Life after Evans: Buster Davis & Marcus Easley

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Updated: August 12, 2011
Buster Davis

I understand most of Bills Nation is upset after the recent news of Lee Evans going to Baltimore for a 4th round pick. Yes, our team could be worse right now because of this deal. However, there are a few things to take from this:

  1. Was Lee Evans worth the money we were paying him?
  2. Are we saving this money extending other players? (Johnson, Williams, Fitzpatrick, Wood, and Levitre)
  3. Do we like what we see from the receiving core so much that they can easily replace Evans? (Nelson, Roosevelt, Jones, Davis, Easley)
  4. Even when healthy, did Lee Evans produce in Chan Gailey’s offense?
  5. Do you honestly believe Fitz didn’t endorse this deal after building rapport with other players?

Now most fans don’t get around to evaluating these items. We just believe that Ralph should spend money to keep players who might not be producing in our offense. Instead, Buddy decided to grab value for Evans while having faith in the potential of two very talented prospects.

First up is free agent Craig “Buster” Davis.  I would get used to the name. Buster made 6 catches in practice on Wednesday while being the focal point of our offense. At only 25 years old, Buster has 4 years of experience under his belt. Although he is the James Hardy of the San Diego chargers, I don’t believe he fit their style of offense. He is a quick receiver that looks for short slants and Stevie Johnson type of receptions. I look forward to these two complementing each other very nicely. Don’t forget, he has 4.4 speed, is 6’1″, and is through and through a first round talent  (I might have been the only person that actually liked this pick up, because I love taking a chance on former first round picks that are still young).

Marcus Easley might also be the long term solution, once healthy. Marcus is a burner and a big tall receiver with speed. His maximum potential is actually higher than Lee Evans’ was. Easley’s first NFL game Saturday night will be critical in determining whether or not he has a chance to play outside opposite of Stevie Johnson this year.

I believe wholeheartedly that Wide Receiver is our strongest group, and I am still standing by my position. That being said, here is my depth chart prediction.

Sniper’s prediction:

  1. Stevie Johnson
  2. Buster Davis
  3. Roscoe Parrish
  4. David Nelson
  5. Marcus Easley
  6. Naaman Roosevelt