Mike Evans Slighted

June 23rd, 2019

Weird list.

Joe is of the mind Mike Evans is a top-four wide receiver. But it seems not everyone believes this.

Take Gary Grambling and Andy Benoit of theMMQB.com. They like Evans, but not that much. The duo put together a list of their top-10 receivers in the NFL. Evans barely made it at No. 9.

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta.
2. Antonio Brown, Oakland.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland.
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston.
5. Michael Thomas.
6. Adam Thielen.
7. Keenan Allen.
8. A.J. Green.
9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay.
10. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh.

So Adam Thielen is better than Evans? Keenan Allen, too? C’mon.

Personally, Joe believes you can flip Evans and DeAndre Hopkins on this list at No. 3 and No. 4. Hopkins is way underrated. Odell Beckham, in Joe’s mind, is way overrated. Oh, he’s good, no doubt, but wildly inconsistent. There are games where he just disappears (unless he’s using a kicking net as a sparring partner).

A.J. Green is vastly underrated, as well. Joe would put him at No. 5.

It’s hard to argue that Evans is better than Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. That’s no slight against Evans, who may be putting up Hall of Fame numbers. Jones and Brown are that good.

34 Responses to “Mike Evans Slighted”

  1. AllwayzzHere Says:

    Peter King…was the MMQB. There is no MMQB, now that King is now at NBC Sports. Not even Breer. It’s all backwash there now. Nuff said.

  2. passthebuc Says:

    Does anyone care what someone writes? It does not affect what they do.

  3. Joe Says:

    Does anyone care what someone writes?

    For one, you.

  4. BigHog Says:

    It is what it is!! Keep working..keep climbing…Go Bucs Go Shuy!!

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    If only he was hit in stride…

  6. Bradley Clement Says:

    That list is about right

  7. Wesley Says:

    Mike is a top 3, easily.

  8. Pit of Misery Says:

    He is Top 6, for sure.

  9. SB Says:

    Imagine what people would think if he had Brady or Brees throwing to him.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    MMQB is fake news.
    Peter King is fake news.

    They split apart and you have 200% more fake news.

  11. Al da pewter King Says:

    I normally don’t like getting into debates about who’s better but you can’t tell me that Adam Thielen (who is a very good player) and Keenan Allen(also very good) are ahead of Mike Evans who has played on some terrible teams. I think some just base their opinions on highlights and hype around the league.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Mike Evans is making $20 mil a year for doing what he loves to do. I wonder if he REALLY cares if the MMQB mob list him at #9 or #1?

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    1. Julio Jones
    2. Antonio Brown
    3. DeAndre Hopkins
    4. Mike Evans
    5. Odell Beckham Jr
    6. A.J. Green
    7. Davante Adams
    8. Keenan Allen
    9. JuJu Smith-Schuster
    10. Michael Thomas

    There’s my top 10, not that anyone cares.

  14. Magadude Says:

    There is probably a close space between many of those the list, too close to measure. Evans isn’t great in YAC, and that’s a lot on Winston, who has a bit of an accuracy problem. But I’d say is what gave Johnny Manziel his high grades coming out of college.

  15. bucs4ya Says:

    I love Mike Evans he’s a beast. But I wish he’d quit looking for the soft spot to land and going out of bounds on his own. I’m sure I’ll get bashed for this but if you watch some of his highlights you’ll see what I’m talking about. Hopkins, AB and Odell get the ball and want to score and go for it. Granted some of Mike’s lack of YAC is on Winston but there’s plenty of times where Mike goes out or just lays down after the catch. If he stops that he’d easily be the best in the league.

  16. ATrain Says:



    Media people are followers will write similar to everyone else

    They write to the large group of Fans

    Tampa is a small market

    Anyone who thinks Mike Evans is not too 5 is a sports idiot

  17. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Julio Jones and Antonio Brown are both 30 yrs old
    Atlanta and Oakland would be happy to trade for Mike Evans straight up.
    Beckham is talented, but is much smaller than Evans and has prime time reputation more than anything.
    As for the rest of the list… seriously??

