Despite missing a game with a groin injury, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans leads all rookies in receiving yards with 794 thanks to a monster performance in Tampa Bay’s 27-7 win at Washington. Against the Redskins, the NFL’s seventh overall pick had a career-high seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Evans is quickly establishing himself as the league’s best rookie wide receiver.
Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin leads all rookies in catches (52) and touchdowns (eight), but he is the only top rookie receiver that has played in all 11 games this season.
Here is a list of the wide receivers selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and what they’ve been able to accomplish thus far and how Evans stacks up against them.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (28th overall pick)
• 52 catches for 788 yards and eight touchdowns
• Played in 11 games – averaging 4.7 catches and 71.6 yards per game
• Has two 100-yard games
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (seventh overall pick)
• 46 catches for 794 yards and seven touchdowns
• Played in nine games – averaging 5.1 catches and 88.2 yards per game
• Has three 100-yard games, including a 200-yard game
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (fourth overall pick)
• 48 catches for 681 yards and five touchdowns
• Has played in 10 games – averaging 4.8 catches for 68.1 yards per game
• Has three 100-yard games
Saints WR Brandin Cooks (20th overall pick)
• 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns
• Has played in 10 games – averaging 5.3 catches and 55 yards per game
• Has no 100-yard games
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (12th overall pick)
• 31 catches for 463 yards and three touchdowns
• Played in 6 games – averaging 5.1 catches for 77.1 yards per game
• Has two 100-yard games
Evans, whose 88.2 yards per game average is best among rookies, is the only rookie to have a 200-yard receiving game, at least two games with multiple touchdowns and at least four catches in every game this season.
He is on pace to record 76 catches for 1,323 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Should he hit those marks, the Texas A&M product would surpass Michael Clayton’s rookie record of 1,193 receiving yards, which was set in 2004, and Evans would tie Mike Williams’ 11 touchdown catches during the 2010 campaign.
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Comparisons aren’t necessary! He’s our guy and I wouldn’t trade him for anybody on the list. We need to get a true 3rd WR who can stretch the field and compliment him and V-Jax on slants and posts patterns (where is Robert Herron?). We need our own Edelman and Amendola! If we had an OC who knew how to get Charles Sims into space where he can use his quick feet, we could be downright scary. Mike Evans could be the start of something big!
My guess is VJ will have more chances this weekend and Evans will be double teamed. Go Bucs!
I was worried about the speed but yesterday mike showed me we could still use a true burner, the funny thing is except for the two blowouts the team has had a chance to win all the other games, a few less mistakes and the team is in first place, but almost all teams can say the same thing
Hopefully our newest rookie WR, named Mike, will continue to dominate beyond his rookie year.
The difference with the other Mikes is they didn’t possess Evans’ desire to be great. Clayton’s ego got in the way and Williams lifestyle derailed his career here but he is still a good receiver in chilly Buffalo.
I try not to get too excited about Rookie receivers. This organization seems to have had plenty that star for a year and then go flat. Lets see where he is two yrs from now.
Which is wrong, that Benjamin leads all rookies with 52 catches or that Cooks has 53 catches?
aT FIRST i THOUGHT IT WAS A mISTAKE. bUT tAMPA STAFF DID A GREAT JOB IN SELECTING EVANS not the other Tx A&M product. You know what I mean. A lot of the teams did not even think Tampa was going to select him! Also that third rounder in Smith is the future. I hope Tampa draft next year would be the best draft ever, also can someone like the writers could in the future explain how many draft choices they have right now!in 2o15 & 2016! GO BUCS
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