“I Should Get 1,000 Yards”

July 1st, 2023

Bold prediction.

Bucs icon Mike Evans has made it clear: If he’s healthy, there is no reason he won’t break the 1,000-yard receiving plateau for his 10th straight season.

Evans, who should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day, spoke at his football camp in Galveston, Tex. earlier week and was asked about his stellar career.

Evans made no bones about it. If he’s healthy, he’s getting 1,000 yards receiving this season.

“I should get 1,000 yards if I’m healthy. Every year. I want to be the tops in the league. I want to be winning games. That’s what I care about,” Evans told Ari Alexander of KPRC-TV in Houston.

The Bucs’ first-round draft pick in 2014 has never known an NFL season without racking up 1,000 yards receiving. In fact, he holds the NFL record for most consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to begin a career.  He’s also two years away from tying the all-time record for most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (11) held by the great Jerry Rice.

Evans confessed that is in his head.

“I think about it,” Evans said. “It’s right there. So I am definitely going to try to get that. …

“I hope I can pass the great Jerry Rice and his record. Obviously, nobody will pass his records, probably, like his overall total.

“That 1,000-yard streak record would be cool to have.”

Now the question is where Evans would be if he ties and/or breaks Rice’s record? Evans is in the final year of his contract.

29 Responses to ““I Should Get 1,000 Yards””

  1. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Mike should always be a Buccaneer, period. If he slows down, make him a hybrid, an in between. Have him resemble a tight end. Twenty yard curls, fifteen yard down and outs, six to seven hundred yards a year to pad his Hall of Fame career. Focus on this year’s catches and touchdowns and see how the dominoes fall. Good luck Mike.

  2. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Love Mike Evans but there won’t be enough balls or yards to go around this season with Captain Checkdown

  3. ManzielMadness Says:

    If he can get a 1000 yards with Mike Glennon and Josh McCown throwing him the football then he can get a 1000 yards with Baker or Trask.

  4. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Manziel perfectly said. Most people seem to forget that he did that his rookie year while still very raw as a receiver. Now he’s a vet.

  5. CrackWise Says:

    Where will he be? Ummm, I am gonna go out a limb and say, he will be on the football field.

  6. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Just Leave Trask Alone Says:
    July 1st, 2023 at 9:26 am
    Love Mike Evans but there won’t be enough balls or yards to go around this season with Captain Checkdown
    If you got a nickel for every asinine post, you’d be rich.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    To get 1,000 yards in a 17 game season, it’s a little less than 60 yards per game. So yes, any good receiver should get it, and Mike Evans is definitely good, great at times.

  8. Rayjay1122 Says:

    As long as he takes care of his hamstrings, he should be able to make it.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Evans got open much of the time by pushing off. The NFL is hip to him now, and are watching him like a Hawk.
    He still is a great receiver, who usually catches any ball thrown his way.

  10. Sly Pirate Says:

    Evans can hit for 200 in a game. He’ll get 1000.

  11. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    First Ballot HOF.

  12. fwfan Says:

    Probably the one that feels this way but Mike Evans is not better than Jerry Rice. I won’t debate it. That is a pure fact beyond debate. As far as this record goes, breaking a record that was exclusively played in a 16 games season with a new record that will have 17 game seasons is an * record.

  13. Juan Says:

    It is no given but to have that consistency is admirable

  14. Matthias Says:

    So the fact that he owns the record for most consecutive 1000 yd. receiving season to start a career isn’t enough for you jokers?? If he does it for the 10th time in 10 seasons, REGARDLESS if he then ties or breaks Rice’s record later on, with Baker Mayfield throwing or not, with his one ring, he is a FIRST BALLOT HoF’er..

  15. Lt. Dan Says:

    “That 1,000-yard streak record would be cool to have.” This tells me that the Bucs should have ME13 for another three years at least. Two years of 1000 yard seasons to tie the immortal Jerry Rice and an additional year to put that record to bed. Get him the rock early and often Baker.

