Buccaneers WR Mike Evans named finalist for Rookie of the Year

Mike Evans finished second among rookies with 1,051 receiving yards and tied for the lead with 12 touchdown catches.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mike Evans has been named a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver led his team with 1,051 yards receiving this season after being taken seventh overall. A Texas A&M product, he finished with 68 catches and 12 touchdowns. He had at least three games with 100 yards receiving, including a season-high 209 in a victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans became a sizable target for both Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, and he quickly asserted himself as a rare threat within an offense that became one of the NFL’s worst. Still, his production tapered off late in the year, when he was held to no more than 54 yards receiving in six consecutive games to close.

Other finalists for the award as announced Tuesday include New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Fans can vote for one of the five players starting Tuesday through Jan. 29. A winner will be named during the Super Bowl festivities in Arizona.

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