Evans Already Maturing in Rookie Season

Buccaneers' rookie receiver Mike Evans is one of the most fiery guys on the field every week. His passion has not gone unnoticed and the opposition has felt it. Evans has flattened defensive backs on run plays, he has come down with passes many others couldn't come close to hauling in, and he has been in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Buccaneers' rookie receiver Mike Evans is one of the most fiery guys on the field every week. His passion has not gone unnoticed and the opposition has felt it. Evans has flattened defensive backs on run plays, he has come down with passes many others couldn't come close to hauling in, and he has been in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

His fire has sometimes led to frustration this season and the 21-year old says he watches veteran receiver Vincent Jackson to not just learn from but also calm down.

“He talks to me a lot, but I get more just watching him," Evans said. "Watching him in practice, he practices hard, he looks like the freshest guy out there and it’s his 10th or 11th year. In the game, he doesn’t get frustrated. I get frustrated sometimes, but I watch him and it calms me down. He’s been a big help.”

Evans' 15.8 yards per catch and 11 touchdowns this season is among the Top 10 in the league. His 63 receptions for 997 yards is also tops among the rookie class. His first season has been impressive but says he is still improving.

“I’ve grown a lot. I can read coverages better," said Evans. "Early on, I knew the offense well, but not as well as I did when I got in a couple of more games. Then I started playing fast and now I know the cornerbacks’ tendencies and things like that now, and next year is going to be a lot of fun.”

Evans should easily surpass the 1,000-yard mark in this final week of the season. Undoubtedly the biggest bright spot on the team this season, it'll be interesting to see him get better as the years go on.

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