  16. stpetebucfan Says:

    Just leave Trask Alone

    I won’t be as harsh as Joe in Michigan although I totally understand his feelings but dude…

    Do you not remember the infamous video of the girl whining about Brittaney Spears? Yep like you she grew so passionate in her “defense” of Brittany/Kyle that she ended up sobbing and wailing. Is that what is next for you.

    What does “leave Trask Alone” even mean? Do you have a persecution complex?

    If Kyle is the man he’ll start and I’ll cheer for him. In fact I’m not cheering AGAINST him now. I’m not rooting for Mayfield, but like a lot of guys here IMHO he appears to be the better choice. But if “Kyle” wins the competition that’s fine as well. Why does he need your protection? Is he a wuss?

  17. gp Says:

    (fair weather?)
    Just a couple points to ponder
    Mike would be the first to tell you that he isn’t as good as Jerry Rice.

    So far, only three of Mikes seasons have had 17 games in them.

    Mike has not yet needed that 17th game to reach 1000, I don’t think he ever will, barring injury keeping him out of earlier contests.

    Jerry had the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing passes to him for the first 16 years then another 3 with Rich the cannon Gannon. Mike has had McCown, Glennon, Winston. Yes, and three with the GOAT.

    Jerry enjoyed well coached teams throughout his career, Mike, not so much.

    With all this, off the top of my head, I wonder which record actually deserves your silly little asterisk.

  18. CrackWise Says:


    I can appreciate your perspective here.

    What’s crazy to me is, how dose that same perspective not apply to everything that is being said about Baker.

    Seriously, just say Baker instead of Trask and Trask instead of Baker. What do you get?

    Let me help yall out, you get a HIGHLY rank NFL QB that was drafted in the first round THAT HAS FACE PLANTED on 4 different teams.

    VS a HIGHLY rank NFL QB that was drafted in the second round, that has PLAYED TWO YEARS BEHIND THE GOAT on his first team behind the GOAT.

  19. Duane Says:

    Evans is a dawg and a hard worker. He has carried bigger stiffs than Traskerfield, and thats in spite of offensive paradigms that say to use him as a decoy. The best friend of a new OC and QB is a ten year veteran with a ring and 10,000 yards on his resume. We need him to have a big season, and he is primed for one in a possible contract season.

  20. stpetebucfan Says:


    “THAT HAS FACE PLANTED on 4 different teams.”

    That’s simply not true. It’s just more sports hyperbole which I expect I guess on a sports site but it’s not Mayfield or Trask getting disparaged in these posts.

    It’s the entire Bucs organization. IF Trask is the best player why wouldn’t he be the starter as indeed he may. IF Mayfield is better he’ll start.

    The Cleveland Browns suck organizationally even more than the Bucs in their doldrum days. Carolina was such a disaster needing a rebuild that they traded one of the most productive RB’s in the league to try and clean it up.
    LA was minus their best WR and still Mayfield did OK..

    But the gross part of your statement “face planted” on 4 different teams.

    FOUR different teams? He hasn’t even taken a snap for the FOURTH team the Bucs…yet you say he’s face planted…already. That’s exactly what I’m talking about…you guys slander him before he’s played a single down.

    And yet for all his horrible NFL play…Mayfield set the NFL rookie quarterback record for passing touchdowns, along with ending a 19-game winless streak for the Browns in his debut. That’s a face plant?

    in 2020, he led the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002 and first playoff victory since 1994. Those are 20 and 30 year LOSING streaks that HE stopped! Again hardly a face plant.

    I get that he’s struggled with the Panthers and his last year with the Browns…and Carolina…he played decently with the Rams. IF he can regain his swagger and confidence and plays behind an improved OL he can win again.

    Ripping on Mayfield without giving him any credit is like saying Trask’s NFL record is 3 for 9 33% completion rate…23 yards a whopping 42.4 QB rating!

