Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans ran off the field at Raymond James Stadium early Sunday evening carrying a souvenir from the Bucs 14-5 victory over the Seahawks in his helmet.
It was a white Seahawks jersey taken from one of the pass defenders of the Seahawks legendary Legion of Boom, but it probably wasn’t the defender you think.
Instead of exchanging jerseys with cornerback Richard Sherman, the All Pro he beat for his second touchdown of the day (above), Evans exchanged jerseys with Steven Terrell, the safety he beat for the first.
“That’s my guy,’’ Evans said of his former Texas A&M teammate. “Richard, I didn’t trade jerseys with him. I just talked to him after the game for a while, but he was cool. He had some nice things to say.’’
He had good reason to. Evans lowered the boom on Sherman and the Legion of Boom on Sunday, catching eight passes for 104 yards and those two scores, both of which came in the first quarter.
“Mike couldn’t have started any hotter,’’ Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “I mean, Mike really came up big today. My only disappointment is that we didn’t stay with it in the second half.’’
The Seahawks probably aren’t. Even with Sherman shadowing him for most of the afternoon, they simply had no answer for Evans, whose assault on the Buccaneers passing records continues.
Evans caught his ninth and NFL-best 10th touchdown passes of the year Sunday and now needs just three to break his own single-season record for such catches, set during his rookie year.
The touchdown receptions also gave Evans 25 for his career, which is the fifth most in team history and just 11 shy of Jimmie Giles all-time team record set between 1978-86.
Evans also has six career games now with multiple touchdown receptions, the most in team history, and in case you hadn’t heard he also passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the third time in as many years.
Evans is now one of just four players (A.J. Green, John Jefferson and Randy Moss are the others) to have more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of their first three years in the league.
When he was told of the accomplishment after the game, though, Evans seemed more excited about the jersey exchange he’d had with Terrell than his place in history.
“It’s an all-right accomplishment,’’ Evans said. “I’m more into team accomplishments. I mean, God has blessed me with all this talent, so I feel like I’m supposed to do stuff like this.’’
With three straight wins and now at 6-5, the Buccaneers are happy with both.