Mike Evans continues to go where no other NFL wide receiver has gone before.
Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Evans broke his own NFL record by breaking the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the ninth straight season. He was already the first player in league history to start his career with at least seven such campaigns. The previous record of six was held by Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Evans entered Sunday’s game with 917 yards for the season and surpassed 1,000 on receptions for 63 yards in the second quarter.
Evans’ streak is notable even beyond his ever-growing career-launching streak. His ninth consecutive 1,000-yard reception His season is his second-longest streak at any point in a player’s career, alongside Hall of Famer Tim Brown (1993–2001) It is a record. Only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who recorded his 1,000 receiving yards in his 11 consecutive seasons from 1986 to his 1996, has a longer record.
The 7th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Evans started his career as a rookie with a campaign of 1,051 yards, improving to 1,206 in his second year and 1,321 in his third, finishing the Buccaneers’ singles. He peaked at 1,524 yards, a season record. 2018. He averaged 75.5 yards per game in his career before entering the contest on Sunday. He is Tampa Bay’s all-time leader in receptions, his yards received, touchdowns his receptions, total he touchdowns, and yards from scrimmage.
Overall, Evans is currently tied for third in NFL history for most 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Rice holds the record with 14 and Moss holds the next record with 10. Evans joins his group of four other players for his nine seasons alongside Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Terrell Owens and Jimmy Smith.