Tallying 34 receptions for 506 yards and four touchdowns through 11 games is not exactly stellar for the $8 million man, Lee Evans. Especially when the guy on the other side of him has almost double his amount in every statistical category.
Okay, that's a stretch.
Stevie Johnson only has 59 receptions for 796 yards and nine touchdowns. Johnson claims the only reason his numbers are what they are if because of No. 83.
Let's examine this.
Although Evans does draw a consistent double-team, he does not make the big plays that some receivers like Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald seem to make. All those the receivers consistently draw double-teams, and they still put up the numbers.
Maybe Chan Gailey is happy with what Lee Evans is doing for this football team, but the way Ryan Fitzpatrick puts it is pretty blunt—they like Steve Johnson as their playmaking receiver.
So what happened to Lee Evans, anyway?
I think there is a sense that he may be hitting a wall. Maybe not yet, but soon.
The Western New York media asked why Chan Gailey felt the Bills should move on from Terrell Owens before playing the Cincinnati Bengals, and that was Gailey's response—we feel like he is hitting a wall.
Obviously, he was wrong, but they could feel like Evans' time is coming to a close here in Buffalo.
Marcus Easley, the only receiver the Bills drafted in 2010, is supposedly the future. The Bills might have traded Evans had Easley not landed on injured reserve.
Outside of that, they have some guys they want to develop in Donald Jones, David Nelson and Naaman Roosevelt. It would be hard to see Buffalo keeping six receivers next year.
Maybe they do, maybe they don't.
They certainly won't keep seven, and that's what it's looking like after Marcus Easley and Roscoe Parrish come back from their respective injuries.
Lee Evans is the oldest, highest-paid receiver on the team. He is also the only receiver that could get them a draft pick. Well, Steve Johnson could as well, but they won't be moving him any time soon. Evans' contract comes back down to an affordable $4 million next year, which makes it look like he's out the door after this year.
Fourth-round pick anyone?