Bucs’ WR Mike Evans Hopes He’ll be “Closer to 100 Percent” Against the Saints

Mike Evans with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. Photo by Andrew J Kramer/CSM/Shutterstock

After an ugly knee hyperextension in Week 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans managed to make a swift return to the field. Not only that, but the 27-year-old wideout also put up an electric performance in a wild-card win against Washington that saw him get 119 yards on just six catches.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday about the Washington game, Evans said that he was motivated to be on the field by the fact that it was his first career postseason appearance.

“It meant a lot,” said Evans. “I haven’t been to the playoffs—it was my first time, the first game in the playoffs. I was excited to play.”

Despite the productive outing, Evans shared that he wasn’t 100 percent ready last week but hopes to be close to that for the divisional round matchup with New Orleans Saints.

“I’m feeling fresher,” he added. “Hopefully I can go into this game closer to 100 percent.”

2020 is shaping up to be a big season for Mike Evans. Not only he made his playoff debut and helped Bucs to the first postseason win since 2002, but he also became the first wide receiver in the history of the NFL to reach the 1,000 yards receiving in his first seven seasons in the league.

Evans had 70 receptions for 1,006 yards while adding career-high 13 touchdowns during the regular season.