    Less than 3 yards per completion and yet you wish to call Mayfield Captain Checkdown. People can manipulate stats all they want…especially if they do not wish to consider circumstances like the HORRID teams Mayfield has played for or the fact that Trask only got in one game for 9 passes. Think any of that matters in the discussion?

  21. Sly Pirate Says:

    Both Lockett and Metcalf broke 1K last year. Good sign for Evans and Godwin.

  22. Mike S Says:

    LOL earlier in June PFF put out an article called CAPTAIN CHECKDOWN with Baker’s picture featured and showed data with Baker being the checkdown leader despite only playing 12 games. That’s where the nickname comes from.

    People keep saying Baker played better with the Rams. No he didn’t. He did turn the ball over fewer times, but the result of that cautious safe play was a lack of yardage. That last game vs Seattle, which I’m sure Canales remembers, Baker made a very ill advised duck throw in OT that got picked. As soon as you ask Baker to attack down the field you get trouble.

    This team still has the personnel setup for a dynamic passing attack – but they need a QB who is a weapon. This team is not setup as a big play defense, ground you into dust all three phases type of team that can win with a game manager type of QB. The defense is good enough to win a lot of games IF the offense can get 25 PPG. The running game wasn’t good and we don’t know what improvement we’re going to see. The best known commodity is the WR core. With TB12, good protection and BA calling the shots its a 30 PPG team. I know Gronk and AB are gone, but with a good QB and a smart OC it can be a 25 PPG and with this schedule that could get Tampa double digit wins.

    Problem is Baker ain’t the guy. I look on the socials and every Baker sales job post gets ratioed into oblivion – absolutely laughed out of the room. Everyone knows. The absolute stubbornness to consistently declare Baker the guy saying this is a sham competition is absurd. We’re going to get embarrassed people. Its going to be bad.

  23. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    stpetebucfan that’s literally the joke I put out there.

    This site has not bought in on Kyle Trask. They do not give him props. They do not look for and talk about any positives in his game. They always go negative.

    I figure I’m going to come in here and call that out, but at the same time I recognize I’m a nobody fan so I’m going to have fun with that.

    Just Leave Trask Alone!

    No but seriously guys, why constantly dump on the kid? We finally draft a prototype QB who has upside, why aren’t the beat writer type guys rallying behind him? Six foot nothing Baker Mayfield is the guy they can’t get enough of? Makes zero sense to me. Trask passed the eye test with flying colors in the 2022 preseason. There is cause for optimism. I just don’t understand the negativity.

  24. Joe Says:

    This site has not bought in on Kyle Trask.

    For good reason! Trask has yet to demonstrate — in practice — that he’s an NFL starter unless a team is tanking (and if the Bucs want to tank with Trask in order to draft Caleb Williams, #CollapseForCaleb, Joe is 100 percent behind this).

    They do not give him props.

    “Props” are earned.

    They do not look for and talk about any positives in his game.

    What are his positives? Other than he’s a really nice guy. (He keeps the ball low on passes over the middle. That’s a plus, but surely not a sole reason to start a guy in the NFL.)

  25. garro Says:


    Go Bucs!

  26. DalvinCookRules Says:

    Let’s not forget that Rice had the likes of Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing to him for most of his career, whereas Evans only had 1 HOF QB in the twilight of his career for just 3 seasons. As for the other 6 seasons, he mostly had marginal QB talent throwing his way.

  27. unbelievable Says:

    @fwfan – (fair weather?)

    1. No one said Evans was better than Rice. Evans doesn’t even think that.

    2. Evans has never played all 17 games, so his 1000 yard seasons have always been in 16 games or less.

    Educate yourself bro.

  28. fwfan Says:

    In 2021 Mike Evans in Week 17 had 6 rec for 89 yards against Carolina. That put him at 1035 yards receiving for the season. He would not have the active streak had it not been for the extra game. Do the math.

  29. gp Says:

    in 2021, Mike Evans played in 16 games.
    Fairly easy math

    Any answer as to who was throwing the ball to him -vs- Rice?

    How about the coaching?