Jacksonville Jaguars: Why Signing Lee Evans Is Good, but Not Great

Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIApril 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25:  Wide receiver Lee Evans #83 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first half of a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It was reported earlier today that former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans has signed a one-year deal to suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

Evans will join a receiving corps that recently added former Dallas Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson.

The Jaguars have long needed help at the wide receiver position and signing Evans can help toward that, but it will not completely solve the problem. As a matter of fact, neither will Robinson.

Robinson, at least, had a productive season in 2011. He came in when Miles Austin was repeatedly hurt and caught 54 passes for 858 yards, and 11 touchdowns—better than anything the Jaguars had at the receiver spot last season.

But I am not so naive to think Robinson is going to come in and blow the top off defenses and be a legit No. 1 option. He hasn't shown that to this point. Time will tell on that I guess.

Evans on the other hand, does not make as much sense.

He was oft-injured for the Ravens and gave little to nothing when he did play. He played in only nine games in 2011, caught a mere four passes for 74 yards. In two playoff games, he caught four more passes for 69 yards, but dropped a sure touchdown in the AFC Championship Game. Whether it was Sterling Moore breaking up the pass or not, Evans should have caught that pass, which would have given the Ravens the lead late in the AFC Championship Game.

I will applaud the Jaguars for at least going out and trying to solve a problem that has been a thorn in the franchise's side for years.

Also, Evans and Robinson are two names that are at least recognizable by football fans, unlike Jason Hill for example.

Evans had some solid years in Buffalo and was mostly a victim of poor quarterback play from the likes of Trent Edwards and J.P. Losman.

But last season, with a solid quarterback in Joe Flacco, was very telling about where Evans is at this point of his career.

Was it the injuries? Maybe. But let me be the first to say that Evans will not solve all of the problems the Jaguars have at receiver.

Will he be a solid option for quarterback Blaine Gabbert? Hopefully. But do not expect Evans to start lighting up defenses like he showed he was capable of doing in Buffalo.

Once again only time will tell I guess.