Tag:Lee Evans
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:24 pm
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Report: Bills willing to trade WR Lee Evans

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Buffalo Bills selected Lee Evans with the 13th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He's been a deep threat his entire career, even if the Bills weren't able to actually find a quarterback who could consistently get him the ball. Still, in seven seasons, Lee has 377 receptions for 5,934 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and 43 touchdowns.

And now, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills are willing to trade Evans. No word yet on which teams might be interested in his services but you'd expect the Ravens to be at the top of the list.

Baltimore, who currently have Anquan Boldin and rookie Torrey Smith atop the depth chart, lost out on Malcom Floyd last week when he signed with the Chargers. And Jerricho Cotchery paid the team a visit but was never offered a contract, perhaps because he had offseason back surgery (that said, Cotchery eventually signed with the Steelers, a team with much more depth at wide receiver). Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, both go-to guys for Flacco during the first three years of his career, are now with the Jets and Cardinals, respectively.

Evans would add an experienced down-the-field threat the Ravens so desperately need. Earlier Thursday the Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley wrote that "the Ravens have never ruled out a trade (for Evans) but I would be surprised if it happened based on the team's increasing confidence in rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss and its history."

Hensley added: "In their 16-year existence, the Ravens have made 17 player trades. Only three times did it involve a receiver (the attempted acquisition of Terrell Owens in 2004, the draft-day trade for Kevin Johnson in 2004 and the trade for Anquan Boldin in March 2010)."

Other possible suitors: the Miami Dolphins, and the Arizona Cardinals.

Evans makes a lot of sense in Arizona, where he'd line up opposite Larry Fitzgerald, and for the first time in his career wouldn't be the focal point of the passing game. (If that's what you want to call JP Losman and Trent Edwards short-hopping throws in Lee's general direction a "passing game.")

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:10 am
 

Hot Routes 12.15.10: McNabb booed at Wizards game

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the Wizards and the Lakers played at the Verizon Center in D.C. on Tuesday. Donovan McNabb, the quarterback (OR PERHAPS NOT!) for the Washington Redskins, decided to attend. And, apparently, he was booed. That's according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post ... well, actually it's according to tons of people who were at the game. In particular, Jack Kogod (a.k.a. Unsilent Majority) noted this morning that the boo:cheer ratio was probably "60-40" and Mike Prada of SBN had it at "50-50." However much booing exactly occurred, the point remains that people in Washington are already sick of McNabb and the dysfunctional Redskins. So that honeymoon lasted a long time.
  • DeSean Jackson was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. That's pretty good timing considering he wants a new contract. (Malcolm Jenkins, by the way, won the Defensive award.)
Posted on: December 14, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Tuesday's key injury news and transactions

Posted by Andy Benoit

We’ll pass along some injury news from a few teams that are essentially out of the playoff picture:

**Titans center Eugene Amano has been placed on IR due to ongoing neck stingers. Amano, who signed a long-term contract in the offseason and had been up and down after moving from guard to center, will be replaced by Fernando Velasco, a 25-year-old former practice squad player.

**The Dolphins put right tackle Vernon Carey on IR. Carey had been battling a knee. This move opened up a roster spot for wide receiver Kevin Curtis. It is believed that untested Lydon Murtha will get a crack at replacing Carey.

**The Bills will likely be without receiver Lee Evans the rest of the way. The seventh-year pro is expected to miss action for the first time in his career with an ankle injury. Evans is facing at least two weeks.

**And, in one final tidbit that involves a team still very much IN the playoff race, the Eagles will replace injured defensive end Brandon Graham with veteran Derrick Burgess. Burgess was a phenomenal backside run-defender and pass-rusher during his first stint with the Eagles, though he recently flamed out as a Patriot.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 8:52 am
 

Cromartie, Revis make tough CB combo

A. Cromartie has played extremely well in the absence of R. Moss (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been plenty of talk during the past day or so about how the Jets will match up CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Green Bay’s WR corps. Considering Revis says he’s 100 percent healthy now, he’s set to be that quote-unquote No. 1 receiver.

Except that Antonio Cromartie has performed quite well in Revis’ absence and maybe isn’t willing to give up that cherished role (let’s face it, he will, because Revis is one of the top-two CBs in the game, but he wouldn’t necessarily have to, because he’s played so well).

Look at this list drawn up by the Newark Star-Ledger of the top receivers Cromartie has shut down while Revis has dealt with his hamstring injury.

Since Cromartie has been in that No. 1 role, he’s covered New England’s Randy Moss (after Revis had to leave the game at halftime because of his hamstring), Miami’s Brandon Marshall, Buffalo’s Lee Evans, Moss again (with the Vikings) and Denver’s Brandon Lloyd.

