Based solely on stats, Evans bumped his catches and yards, earning 74 receptions and 1,206 yards in 2015 (versus 68 and 1,051 as a rookie). However, his touchdowns plummeted from 12 as a rookie to three as a sophomore.
The main reason most suggest Evans performed better as a rookie was due to the receiver's lack of consistency. The 22-year-old wideout had some monster games, going over 100 yards in five, including contests of 164, 150 and 157 yards. Yet he mostly hovered in the 60-yard range, with three starts in which he earned fewer than 50 yards.
"People would say I had a sophomore slump last year,'' Evans said this week, via the Tampa Tribune. "I guess that's fair. People can say what they want. I increased in some of my numbers, but I wasn't as consistent.''
Many point to drops as the main cause for Evans' troubles. Pro Football Focus charted Evans with 15 drops and the second-highest drop-rate in the NFL. It's notable that several of those took place in one game, in the driving rain versus the Giants. Evans' drop problem last year was a focus issue, not a hands issue.
The expectations after a superb rookie season might have been outsized. Evans said he didn't play with the proper focus, fundamentals or attitude in 2015.
"I mean, I had some decent games (last year), but it was a disappointing season on my end, for sure," Evans said. "Even though I improved in some categories, it was a disappointment.''