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Mike Evans Puts Name Among Hall of Famers with Nine-Season Production

Data Crunch: On Sunday, WR Mike Evans became just the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 10,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdown catches in his first nine seasons…Also Rachaad White now leads all rookie backs in receptions


As we noted at the time, wide receiver Mike Evans reached what had been a looming milestone early in the second half of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' overtime loss in Cleveland on Sunday: He surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards. Evans became the 51st player in pro football history (including several who played most or some of their careers in the AFL before the 1970 merger) to hit quintuple digits in that category. He is one of five active players with at least 10,000 receiving yards; one of other four is currently his teammate.

Most Career Receiving Yards, Active NFL Players

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Player Current Team Yards
Julio Jones Buccaneers 13,548
DeSean Jackson Ravens 11,200
DeAndre Hopkins Cardinals 11,155
A.J. Green Cardinals 10,399
Mike Evans Buccaneers 10,003

Evans reached the milestone in an entertaining way, as his 28-yard catch in the third quarter briefly gave him 10,000 career yards on the nose. He would late catch one more three-yard pass. While the 10,000-yard mark is relatively exclusive, Evans also joined a much smaller group of receivers who are either already Hall of Famers or who will undoubtedly be enshrined when they are eligible. Evans is just the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 10,000-yard mark and catch at least 75 touchdown passes within his first nine seasons.

10,000+ Yards and 75+ Touchdown Receptions, First Nine Seasons

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Player Team(s) Seasons Yards TDs
Jerry Rice* 49ers 1985-93 11,776 118
Calvin Johnson* Lions 2007-15 11,619 83
Marvin Harrison* Colts 1996-2004 11,185 98
Randy Moss* Vikings/Raiders 1998-2005 10,700 101
Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 2004-12 10,413 77
Mike Evans Buccaneers 2014-22 10,003 78

(* In the Pro Football Hall of Fame.)

Evans is the first player in Buccaneers annals to reach the 10,000-yard mark.

Most Receiving Yards, Buccaneers History

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Player Seasons Yards
Mike Evans 2014-22 10,003
Chris Godwin 2017-22 5,228
Mark Carrier 1987-92 5,018
Kevin House 1980-86 4,928
Vincent Jackson 2012-16 4,326

Wide receiver Chris Godwin was the Bucs' most active pass-catcher against the Browns, turning 13 targets into 12 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. That reception total is tied for the fifth most in a single game this season by any player and matches the Bucs' 2022 high, as Russell Gage hauled in a dozen passes against Green Bay in Week Three. There have now been six games by a wide receiver with at least 12 catches in Buccaneers history, and Godwin owns half of them.

Most Receptions by a Wide Receiver, Single Game, Buccaneers History

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Receiver Opponent Date Recs.
Chris Godwin Falcons 12/5/21 15
Chris Godwin Browns 11/27/22 12
Russell Gage Packers 9/25/22 12
Mike Evans Seahawks 11/3/19 12
Chris Godwin Rams 9/29/19 12
Keyshawn Johnson Bears 11/18/01 12

Godwin now has 17 career 100-yard receiving games, playoffs included, second only among Buccaneers to the 35 that Evans has recorded. He also caught his 31st career touchdown pass and scored for the 32nd time, tying for fourth and ranking sixth in those two categories, respectively. He is second among wide receivers to Evans on both lists.

Most Career Touchdown Receptions, Buccaneers History

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Receiver Pos. Seasons TDs
Mike Evans WR 2014-22 78
Jimmie Giles TE 1978-86 34
Cameron Brate TE 2014-22 33
Chris Godwin WR 2017-22 31
Kevin House WR 1980-86 31

Most Total Touchdowns, Buccaneers History

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Receiver Pos. Seasons TDs
Mike Evans WR 2014-22 79
Mike Alstott FB 1996-2006 71
James Wilder RB 1981-89 46
Jimmie Giles TE 1978-86 34
Cameron Brate TE 2014-22 33
Chris Godwin WR 2017-22 32
Kevin House WR 1980-86 31
Warrick Dunn RB 1997-2001; 08 28
Joey Galloway WR 2004-08 28
Doug Martin RB 2012-17 28

Most Sacks, Off-Ball Linebackers, NFL 2019-22

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Player Team(s) Sacks
Devin White Buccaneers 20.0
Kyle Van Noy Patriots/Dolphins/Chargers 17.5
Demario Davis Saints 17.0
Roquan Smith Bears/Ravens 11.5
Bobby Wagner Seahawks/Rams 9.0

Quarterback Tom Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Brown. That increased his total as a Buccaneer to an even 13,000 passing yards in the regular season, and in the process he passed Trent Dilfer for fourth place on the team's all-time list.

