Mike Evans has spent the last three months journeying all over NFL playing fields. This Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect him to have a very specific traveling companion.
With 916 yards on 65 receptions so far this season, Evans is the NFL's third-leading receiver. He's the only player in the league with at least 50 receiving yards in every game, and he has more than double the yards of Tampa Bay's next leading receiver. That sounds like a job for Richard Sherman.
The Seattle Seahawks will bring the NFL's top scoring defense to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, and a star-studded secondary led by Sherman, the outspoken playmaking cornerback. Tampa Bay Head Coach Dirk Koetter said on Wednesday that he expects Sherman to shadow Evans wherever the Bucs put him in their formation. The Seahawks' approach when the Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones (the NFL's leading receiver) visited Seattle in October serves as a likely blueprint.
"They played Atlanta earlier, so we got a pretty good picture of it with Sherman and Julio," said Koetter. "It was earlier in the year; it was at their place. He matched him and it was a good battle all day. They put the safety over there to help him a little bit. It's no big secret – in critical situations teams are looking for their number-one guy. We're no different than Atlanta or anybody else."