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Observation deck: Evans stepping up in class

Lee Evans is working hard and is close to becoming one of the best wide receivers in the game, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: August 16, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A few observations gleaned from a visit to the Buffalo Bills training camp on Wednesday:

1. Taking the next step
In his fourth year, Lee Evans wants to establish himself as one of the NFL's top wide receivers after a breakout 2006 season (82 receptions, 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns). Don't bet against that happening, either. Evans already has the speed to intimidate defensive backs, and his chemistry with quarterback J.P. Losman is obvious. Last season, Evans was one of only two receivers in the league with three touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more (Cincinnati's Chad Johnson was the other).

Still, Evans doesn't want to be known just as a big-play, deep threat. "I'm trying to be as diverse a receiver as I can be," he said. "If I get caught up in just being a guy who lines up outside, then defenses can take me away. I'm trying to become more consistent as a route runner, and I also want to start going over the middle more to make the tough catch. I just want to become a complete receiver."

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