Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans Reflects on Standout Game vs. 'Skins

Mike Evans broke out against Washington in 2014, but is prepared to face a much difference defense this time around.

The last time Tampa Bay and Washington met, Mike Evans had a career day, catching nine passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. It's the only time Evans has gone over 200 yards receiving in a single game. For the second time in as many seasons, the two teams are scheduled to meet, bringing back fond memories for the second-year pro.  

"It was a great game for me," Evans said. "It showed my ability to take over games and things like that."

He continued, "I always thought that (I could dominate). I guess that (game) just showed it even more."

Evans knows that this year's Redskins team is much different than last year's, though. Washington hired a new Defensive Coordinator, Joe Barry, this January, and has a completely different starting secondary than a year ago. The re-vamp has Washington allowing an average of 222.5 passing yards per game, the eighth-fewest in the league.

"It showed my ability at the receiver position but they're a different defense this year," Evans said. "A lot of guys injured, they play different schemes and things like that. It'll be a challenge for us but it's nothing we can't handle."

After struggling with a hamstring injury early in the season, Evans is off to a slower start than he would have liked. He's caught 13 passes for 174 yards and has yet to find the end zone. What's his plan to getting back to where he wants to be?

"Just practicing hard," he said, "just making plays when the ball comes my way. There were a couple times where I'm not making the plays that I'm usually capable of but there are 11 games left in the season. I've only played three full games, so this will be my fourth game I get to play. I'm excited about this opportunity."

Evans and the Bucs have three days of practice, from Wednesday to Friday, before departing for Washington D.C. for their sixth game of the 2015 season.

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