With Cromartie matched up against that WR quartet, the Jets CB has been pretty close to outstanding. The WRs are being targeted an average of 2.2 times per quarter for 1.4 catches and 18 yards. If you throw out the first time he met with Moss – simply to round off the statistics a little better – the opponent’s No. 1 WR is targeted nine times per game with 3.5 catches for 63.5 yards with only one touchdown in those four contests.

Aside from Marshall (eight catches, 148 yards), Cromartie has just about shut down the competition.

So, what will New York do now?

“We can do whatever we want,” coach Rex Ryan said. “We can play right and left. We can match Darrelle on the top guy. We can match Cromartie on the top guy. We’ll let (the Packers) try to figure it out.”

Except that there's no mystery in saying this: Cromartie has proven now he's now legimately a No. 1 guy too.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:27 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.25.10 Week 7 box score tidbits

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Yet another story lost in the Favre hoopla Sunday night: the Vikings finished with 196 yards rushing that game.

Randy Moss had just three catches Sunday, which was three more than Donald Driver. Driver’s streak of 133-straight games with a reception is over. (For what it’s worth, Drive was playing with a bum quad.)

Carson Palmer lost Sunday, but we’re guessing that his fantasy owners won. Palmer’s final numbers: 36/50 for 412 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. C. Palmer (US Presswire)

Jordan Shipley, in his first game back since suffering a concussion after T.J. Ward’s vicious and dirty hit, caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

John Abraham caused some problems for the Bengals. It wasn’t an utterly dominant performance, but Abraham recorded two sacks Sunday and consistently pushed the pocket.

The Bears were just 2/10 on third down against the Redskins. That means they had three times as many turnovers as third down conversions.

Ryan Torain ripped off 125 yards on 21 carries. The Bears were playing without injured outside linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle).

Bears guard Chris Williams finally got off the snide, catching his first pass of the season for a gain of four yards. (Without seeing the play, the guess here is that the ball was either tipped, or Cutler was remarkably errant on an attempted smoke screen to DeAngelo Hall.)

Albert Haynesworth was a menace for most of the afternoon. He finished with a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The Titans won despite getting just 66 yards out of Chris Johnson’s 24 rushing attempts.

Jeremy Maclin was targeted 14 times but finished with just five catches for 42 yards.

The Chiefs gashed the Jaguars for 236 yards on the ground. At one point, Thomas Jones ripped off a 70-yard run and Jamaal Charles came in and punched in the goal-line score.

Dwayne Bowe scored two touchdowns for a second week in a row.

For the Jaguars, some guy named Courtney Greene started at safety and led the team with 12 tackles. (Because Greene started at safety, we’ll assume this means he’s about to be cut.)

It took Big Ben all of two games to get back into 300-yard passing form. Roethlisberger threw for 302 yards against the Dolphins.

The Steelers held Ronnie Brown to 14 yards on nine carries.

The official box score lists the Steelers have having four fumbles, with two lost and one recovered. That leaves one fumble unaccounted for. Does anyone, by chance, know what happened there?

Colt McCoy won his second start as a pro, but he contributed only 74 yards through the air in doing so.

Peyton Hillis rushed for 69 yards, which was enough by one yards to beat out punter Reggie Hodges to be the Browns’ leading rusher Sunday.

Saints safety Darren Sharper had two tackles in his first action of the season.


Scott Fujita returned to New Orleans and posted 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, an interception and a pass deflection.

The Rams scored 17 points in the second quarter at Tampa but zero in the other three quarters.

LeGarrette Blount headlined the Bucs backfield with 11 carries for 72 yards. Cadillac Williams, who caught Josh Freeman’s winning touchdown pass, had just 12 yards on four carries.

Matt Moore was 28/41 for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (which, granted, was an ugly one returned by Ray McDonald for six points). All in all, that’s a mountain-moving quarterbacking performance for the Panthers.

Steve Smith had four catches for 50 yards in his first game back from an ankle injury (which he tweaked in the third quarter, by the way), but it was David Gettis who wore the receiver hat for the Panthers. The sixth-round rookie had eight receptions, 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe Flacco was just 16/31 against the Bills, but he did throw three touchdowns and no interceptions. None of those TD’s went to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The former Pro Bowler was targeted just twice and finished with no catches.

Steve Johnson and Lee Evans both went over 100 yards for the Bills.

Ray Lewis: 15 tackles, one sack, one huge fumble force and recovery.

Max Hall and Derek Anderson combined for 12/33 passing

The Cardinals lost four fumbles at Seattle.

The Raiders pretty much embarrassed the Broncos in every statistical way imaginable.

Four the Patriots 15 first downs Sunday were a result of a Chargers penalty.

San Diego rushed for a measly 38 yards on 19 attempts.

Journeyman Antwan Barnes posted two tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Chargers.