  18. #1bucsfan Says:

    I agree with you joe he’s deff better than Adam an Allen they both are still very good players but not better than ME13. Obj has better moves than 13 but 13 can go up an get the ball at any point. Brown has the moves an has bin doing it longer than 13 but same thing 13 can go up an get the ball brown can’t an Jones is in a league of his own dude is a freak of nature

  19. Ndog Says:

    I love Mike but the key to each receiver ahead of him is YAC which he gets very little of. My list would be:
    1. AB
    2. DeAndre Hopkins
    3. Julio Jones
    4. OBJ (can’t stand him but with the ball in his hands he’s electric)
    5. Evans

  20. Alanbucsfan Says:

    I’ll take Evans over Hopkins
    Houston has very little else in the way of receivers.
    If Evans had Hopkins’ targets, he’d have over 1800 yds.
    Of course, one could argue that because Bucs have so many weapons , it helps Evans

  21. ATrain Says:

    YAC are important no doubt

    But a receiver has to make the tough catches the ones in traffic
    And not be afraid to get hit

    Be tough

    That’s what I think makes a great receiver

  22. donuts Says:

    I don’t take mmqb or pff seriously. Two pom-pom NFL barely news outfits. King used to be good but let commercialism spoil him.

  23. Ed Says:

    Evans has a completely different game than most of the other receivers on the list. He is more of a way better version of Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. His talents are similar except he is way better than those mentioned.

    Mike is a great player but he isn’t a quick cutting receiver that beats defenders with speed or cuts but his catch radius and ability to catch high balls is incredible.

  24. YoungBucs Says:

    How many of those recievers get they’re bells rung like Evans? Then keep the ball for the catch he’s a TRUE baller more so than many on that ignorant list. Joe is 100% correct these guys need to start real evaluations. Without the bias they have toward the team as a whole and look at the players and they’re situations more closely. This is lazy sports journalism at it’s best here.

  25. Greg says Says:

    Obj made one catch has he played a full season yet

  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    OBJ is waaaaaaaaay overrated and a prima donna to boot!
    Keep underestimating us though.

  27. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Agree with all your rankings and reasoning Joe in the top 5. Living in (upstate) NY state I can attest that OBJ vanished in some of those Giants games that I would occasionally get forced to watch when I’d go to the bar with friends. With AB on a different team and Julio getting a little older we might even see both Hopkins and Evans rise into the top 3 WR conversation after this upcoming season is all said and done?

  28. Buczilla Says:

    Mike is number 3 on this list all day long. The makers of this list are biased against Mike because he has mostly played for losing teams. Also, if he played for the Giants or Cowboys he would be contending for number one every year on these dumb lists.

  29. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Love Evans but he’s not top 5

    Just outside of it. If Jameis could hit him in stride, and not throw behind, high or too low to him Evans numbers would be insane.

    That first game in New Orleans with Fitz showed how Evans could burn guys and get YAC if given a chance

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    Evans lead the NFL in YPC, that includes YAK. He was in fact ahead of the kid beater Hill in fact. Those talking about YAK don’t seem to have looked at the numbers. Evans makes yards the hard way, meaning getting downfield and then fighting for deep passes. That’s much more impressive than catching a 5 yard pass, getting some blocks, and just running forward.

  31. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Harry in Costa Rica Says:
    June 22nd, 2019 at 7:13 am
    7) Julio Jones, 12) Odell Beckham, 14) Michael Thomas, 15) Antonio Brown, 24) Tyreek Hill, 31) AJ Green, 45) JuJu Smith-Schuster, 57) Davante Adams, 65) TY Hilton, 73) Keenan Allen, 84) Adam Thielen

    86) Mike Evans, seriously?!?!

    I don’t care how bad the team is, this is a joke. ME is usually in the conversation with the best in the game, to not have him in the top 25 is BS

    NFL Network ranked ME even lower – #12 according to their list. I was surprised the Joes did not comment on this yesterday. Total BS

  32. Pittsshore Says:

    Think about it Joe….he has a recently graded 27th ranked QB throwing him the ball. Evans would have half the catches if he were the same height as Thielen. JW throws him errant jump balls 75% of the time, which pads his and JWs stats.

  33. Snook Says:

    Julio Jones?

    No, sorry. Did anyone see him last year?

    He’s still top 10 but he’s slipping. And will continue to do so now that he’s 30.

  34. diddler Says:

    So Adam Thielen is better than Evans?

    ^^^Um… YES. Have you watching Thielen play? Dood doesn’t disappear with the game is on the line, he steps up and makes plays when they count not be the hero on garbage time stats.