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Winston, Evans Among NFL's Best Under 25

Posted Jan 6, 2017

Jameis Winston and Mike Evans are among the NFL's best players under 25, according to Pro Football Focus.

Throughout their young careers, quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans have broken several records and earned trips to the Pro Bowl, and both players have done it before their 25th birthday. This week, Pro Football Focus released their Top 25 Players Under 25 list and both Winston and Evans were selected. Winston was the No. 18 player while Evans, PFF’s top-ranked wide receiver in 2016 and a member of their All-Pro team, was No. 10.

“Evans had a monster year this season, making first team All-Pro with 1,321 yards and a dozen touchdowns on the back of being the league’s most-targeted receiver with 168 passes going his way,” PFF’s Sam Monson wrote. “He caught some of the most spectacular passes of the season with some incredible body control and one-handed passes putting a highlight reel together that no other receiver can rival.”

Evans is the fourth-best wide receiver under 25 behind New York’s Odell Beckham, Oakland’s Amari Cooper and Houston’s Deandre Hopkins. He finished the year with 12 touchdown receptions, tied for a Buccaneer record, along with career-highs in catches and receiving yards. In each of his first three seasons, Evans has gone for over 1,000 yards.

Winston is the No. 2 quarterback behind Dallas rookie Dak Prescott. Although Prescott is in his first year and Winston is in his second, Winston is still the younger passer. Winston rattled off 4,090 yards in 2016, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to begin his career with back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons.

For Pro Football Focus’ full list, click HERE.