Their roles are reversed -- Lofton arrived late in his career as the deep threat to supplement the young Reed -- but the trouble Owens and Evans can cause for opposing defenses could be similar.
Owens and Evans have been two of the NFL's three best receivers when it comes to touchdowns of 30 yards or longer. Owens leads the way with 15, while Evans is tied with three others for third with 10.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to have a threat on the other side," Owens said Saturday night at his introductory news conference in Orchard Park, N.Y. "I'm sure he'll be excited as well.
"That's what we tried to do in Dallas in bringing Roy [Williams] there. For whatever reason, he came midway during the season, but that didn't work out. That doesn't bother me. I feel like my play kind of speaks for itself.
"If the opportunity kind of presents itself, I make those plays, we make things happen, and as I know, and as everyone knows, Lee's been doing that since he's been here. I think we'll complement each other very, very well."
Evans is considered by many to be among the league's best receivers. The Bills certainly thought he was elite enough to give him a four-year extension worth $37.25 million.
But Evans' stats don't reflect marquee status. He has been easy to contain without another formidable target on the field.
He has eclipsed 1,000 yards only twice in his five seasons. He scored nine touchdowns as a rookie and seven as a sophomore during Eric Moulds' last two seasons with Buffalo. But Evans has scored a combined five touchdowns his past two seasons.