Islander lifts AP honor after stellar season
FOLLOWING a season in which he firmly established himself as one of the NFL’s elite receivers, Galveston Ball alum Mike Evans was selected to the Associated Press all-pro second team on Friday, the first time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star has been chosen for the honor.
The third-year pro from Texas A&M was near the top of most statistics at the position, finishing sixth with 96 receptions, while his 1,321 yards was fourth best.
He pulled in 12 touchdowns, tying with Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-pro first-teamer Antonio Brown and Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson for second place.
Evans, right, proved to be one of the season’s most valuable receivers, as 81 of his receptions resulted in first downs, a number that led the league.
No receiver was more targeted as he had 175 passes thrown in his direction.
Despite injuries to the Bucs’ receiving corps that left him facing considerable coverage and attention from opposing defenses, Evans helped his team record a 9-7 record, the franchise’s first winning season since 2010.
As a result, the Buccaneers stayed in playoff contention until the final week of the regular season.
The AP honor was just the latest for Evans, who was chosen to the Pro Football Focus all-pro team earlier last week and was also named to his first pro-bowl team last month.