Tom Brady Sounds off on Mike Evans Bounce Back from Knee Injury

Mike Evans

Getty Mike Evans celebrates after making a catch for the Buccaneers in his return from a knee injury.

Tom Brady found a deadly target in Mike Evans just coming off a knee injury and only expecting to be 70-80 percent as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers captured their first playoff win in almost 20 years.

Evans shined in his return from injury with a team high 119 receiving yards on six catches in  31-23 Wild Card victory on Saturday night. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver impressed Brady for his toughness in the process per WSTP’s Grace Remington via Twitter.

Evans posted the team’s second-longest catch of the night of 35 yards. He also caught a 19-yard pass on that set up the Bucs’ last touchdown for a 28-16 lead.

Tight end Cameron Brate, who caught the touchdown on the next play, said Evans’ competitiveness shines through per’s Scott Smith.

Evans injured his knee while going for a touchdown grab in Week 17 against Atlanta and slipped on the turf in the end zone, hyper-extending his knee. His MRI showed no structural damage in his knee, but the Bucs kept him a game-time decision. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians anticipated Evans being at partial strength all week, but Evans’ performance at Washington didn’t surprise him, he alluded to according to’s Carmen Vitali.

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