Over the weekend, unfortunately I have not had the proper time frame I would’ve liked to be able to sit down and give the Lee Evans to Baltimore trade the proper time and effort in a piece it deserves. So, yes I know I’m a little late but I wanted to get my final thoughts together and get them out there.
1. Let me start with Lee Evans, since he spent the first seven years of his career in Buffalo it’s logically a damn good place for me to begin. He was, and remains a true professional. Evans spent seven years in Buffalo, and let’s be truthful they were seven long years. The most success the Wisconsin product endured was his rookie season in 2004 when the Bills went 9-7, and should have made the playoffs if not for the still unexplainable season finale loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ B-team. Since ’04, the Bills’ win totals per season went 5, 7, 7, 7, 6, and 4. But through all the losing, the constant turnover from the coaching staff to the front office and the unsuccessful search for a franchise quarterback, you never heard a negative remark made by Evans. He strapped on his helmet every Sunday and always gave you his best regarding the circumstances. He never squabbled with teammates or coaches, never called out the Bills’ publicly in the media.
2. When I think of Evans, he’ll always be the “What-if” player to me, as in what if he actually got a chance to play with a star quarterback? How truly talented a receiver could he have been playing with a Tom Brady, or a Drew Brees or a Peyton Manning? Evans never had the distinction of playing with an elite signal caller, and Bills never came up in short supply of mediocrity under center. In seven years, Evans played with six QBs: Drew Bledsoe, Kelly Holcomb, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.
3. Which leads me into Evans’ career numbers with Buffalo: he ranks fourth all-time in receptions (377), third in all-time receiving yards (5, 934) and third all-time in touchdown receptions (43). Those numbers alone, combined with the him playing with those previous six QBs mentioned, it’s amazing he exits Buffalo ranking as high as he does on the Bills’ all-time receiving list.
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