Go Mike, Go!

December 28th, 2020

Go-to on go-routes.

Bucs star receiver Mike Evans needs 40 yards to reach 1,000 yards receiving this season.

Hitting the 1,000-yard mark would give Evans seven straight seasons to start his NFL career with 1,000 yards or more receiving, an NFL record. He currently is tied with Randy Moss at six.

But you knew that. Here’s something you probably didn’t know:

No receiver has caught more touchdowns in the past two seasons on go-routes than Evans. Not DeAndre Hopkins. Not Davante Adams. Not Odell Beckham. Not Julio Jones. Not Stefon Diggs. Not Cheetah Hill. Not Michael Thomas.

How does Joe know that? Because NextGen stats, a stats outfit the NFL owns and operates, says so.

Evans has 13 touchdowns on go-routes since 2018.

Something else Joe learned from NextGen stats. We can pretty much put to rest the notion that Brady has lost his long-ball touch. Against the Lions, the Bucs quarterback connected on five of seven passes of over 20 yards with two touchdowns.

Doesn’t sound like a middle-aged man who lost his fastball, does it?

28 Responses to “Go Mike, Go!”

  1. BucfaninMi Says:

    GO BUCS!!!!🤘🏼🤘🏼

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    What is the number of amount of yards Mike has drawn in PI calls, does anyone have that stat? I believe it’s around 200 yards, he has to lead the league in it. Add those to his receiving yards and you’re looking at around 1200 yards of offense.

  3. Colin in Canada Says:

    Its too bad the NFL is going to a 17 game season because records like this one will probably not stand for long.

  4. Bob in Valrico Says:

    What I like about this particular route is it gave Evans more green to adjust
    and get underneath the ball if necessary. Perfect throw and catch. Even a slight angle on the pattern gives the receiver a better view of the ball coming at him. If a sideline go route is thrown toward the sideline you have turned the receivers eyes away from the ball and quarterback. Just a pet peeve of mine but I want the receiver to spend less time hunting for the ball and more time preparing to make
    the catch. Disclaimor: This is coming from a guy who never advanced past back yard football.

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I hope he gets 40 yards on Sunday; hard to believe it’s 7 seasons already for ME13. Moreso, I hope ARI beats LAR, GB beats CHI, and WAS beats PHI. Let’s keep CHI out of this thing and ensure the Bucs get the 5th seed to go to WAS. That being said, if ME13 doesn’t get his 40 yards, that could translate to another down day for the Bucs right before the playoffs, which we do NOT want to see.

    It’s so nice to be reading and writing about playoffs and not about whether keep Winston, or who the next HC should be. Joe, has your site volume picked up?

  6. adam from ny Says:

    if TB got addicted to throwing to ME i swear mike could go for like 2,000 yards next season…

    easily 1,500 with a few big games…

    not saying it’s going to happen…

    just the possibilities..

    with our luck they’ll trade mike to free up cap space…

    hope not

  7. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Its very impressive!!!!!! It reminds some of his old patriot days!!!!!!!!! Which reminds some, does Brady still get those mysterious boxes sent from Rodney Harrison?????? But back to the topic!!!!! In fact it looks like a middle aged man that not only found his “fastball” but found his ” Roger Clemens fastball”!!!!!!!!! Some would say that Brady is showing as much heart, as a middle aged man as Lance Armstrong!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean the way he is defying father time and getting stronger as the year goes on, just in time for a wildcard game is really just unbelievable timing!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Lol Michael Thomas. He doesn’t run go routes. He’s also never taken a post 75 yards to the house a day in his life. Slants, hitches and digs are his thing for that slow overrated, glorified possession receiver

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Chicago can’t get more than the 7th seed and the Bucs can’t get less than the 6th…no matter what happens….we will be 5th or 6th…

    I’suspect Mike will get the needed yards in the 1st half…

    Look for Atlanta to show up…

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    It is obvious ME and Godwin are on the same page with Brady. Earlier games Brady anticipated one thing and receivers did another. ME easily gets his 40. Still trying to figure out why he looks pissed after every catch. It also appears AB is a great fit to the mix. Those guys and Gronk can bring it in from anywhere. Brady has the premadona syndrome under control. Hang tight boys I’ll find you. Could be the most underrated dangerous team going into playoffs. Go Bucs!!!

