ second 200-yard receiving performance, his seventh with 175-or-more yards, his 11th with 150-or-more yards and the 33rd 100-yard performance of his NFL career. Evans and Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill are tied for the most games in league history with 175-or-more receiving yards and multiple touchdown receptions, with five-such performances each.
With his receiving totals on Sunday, Evans surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving milestone for the ninth consecutive season, marking the longest-such streak to begin a player’s career. Evans became the third player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards in nine consecutive seasons overall, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (11 consecutive from 1986-96) and Tim Brown (nine consecutive from 1993-2001). His nine career 1,000-yard seasons trail only Rice (11) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss (10) for the most in league history.
Since entering the league in 2014, Evans ranks first in receptions of 25-plus yards (99), second in receiving touchdowns (81), tied for second in 175-yard receiving games (seven), second in receptions of 20-plus yards (168), third in receiving yards (10,425), third in receiving first downs (532), tied for third in 150-yard receiving performances (11), tied for fifth in receptions of 50-plus yards (14), sixth in 100-yard receiving games (33) and eighth in receptions (683). His 15.3 yards per reception is the third-highest mark among players with 300-or-more receptions since 2014.
Evans serves as a captain for a Buccaneers offense that leads the NFL in completions (477) and ranks second in both passing yards per game (278.1) and passing first downs (232) this season. He is the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in career receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, scrimmage yards (10,435) and touchdowns scored (82).
The ninth-year veteran has earned four Pro Bowl selections (2016, 2018-19, 2021), was a member of the team’s Super Bowl LV championship team and has been chosen three times as Tampa Bay’s Walter Payton Man of the Year (2019-21).
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