Mike Evans is without doubt one of the greatest receivers within the league and the best offensive Bucs participant in group historical past. That’s not up for debate.
There are various attributes which have gotten Evans to an elite stage standing. However is there one factor particularly that separates him from the remaining?
Cornerback Carlton Davis III goes up in opposition to the very best of the very best for the Bucs protection. That features enjoying one-on-one in opposition to Evans in follow, which he did on Wednesday. The bodily traits are one side, but it surely’s the character of steady effort in Evans recreation that can make him a future Corridor of Famer.
“What individuals don’t perceive about Mike is he’s a hell of a competitor,” Davis mentioned. “I don’t even assume individuals perceive there’s days the place it’s like day six of camp, he’s going laborious, my legs harm, I’m like barely getting out of my petal and he’s full pace, full go and he’s on a special timing than everyone else. He desires it extra. You possibly can simply inform that he desires it extra.
“He has the bodily talents, he can do all of it, however his psychological and the way he approaches the sport is simply a lot totally different and simply underrated. I don’t assume lots of people perceive that he’s a monster to go up in opposition to day-after-day as a result of he doesn’t prefer to lose. And when he loses, he will get actually mad, and also you don’t wish to see Mike mad – he’s a beast.”
Going into his ninth yr, Evans remains to be on the prime of his recreation. He’s collected 606 receptions for 9,301 yards, 75 touchdowns together with a Tremendous Bowl ring. Evans holds the franchise file for receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions. To not point out that he holds the file for many consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start a profession (eight).
“I’ve been blessed, however I’ve all the time believed in my talents,” Evans mentioned. “Yearly I’m going to return in tremendous assured. If I’m feeling good, like I mentioned, I really feel like I’m the very best. I’m simply making an attempt to enhance every year and simply completely happy to be right here.”
Evans mentioned that holding his physique in form and able to go is principal element to his success.
“Every year I determine stuff out, issues I must work on and must do to ensure I’m feeling my greatest,” Evans mentioned. “I do the identical exercises, I simply exercise extra now than I did prior to now. That’s why I used to be so heavy, and I watch what I eat now. That’s been useful for the final 3-4 years. Yearly I simply attempt to discover methods to maintain my physique in tip prime form. After I’m feeling good, I really feel like the very best.
And if he ever will get complacent, he simply appears on the new receivers seeking to make the group as inspiration to maintain going.
“All these younger guys that are available in, they offer me further motivation as a result of they offer a lot juice and simply wish to play,” Evans mentioned. They’ve a dream and so they wish to make it. Simply watching them work conjures up me. They’ve been doing nice, I hope I may help them alongside the way in which.”