Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Bills lose Lee Evans for last three games
Another disappointing Lee Evans season has come to an end.
The Buffalo Bills placed their highly paid receiver on injured reserve Tuesday. Evans hurts his ankle in Sunday's victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The Bills also placed tight end Shawn Nelson on the non-football injury list because of recurring migraines and signed offensive linemen Colin Brown and Erik Pears.
Evans' average salary ranks 12th in the league at $8.25 million a year. Yet he hasn't made the impact he and the Bills expected when they drafted him 13th overall in 2004.
"Absolutely, I have something to prove," Evans told me during June workouts at One Bills Drive. "The reality of it is, I haven't done anything yet."
Evans caught 37 passes (29 fewer than team leader Stevie Johnson) for 578 yards and four touchdowns.
Evans' time in Buffalo can't be viewed as a success by victories or statistics. That's not necessarily his fault. He has played in weak offensive systems with a carousel of starting quarterbacks and coordinators over the past seven years.
The Bills rank 26th in total offense this year, one of their highest rankings since Evans joined them. In his first six seasons, Buffalo's offense has ranked 25th, 28th, 30th, 30th, 25th and 30th.
Buffalo's receivers for the past three games, including Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, will be a collection that went into the season with a dozen career catches: Johnson (a 2008 seventh-round draft choice), David Nelson (an undrafted rookie), Donald Jones (an undrafted rookie) and Naaman Roosevelt (an undrafted rookie promoted from the practice squad last month).
The Bills lost slot receiver Roscoe Parrish to a wrist injury in Week 9.