Bills wide receiver Lee Evans has been productive from the time he was a first-round rookie in 2004, but the last minute offensive changes in 2009 on Buffalo’s offensive line and at offensive coordinator along with the switches at quarterback were too much for the team’s number one receiver to overcome.
Last season though Evans was able to post the second best single-season touchdown total of his career with seven, his receptions and receiving yards in 2009 were both career lows. The Bills will need significantly more production from Evans in 2010 if they are to go anywhere this season.
But with receiver being a position that’s so dependent upon the other working parts of an offense, can Evans’ numbers effectively rebound this fall?
For the first time since Mike Mularkey was Buffalo’s head coach, there’s a sideline boss with a proven offensive background. Chan Gailey’s offenses have a history of piling up yards and consistently producing points, even without a premier proven talent at quarterback.
Based on what Evans has witnessed and executed through the spring practices he believes Gailey’s offensive system and astute play calling acumen will help him succeed on the field.
“I’ve pretty much got a good grasp of the offense, understanding it, understanding what he’s trying to get accomplished,” said Evans. “I feel confident in it.”
Evans is ranked 53rd on 4for4.com's WR rankings. He's got an ADP of the 12th round. Obviously you can't have high expectations for Evans coming in this year, but with that ADP, it may be worth taking a chance on him that late in the draft. Every year, WR is a position you're seeking on the waiver wire, but if you can get a few weeks out of him it may be worth it.