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Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Darrelle Revis: 'I'm not going to play this week'

Posted by Will Brinson

Darrelle Revis has been somewhat of a disappointment in 2010, having spent the entire offseason holding out and most of the regular season injured after securing a new contract. That trend will continue on Sunday, as Revis told reporters today that he'll miss the Jets' matchup against the Bills.

"I'm not going to play this week," Revis said, according to Rich Cimini on Twitter , mentioning that the hamstring is "worse than he originally thought."

"I'm taking my time, it's day to day, and hopefully I can be back as soon as possible," Revis also said, according to Jenny Vrentas .

Revis also said that the hamstring is "worse than he originally thought" and that he resumed running today at half speed.

The good news for the Jets is that they don't really need Revis against a Bills team that's just not good. Kyle Wilson has been torched repeatedly, but he's (most likely) getting moved to nickleback, with Drew Coleman stepping in opposite of Antonio Cromartie.

Because stopping the Bills passing game only requires shutting down Lee Evans, it shouldn't be a tremendous issue to lose Revis for the week. In fact, allowing him to rest and still moving to 3-0 against the division (and 3-1 overall) is the best possible scenario for Ryan's crew.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:32 am
 

Hot Routes 9.24.10: Where Randy Moss is perfect

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • So, you probably remember Randy Moss' one-handed catch from last week against the Jets. Well, it was so good that the folks at EA Sports decided to bump his "spectacular catch" rating on Madden up from a 99 to a 100. This is the first time anyone's had a 100-rating in two years and previously Reggie Bush (agility), Tom Brady (awareness), Peyton Manning (awareness), Sebastian Janikowski (kick power) and Braylon Edwards (spectacular catch) also received the "honor, according to Kotaku . I have a little beef with the Braylon thing, especially since he apparently had a 99 rating for the same thing this year, meaning there's a 100 percent chance that Donny Moore, ratings czar, is a Michigan grad. No other way to explain it.
  • Poor Lee Evans. He's "loyal to the Buffalo Bills, almost to a fault ." If you're gonna be that loyal to something, make it be something good that doesn't hurt you so much. Like coffee, or heroin or something. 
  • Pretty good stat here from Blogging the Boys : the Cowboys are 22-1 since leading at half over the last three seasons. The logic behind them stinking when they're behind is that Jason Garrett turns into someone with an Xbox controller who can't remember to balance the run and the pass when he's losing.
  • Our buddy Joel Thorman predicts that Jamaal Charles will come out of the San Fran game with more carriest than Thomas Jones. The logic here is that against a weaker Browns defense, it makes sense to pound the ball straight in their freaking faces with Jones. Against the Niners though, Charles might be the better play.
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:52 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest sticking point in the whole "where will Vincent Jackson play, if at all, this season?" situation is money. That's not surprising, because typically when NFL players aren't showing up to camp, that's why. Jackson appeared with Jason LaCanfora on an NFL Network interview last night and discussed his plans for the 2010 season, saying he would "absolutely" sit out the entire year .

The problem with Jackson's plans, in so far as everyone has understood it, is that he wants $50 million over five years and no one -- or, at least the Vikings and Seahawks, the only two teams who have supposedly inquired as to his price tag -- wants to pay it.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did something smart Saturday morning, though: he called Neil Schwartz and asked him about the deets on Jackson's demands. Turns out there's a little more than meets the eye.

"There's no truth to the report that we asked for $50 million over five years and $30 million guaranteed," Schwartz told PFT by phone this morning. "We only talked concepts with the Seahawks, and I specifically mentioned players like [Cowboys receiver] Roy Williams, [Bills receiver] Lee Evans, [Falcons receiver] Roddy White, who we represent, [Dolphins receiver] Brandon Marshall, and [Cardinals receiver] Larry Fitzgerald. No numbers were mentioned."

Now, it's really impossible to know if Schwartz is 100 percent telling the truth; someone told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson wanted $10 million a year (which, yes, as we've previously established, is way too much for a guy with off-field issues and potential baggage to demand).

But, as Florio notes, it's entirely possible that it was the Chargers who told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson's camp was looking for such a big contract. The logic there is that a) Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the one reporting the number, and his sources clearly lie more closely with one side than the other, and b) Schwartz never got permission to speak with the Vikings -- for Minny to find out that Jackson was "too expensive" for them, the information would have most likely come from the Chargers.

The long and short of this is that as much as Jackson may say he's willing to be a Charger this year, there's enough tension/anger/etc between the two sides that things might be irreconcilable.

That's why we're getting numerous PR-looking statements and interviews and actions from both sides. What would be nice is to see a team -- the Rams, perhaps? -- step up, make the Chargers an offer and then hammer out some kind of deal with Jackson. Of course, the fact that whoever is looking to acquire the disgruntled wideout has to negotiate with multiple sides only makes this harder to sift through.

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