Evans Brings Ravens New Deep Threat

It looked like Lee Evans and Joe Flacco didn’t have any trouble getting on the same page Saturday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Categories: 2011 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

A new No. 85 was running routes for the Ravens in Saturday’s training camp practice, as longtime Buffalo Bills wideout Lee Evans caught passes from quarterback Joe Flacco in Derrick Mason’s familiar jersey.

And while he is still deciding if he wants to broker a deal with Ed Dickson for his regular No. 83, Evans said he felt comfortable despite the unfamiliar surroundings.

“They said we were going to have you out at practice so, I just suited up,” said Evans. “Some of the terms are familiar, but some aren’t. Joe Flacco did a great job of trying to keep me in the loop with what is going on so I didn’t mess up too much. It was kind of a whirlwind. I just wanted to come out here and get acclimated to how they do things here.”

Evans’ arrival gives the Ravens one of the most consistent deep threats in the NFL to complement a receiving corps headed by Anquan Boldin.

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Evans’ 15.7-yards per catch average is 12th in the league since he was a first-round draft pick in 2004. And even though he is entering his eighth season, the Wisconsin product still has the wheels the Ravens need to blow the top off a defense.

“He was quick today. Fast, quick and he made some plays,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “Him and Joe and Anquan were all talking together getting routes right, but he didn’t miss a beat. He acted like he knew exactly what we were doing and he had only been in the meetings for about 10 minutes.

“It’s not like he knew any of the plays – it was just kind of backyard communication— so that’s a credit to him. It’s also a credit to the guys who were telling him what to do, so that’s a positive.”

Evans, who logged 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns last year, said he is excited about pairing with Boldin, who is known more for his strength and physicality in traffic.

He also figures to draw double teams away from Boldin.

Obviously, one of my biggest attributes is speed so, being able to get down the field and stretch the defense,” Evans noted. “‘Q’ is as dynamic as they come so, open some things up for him and let him control it.”

The Ravens send an undisclosed 2012 draft pick to Buffalo for Evans (which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported to be a fourth-rounder), and he will also allow the club to buy some time as 2011 draftees Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss develop.

Evans said that he wasn’t surprised about the trade considering the Bills had a host of young wideouts and had recently brought in a new head coach in Chan Gailey and new general manager in Buddy Nix.

“You never know when they bring in a new regime of coaches and GMs [general managers], what their mindset is going to be,” Evans said. “You understand what the risks are with that and you just have to go with it.”
Now, Evans is looking forward to the opportunity to go to the playoffs, something he never did in Buffalo.

The Ravens have participated in the postseason in each of the last three years under Harbaugh.

“I have been in the league for eight years now and I haven’t been there yet,” said Evans. “Coming to a franchise like this, I was excited about it and as fired up as I could be. I just want to do anything I can to do my part to help them get there.”

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