Lee Evans runs a fade

lee_evans2

On Sunday, one year exactly after the Buffalo Bills traded him to the Baltimore Ravens, the Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran wide receiver Lee Evans. The former Raven was replaced on the Jags’ roster by another former Raven, 6-year vet Demetrius Williams. Maybe the Jaguars simply chose to do the merciful thing and spare Evans the agony of returning to M&T Bank Stadium on August 23 when Jacksonville is scheduled to play the Ravens.

Evans’ rapid descent into the scrap heap of NFL receivers is somewhat surprising.

He’s a decent route runner with above average speed. The Ravens believed that Evans was a good player and that he could be a nice complementary piece to the offense.

Besides being a very capable receiver, Evans was among the most well liked of the Bills in Buffalo. One media member who has covered the Buffalo Bills for years stopped just short of tears describing the quality of Evans’ character.

Good football player.

Good guy.

So what happened?

One team source expressed concerns about Evans when they made the trade yet they followed through still believing the deal made sense.

Did Evans lose his love of the game? To play without passion in a league where competition is fierce is akin to an antelope walking with a limp in the Serengeti. Eventually they’re going to get you.

Survival of the fittest.

Despite the drop in the AFC Championship, many team observers believed that the Ravens should bring Evans back, inspired by his resume and good character. Yet the Ravens took a pass and apparently this time they were right.

When you lose your mojo, you lose your edge and quickly thereafter your game.

Best of luck to you Lee Evans.

Here’s hoping that time can erase your failures during the 2011 season and as time goes on you aren’t viewed as Baltimore’s answer to Bill Buckner.

This entry was posted in Blog View, Lombardi's Way by Tony Lombardi. Bookmark the permalink.

About Tony Lombardi

Tony Lombardi
Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

PRACTICE NOTES: Bynes Released, Webb & J. Smith Return

As the Ravens prepare this week to open the the 2014 NFL season against the Cincinnati Bengals, they do so with all 53 players on the practice field, a good sign everyone is healthy and ready to go. ...read more

ASK THE CAP MAN: What’s the “Rule of 51?”

(1/2) Ravens are currently $8,392,818 under the Salary Cap, but that is Ruleof51 #, which ends at 4:00 tomorrow. After that, they all count— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) September 2, 2014 ...read more

Ravens 2014 TV & Radio Programming

Ravens Wired, presented by Bose ·       Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet ·       Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on MeTV Baltimore (WBAL-TV; second...read more

FANTASY LINKS: Pick Up Taliaferro

15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 1 "We’re back. Fantasy football is back. And that means weekly start-sit decisions, waiver wire adds and emotional ups and downs that you’d only find i...read more

Ravens Predictions For The 2014 Season

Biggest Surprise: To say that the position of cornerback is thin for the Baltimore Ravens is about as insightful as saying ESPN slobbers over Johnny Manziel. Starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb ha...read more

View More