Mike Evans Sets Buccaneers' 3-Game Record for Receiving Yards

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffNovember 17, 2014

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 16: Wide receiver Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by cornerback Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Washington Redskins late in the third quarter at FedExField on November 16, 2014 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans broke a franchise record for most receiving yards over a three-game period upon catching a 56-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-7 win over the Washington Redskins, per Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times.

The game-sealing touchdown catch, which was Evans' seventh and final reception of the day, gave him 458 receiving yards over the last three games, with 209 of those coming in Sunday's contest alone.

The previous team record of 438 yards over a three-game span was set by Antonio Bryant in 2008, while Vincent Jackson's 382 in 2012 has fallen back to third place, per Auman.

Evans started the record-breaking run with seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 9 loss to the Cleveland Browns, and he then caught another seven balls for 125 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Falcons.

Following Sunday's performance of seven catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns, Evans has 21 receptions and five touchdowns over the last three games, in addition to his franchise-record 458 receiving yards.

Despite missing one game because of an injury and falling short of 80 receiving yards in each of his first six NFL appearances, the rookie out of Texas A&M is still on pace to record 74 catches for 1,270 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The 11 touchdowns would tie Evans with Mike Williams (2010) for first place on the Bucs' single-season list, and the 1,270 receiving yards would be good for fourth place in franchise history.

Only four players have ever topped 1,200 receiving yards as a rookie, with Bill Groman's 1,473 for the 1960 AFL Houston Oilers setting the standard, followed by Anquan Boldin's 1,377 (2003), Randy Moss' 1,313 (1998) and Billy Howton's 1,231, per pro-football-reference.com's play index.

If Evans maintains his season-long average of 88.2 receiving yards per game and doesn't miss any more contests, he'd finish the year with 1,323 yards, good for third on the all-time rookie list.

With the way he's played lately, Evans may even make a run at Groman's record of 1,473.

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