Most Career Passing Yards, Buccaneers

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Quarterback Seasons Yards
Jameis Winston 2015-19 19,737
Vinny Testaverde 1987-92 14,820
Josh Freeman 2009-13 13,534
Tom Brady 2020-22 13,000
Trent Dilfer 1994-99 12,969

Brady now has 14 touchdown passes this season to give him 97 since he joined the Buccaneers. He has been picked off just two times in 470 throws, giving him the best touchdown-interception ratio in the NFL in 2022.

Best Touchdown-to-Interception Ratio, NFL, 2022 (min. 100 passes)

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Quarterback Team TD/INT
Tom Brady Buccaneers 7.00
Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins 6.33
Jalen Hurts Eagles 5.67
Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers 4.00
Geno Smith Seahawks 3.80

After Evans, the Bucs' most productive pass-catcher on Sunday was rookie running back Rachaad White, who hauled in all nine of his targets for 45 yards. White's single-game career high in catches gave him 29 on the season; he now leads all rookie running backs in receptions in 2022

Most Receptions, Rookie Running Backs 2022

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Running Back Team Recs.
Rachaad White Buccaneers 29
Dameon Pierce Texans 27
Breece Hall Jets 19
Kenneth Walker Seahawks 19
Jaylen Warren Steelers 16

White also carried 14 times for 64 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per tote. That gave him 109 yards from scrimmage on the day, following his 105-yard outing against Seattle in Week 10. White is the first Buccaneer rookie to record consecutive games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage since Evans did it in three straight in 2014 (Nov. 2-16, 2014).

White's second carry against the Browns was a 35-yard breakaway that ignited a 75-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter. That was the Buccaneers' longest play from scrimmage in the game and their longest run this year. White has now posted the team's three longest runs of 2022 over his last two outings.

Buccaneers Longest Runs of 2022

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Player Opp./Date Yards
Rachaad White Cleveland, 11/27 35
Rachaad White Seattle, 11/13 29
Rachaad White Seattle, 11/13 18
Leonard Fournette Dallas, 9/11 17
Leonard Fournette Dallas, 9/11 17

Tampa Bay's defense sacked Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett four times on Sunday, with outside linebacker Anthony Nelson and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches each notching a solo sack. The other two were split, the first by Logan Hall and Keanu Neal and the second by Carl Nassib and Devin White. Tampa Bay's defense is tied for the third most sacks this season and is on pace to finish the year with 56, which would break the team's single-season record, set at 55 in 2000.

Most Sacks by Team, NFL, 2022

1. Dallas: 45

2. New England: 37

3t. Tampa Bay: 36

3t. Philadelphia: 29

5t. Baltimore: 35

5t. Kansas City: 35

White, who also had 2.0 sacks in Week 10, now has 5.5 on the season and 20.5 in his four-year career. Since joining the Buccaneers in 2019, White has produced more sacks than any other off-ball linebacker in the league.

Most Sacks, Off-Ball Linebackers, NFL 2019-22

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Player Team(s) Sacks
Devin White Buccaneers 20.5
Kyle Van Noy Patriots/Dolphins/Chargers 17.5
Demario Davis Saints 17.5
Roquan Smith Bears/Ravens 12.0
Bobby Wagner Seahawks/Rams 10.0

Long-time Buccaneer defenders Lavonte David and Will Gholston continue to move up the Buccaneers' all-time list for games played. David has now tied Tony Mayberry for the sixth most starts in franchise history, while Gholston moved to within one game of Shelton Quarles for ninth place.

Most Games Played, Buccaneers History

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Player Pos. Seasons Games
Ronde Barber CB/S 1997-2012 241
Derrick Brooks LB 1995-2008 224
Dave Moore TE 1992-2001; 04-06 190
Paul Gruber T 1988-99 183
John Lynch S 1993-2003 164
Tony Mayberry C 1990-99 160
Lavonte David LB 2012-22 160
Mike Alstott FB 1996-2006 158
Shelton Quarles LB 1997-2006 148
William Gholston DT 2013-22 147


Additional Notes:

- Tom Brady's second touchdown pass of the game went to rookie tight end Ko Kieft, who scored for the first time in his career. Counting the postseason, Kieft became the 96th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Brady.

- Veteran kicker Ryan Succop made his only field goal attempt in Sunday's game and now has 23 field goals on the season. That is tied for the third most field goals by any kicker this season and is only one fewer than co-leaders Nick Folk and Justin Tucker have through 12 weeks.

- Safety Mike Edwards recorded the Buccaneers' first interception since Week Four when he picked off Jacoby Brissett's 'Hail Mary' attempt in the end zone to end the first half. It was Edwards' second interception of the season and the seventh of his career.

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