  11. adam from ny Says:

    everything in the playoffs hinges on a clean pocket for TB…


  12. adam from ny Says:

    the o-line needs to:

    rally round tom brady with a pocket full of shells

  13. dmatt Says:

    I’ll say again. My main concern going into the playoffs is our defense. JDean n SMB r our Achilles heel. JDean has size n speed but doesn’t know how to use it on the field. He’s slow to react to the ball, is passive at tackling, n is often timid. SMB play confused n is often out of position, IMO he’s not nfl material. We must get creative. Put Cockrell at corner n Winfield at slot, they both play aggressive n alert with good instincts. Place JDean at safety or bench him if he don’t step up his game. I was so impressed with how the falcons n Seahawks defense played aggressive at the level of post season football. That was smash mouth football. We’ve got to get the lead out our “u know what” to reach that level. Finally, please coach up 6’7 Gholston n Anthony Nelson to use their height n get up off the ground to bat some of those passes down. I saw defenses at their best doing that on games this weekend. Great coaching will prompt the defense to deceive the qb.

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady looked like Sandy Koufax on that laser dart to Brown for a TD.

    I don’t know if a football can be thrown harder…

  15. Joe in Michigan Says:

    El Buco Realisto: What facts or evidence do you have to back up your claims? Or are you just running your man pleaser, like usual?

  16. orlbucfan Says:

    Go, ME13, go! You’ll get those yard. Your pal CG14 will help out. Look out for the Falcons. This is no cupcake game.

  17. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    4 verticals?! I’m hoping Brady saw single high man and audibled to this. It was the right call against this defense but the sideline couldn’t have known that.

  18. AJ Says:

    Lots of Diva receivers get all the publicity. Not to many I would take over #13. Guy is a baller, never complains, tough plays thru pain. Everything not in those Diva receivers…

  19. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Colin in Canada


  20. unbelievable Says:

    Lol Rhealist is such a loser

  21. Howard Cosell Says:

    Brady = Star
    Evans = Star
    Godwin = Star
    Gronk = Star
    Rojo = Possibly a star in the making?
    Devin White = Scary Star
    LVD = Stalwart Star
    Suh = Big Star
    JPP = Home Star
    Jenson – Red Giant Star
    Marpet = Another Stalwart Star

    This team is star-studded and Howard may have left some glaring omissions above.
    Yes. It looks like Tom Brady’s winning mojo is stronger than the Bucs losing mojo. Brady is a powerful force of nature LOL.

    Bucs: Do Not let it go to your head lest you get humiliated by Matty Ice

  22. Howard Cosell Says:

    Pride goes before a fall

  23. Dan Williamson Says:

    First. Mike Evans is a heck of a man. He is blue collar as they come. Works hard to improve. Not fast, but great route runner, big and strong and a fighter, unafraid. Keyshawn Johnson without the giant ego. Brown is fast, but not blazing, quicker than anyone to cut and gets 0-60 faster than anyone and intuitive about finding space. Godwin has awesome hands and runs pretty routes and knows how to find space to rescue a chased qb. Gronk is a physical freak even now and matchup hell for any DB or Lunebacker. Evans however, is the leader, along with Gronk, in setting the attitude. His is great. Just win. Thats all he wants.

  24. Buczilla Says:

    I’ve said it so much that I’m almost tired of saying it. Mike is the premiere wideout in the game and better than any other receiver mentioned in this article regardless of what Ira (love ya man!) or Cheech and Chong’s love child Chris Simms says to the contrary.

  25. I CARE NOW Says:

    Did ME13 just make the HOF in his 7th season??? There can be NO QUESTION!!!

    Mike Evans made 10 receptions for a season-best 181 yards receiving and two touchdowns, marking his franchise-record 13th receiving touchdown of the year. He also became one of just seven players in NFL history with 8,000+ receiving yards and 60+ receiving touchdowns in their first seven seasons, joining Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice and Sterling Sharpe.


  26. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    Great stuff! Love seeing how good we are! That being said “shhhh”
    we don’t do good with prosperity…😉

  27. mark2001 Says:

    Oh man… Mike surely looks like a guy upset that he isn’t getting enough touches. Sounds like the lockerroom is blowing up. SMH…

  28. Ericb Says:

    This is a complete team game but ME will get it ..we need to win and dont worry about stats our d needs to be in everyones face during playoffs dont give them an inch well make it to the SB