Star Texas A&M football wide receiver Mike Evans has made a living terrorizing NFL defensive backs, but he was snubbed for the All Pro team in 2018.
Every year in the NFL there are guys who make the Pro Bowl who shouldn’t and guys who don’t make it that should. It’s inevitable when you have fans, players and media members all voting on the teams. It’s a popularity contest for the most part. When former Texas A&M football star Mike Evans was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, it wasn’t all that surprising.
However, the AP All Pro teams usually corrects these mistakes, so the fact that Evans was left off both teams is a sham. He finished the 2018 season with 86 catches for 1,524 yards (17.7 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns.
Admittedly, there are a myriad of wide receivers who put up numbers these days. The NFL has never aired it out as much as they do now. Having said that, Evans is one of the most explosive players at the position and a nightmare for opposing cornerbacks to cover.
His receiving yards total was good for third in the NFL, and ranked only behind teammate DeSean Jackson and Josh Gordon in yards per reception among receivers with at least 40 catches. Evans moves to first among receivers with at least 50 catches. Both numbers are better than Tyreek Hill, who made the second team and had just one more reception than Evans. Hill had more touchdowns with 12.
Evans was selected to the All Pro team in 2016 with 96 catches, 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. Suppose there is something about scoring double digit touchdowns.
Playing for the terrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t help Evans’ case, but that shouldn’t matter. Mike Evans was definitely one of the four best wide receivers in football this year.