Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs will have WR Mike Evans vs. Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that wide receiver Mike Evans will play in Saturday night’s road playoff game against the Washington Football Team.

Evans was able to run without restriction Thursday and was determined to be a game-time decision.

Evans, 27, was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. An MRI exam afterward determined it to be a hyperextended left knee. No ligament damage was detected.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has a record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career but has never participated in a playoff game.

In his first season with Tom Brady at quarterback, Evans caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. A potential 14th touchdown catch went by the wayside on the play on which Evans was hurt last week. He lost his footing in the end zone and didn’t return to the game.

Cornerback Carlton Davis, also a game-time decision after missing two games with a groin injury, also reportedly is set to play.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Mike Evans runs, game-time decision at WFT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was able to run without restriction Thursday and is a game-time decision for Saturday night’s road playoff game against the Washington Football Team.

Head coach Bruce Arians said the Buccaneers will monitor how Evans responds physically Thursday and Friday. He is likely to work out on the field Saturday in pregame before any final call is made on keeping him active.

Evans, 27, underwent an MRI exam following his Week 17 injury, which was determined to be a hyperextended left knee. No ligament damage was detected.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has a record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career but has never participated in a playoff game.

In his first season with Tom Brady at quarterback, Evans caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. A potential 14th touchdown catch went by the wayside on the play on which Evans was hurt last week. He lost his footing in the end zone and didn’t return to the game.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Evans has no structural damage to knee

Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans is day to day after hyperextending his left knee in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Monday that an MRI showed no structural damage to the knee and that he expects to have Evans back in practice on Thursday. He said Evans’ knee had very little swelling.

Before the injury on Sunday, Evans became the first player in NFL history to top 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons when he exceeded the mark in the first quarter.

Evans, 27, set the record when he caught a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady with approximately one minute remaining in the quarter. He had shared the record of six at the start of a career with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

Evans needed 40 yards entering the contest. He caught three passes for 46 yards in the quarter.

One play after the record-setting catch, Evans was wide open in the end zone but dropped the pass. Replays show he injured his left knee just before the ball arrived and he was down on the turf before being helped off and taken to the locker room. He didn’t return to the game.

Evans has 70 receptions for 1,066 yards and a franchise-record 13 touchdown catches this season.

The Buccaneers (11-5) cruised to a 44-27 victory over the Falcons on Sunday to clinch the fifth seed in the NFC. They will play the Washington Football Team (7-9) on the road in the club’s first postseason game in 13 years on Saturday night.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Evans sets receiving record, then leaves with injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans became the first player in NFL history to top 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons when he exceeded the mark in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Evans set the record when he caught a 20-yard pass from Tom Brady with approximately one minute remaining in the quarter. He had shared the record of six at the start of a career with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

Evans needed 40 yards entering the contest. He caught three passes for 46 in the quarter.

One play after the record-setting catch, Evans was wide open in the end zone but dropped the pass. Replays show he injured his left leg just before the ball arrived and he was down on the turf before being helped off and taken to the locker room.

The team ruled him out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.

Evans has 70 receptions for 1,066 yards and a franchise-record 13 touchdown catches this season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talk at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Evans upgraded to questionable vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans’ status was upgraded to questionable on Saturday, one day before the team’s season opener against the host New Orleans Saints.

Evans, who is nursing a hamstring injury, returned to practice as a limited participant on Friday. He was listed as doubtful for the contest at that time.

Evans, 27, missed the final three games of the 2019 season with a hamstring injury.

In 2019, Evans joined Hall of Famer Randy Moss in becoming just the second wide receiver in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.

Evans had 67 receptions for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns in the first 13 games in 2019.

The Buccaneers’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (462), receiving yards (7,260) and receiving touchdowns (48).

Scotty Miller or Justin Watson will see an increase in snaps if Evans is unavailable to play Sunday against the Saints.

Also on Saturday, the Buccaneers called up wide receiver Cyril Grayson from the practice squad. Grayson has one career NFL reception after playing two games for Tampa Bay last season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talk at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers WR Evans (hamstring) spotted at practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was spotted catching passes on the practice field on Friday.

Evans had been absent from practice on both Wednesday and Thursday while nursing a hamstring injury.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection was seen catching fade passes from quarterback Tom Brady during warmups. He then joined the team indoors for practice, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Evans’ level of participation likely will go a long way in determining his availability to play in the season opener against the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Evans, 27, missed the final three games of the 2019 season with a hamstring injury.

In 2019, Evans joined Hall of Famer Randy Moss in becoming just the second wide receiver in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.

Evans had 67 receptions for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns in the first 13 games in 2019.

The Buccaneers’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (462), receiving yards (7,260) and receiving touchdowns (48).

Scotty Miller or Justin Watson will see an increase in snaps if Evans is unavailable to play on Sunday against the Saints.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talk at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers WR Evans nursing soft tissue injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is nursing an undisclosed soft-tissue injury that could jeopardize his availability to play in the season opener against the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Evans is considered day-to-day with the injury.

