Evans to Baltimore for a 4th Rounder

Updated: August 12, 2011

Per Adam Schefter, Lee Evans has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a fourth round pick.

Our immediate analysis is that this won’t be as big of a blow to the team as most Bills fans think.

Steve Johnson in particular performed well last year without Evans. In the 3 games without Evans, Steve averaged 5.3 catches for 66.3 yards. Over a season, that works out to 1061 yards on 85 catches, which is almost exactly what he had for the year. So the idea that Johnson’s going to have a much tougher time without Evans is a theory without much basis in fact.

Furthermore, Evans’ absence gave opportunity for UDFA’s like Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt to prove themselves, which they both did. Their experience will prove vital in replacing the departed speedster.

Still, Evans was the only consistent deep threat, so the team will have to make an effort to fill that void. Parrish has the speed, but has never been reliable as a deep threat, and generally works out of the slot. Other options include Marcus Easley and Buster Davis who are both very fast with good size, yet neither have proven anything in the league.