Bucs WR Mike Evans reaches 1,000 receiving yards for 10th time

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans went over 1,000 receiving yards for the 10th straight season by catching seven passes for 162 yards and one touchdown in Sunday’s 21-18 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Evans, who has 1,012 yards, is the only receiver in NFL history to top 1,000 in each of his first 10 NFL seasons. In 2020, he set the record by accomplishing it for the seventh straight season to start his career.

He also tied Hall of Famer Randy Moss for the second-most 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a career. The only player with more 1,000-yard campaigns is icon Jerry Rice, the Hall of Famer who did it 14 times.

Also, Rice is the only player who has had more consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (11 in row from 1986-96) at any point during his career.

“I don’t know what more you can say. He’s done this for 10 years now,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said of Evans. “Over 60 catches 10 years in a row. Over 1,000 yards 10 years in a row. You know he’s getting the ball and everyone is trying to stop him, and he makes plays over and over. It’s a credit to him and his work ethic. The way he approaches the game, it’s unbelievable.”

Evans, 30, entered Sunday’s game needing 150 yards to reach 1,000. He reached the milestone when he caught an 11-yard pass from Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter.

“I’m happy we got the win, most importantly,” Evans said. “I’m happy with the record, obviously. I had a lot of great quarterbacks and offensive coordinators who believed in me. So, I really appreciate them. Hopefully I can keep that streak going for however long my career goes.”

Evans also had a 75-yard touchdown in the game as he reached at least 150 receiving yards for the 13th time in his career. It was his 10th scoring reception of the season. He has 61 catches.

In 149 career regular-season games, Evans has 744 catches for 11,437 yards and 91 touchdowns.

Evans was the No. 7 overall selection of the 2014 draft out of Texas A&M.