“We’ll take it all the way to the wire with him,” said Arians according to ESPN regarding Evans, who missed practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“He’s got 1,000 reps already for this game, the whole camp. So it’ll just be a game-time decision. If he doesn’t go Friday, we’ll take it all the way to the ballgame. If he can’t play, other guys will step in and step up.”

Evans, 27, joined Hall of Famer Randy Moss in becoming just the second wide receiver in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.

Evans had 67 receptions for 1,157 yards with eight touchdowns in the first 13 games in 2019 before missing the final three with a hamstring injury.

The Buccaneers’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (462), receiving yards (7,260) and receiving touchdowns (48).

Scotty Miller or Justin Watson will see an increase in snaps if Evans is unavailable to play on Sunday against the Saints.

–Field Level Media

5 Players in the NFC South Who Play Esports

Cam Newton
Carolina’s Newton isn’t just a star on the field; he’s also put the challenge out there for his fans to see him in the virtual arena.
In the old video for Gatorade below he says “don’t try me with the sticks, ’cause these thumbs right here, you don’t want to see it, you don’t want no problems. Whether you’re 13, 12, 21 years old, I’m gonna find you on Xbox Live and destroy you. I have a PlayStation too, I have a GameCube, and I even have an Atari. If it has online gaming, I will find you.”

Newton isn’t messing around with the challenge. He also wasn’t messing around when he sold his likeness to Hugo Games so they could build a mobile game based off his signature dab. When the company decided not to pursue the game, Cam came calling for the remaining $800,000 they owed him. In 2018, the two parties agreed upon terms for a settlement according to Cam’s lawyer, as reported by the Jasmine Brand.
Mike Evans
Evans has the second largest contract of any NFL wide receiver at $16.5 million per year. The deal is for five years, $82.5 million with $55 million guaranteed. But what was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ superstar wideout doing when he received news of his latest contract?
Playing Fortnite of course.
“I was on the phone with my agent and he called me and it’s one of those games that you can’t pause. If you play with teammates, you can’t let them down. If somebody gets knocked down you got to revive them,” Evans told Buccaneers.com. “I just muted the TV and I was on the phone with my agents and we were talking about the deal and it was great. I lost that game, but that was awesome news.”
Like most other 24-year-olds, Evans got caught up in the Fortnite craze. He hasn’t had as much time to practice his skills though. “I’ve played so many, and I win one in every 50 … that shit is hard.” If he’s playing solos, that’s actually pretty good. If he’s squadding up with Bucs teammates, they might need to work on their game. Still, they have better things to focus on.
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Drew Brees
The New Orleans Saints star quarterback once won the Madden Bowl, but told the Hollywood Reporter that he has been playing football video games ever since Bo Jackson dominated Tecmo Bowl in the 90s.
Madden has come a long way since Brees did that interview in 2013. It was one of the first esports to be pushed into the mainstream by ESPN, but initiatives like the Madden Bowl and Madden Nation ultimately faltered. Now there is a new push for Madden as an esport through the Madden Club Championship.
He also helped distribute the educational game “Financial Football” throughout New Orleans schools. Aimed at increasing financial literacy in kids, the game uses a football field with each question advancing the ball towards the end zone.
“You’re just adding this competitive element to it where you’re having to answer these questions in order to move the ball down the field in order to score touchdowns, and it’s just a great way to learn,” Brees told the Hollywood Reporter.
Christian McCaffrey
Like his QB Newton, McCaffrey’s quickness on the field also extends to his thumbs. He’s been playing Call of Duty since he was a kid growing up in Colorado with his three bothers. Like many people, he first fell in love with the game during the Modern Warfare era, according to an interview he did with Uproxx.
While at Stanford, McCaffrey claims he reached the seventh prestige in Modern Warfare 2. For people unfamiliar with the series, that’s a lot of Call of Duty. Recently he was a beta tester in the latest World War II installment of the franchise.
Since joining the Carolina Panthers in 2017, he has used gaming to help connect with sick kids. Last Halloween, he went to the hospital to play Call of Duty while dressed as Captain America.


Mark Ingram
For Ingram, being on the cover of NCAA 12 wasn’t just an honor, it was a title he had to defend.
“How am I going to be on the cover and have somebody whoop me? It’s a matter of pride,” Ingram told ESPN’s Jon Robinson in 2011. “I wanted to win last year, but this year, I have to win. There’s no way I’m going to be on the cover of a game and lose.”
He backed up his words, beating every other college player in NCAA Football 12 at the EA Sports Draft Night Premiere Party. Ingram has come a long way from his days at Alabama to now being half of the most dynamic backfield in the NFL alongside Alvin Kamara.
He shares similar gaming habits with many other players, preferring football games and shooters like Call of Duty, which he plays with Saints teammate, star defensive end Cameron Jordan.


On The Ringer’s Achievement Oriented podcast, he compared gaming to being a football player. “All your fingers and your thoughts have to be moving together. Even on the [football] field you always have to be aware. If you hesitate for a second, you’ll probably get knocked out.”
This is the final NFC division piece of this eight-part series before the AFC series begins next week. If you are interested in reading the rest of the NFL’s interest in esports, here are the NFC West, NFC North and NFC South installments.