Baltimore Ravens Acquire Lee Evans
Ever since he was drafted 13th overall in 2004, Lee Evans has been stuck on the Buffalo Bills. It is absolutely miserable to be on the Bills for quite a few reasons. First of all, they are just flat out bad, I can’t even remember the last time they were relevant. In addition to being bad, they have to play both the Patriots and the Jets twice every year so that’s virtually four automatic losses before the season even starts. Lastly, you’re in Buffalo where it’s cold, snowy, and miserable almost as soon as the NFL season kicks off.
Luckily for Evans, he was dealt to the Baltimore Ravens for a 4th round pick in 2012. After releasing Todd Heap and Derrick Mason this offseason, the Ravens became one of the worst receiving teams in the NFL. Evans will be able to step in right away and make an impact lining up on the opposite side of Anquan Boldin.
With a 4.39 40 time and tremendous hands, Evans will allow Joe Flacco to use that big arm of his. This may seem like a drastic comparison, but look for Evans role with the Ravens to be similar to Mike Wallace’s role with the Steelers. Teams will no longer be able to put eight defenders in the box to stop Ray Rice with the Boldin-Evans tandem on the outside.
I now expect the Ravens to make the playoffs this year and advance to AFC Conference Championship (where they will ultimately lose to the Patriots), but I’ll make all of my predictions later on. Also, if you haven’t had your fantasy draft yet, grab Evans in one of the later rounds and look for him to have a breakout year.