NFL Reactions: Week 17

NFL Reactions: Week 17

This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.

-Mike Evans left Sunday's win over the Falcons with a knee injury that caused a fair amount of concern, but after the game Bruce Arians said that the Buccaneers have reason to believe the injury is not serious. Antonio Brown (11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 14 targets) and Chris Godwin (five catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets) both kicked it into high gear in Evans' absence, and they might need to keep it going if Evans can't play against Washington in the wildcard round. Ronald Jones notably reclaimed the lead role in the Tampa Bay backfield, taking 12 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown compared to just five carries for 13 yards for Leonard Fournette.

-Russell Gage arguably had his most productive day as a pro against the Buccaneers, catching nine of 11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown on a day where Calvin Ridley struggled to the result of eight catches for 52 yards on 12 targets. With one year left on his very cheap contract, Gage is a good bet to remain Atlanta's main slot receiver in three-wide sets in 2021.

-Justin Jefferson caught nine of 12 targets for 133 yards against the Lions, breaking the rookie receiving yardage record previously set by Anquan Boldin. Jefferson accumulated 1,400 yards on just 125 targets – his catch rate of 70.4 percent at 11.2 yards per target is truly remarkable, and he doesn't turn 22 until

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