It has been confirmed by a league source that the Jags and wide receiver Lee Evans have reached a deal for a one year contract to play in Jacksonville. Evans played under Mike Mularkey during his head coaching stint in Buffalo.
Evans, perhaps now most known for his drop that would have brought the Ravens to the Superbowl this past season, has been consistent receiver during his time with the Bills (’04-’10). He has had two 1,000 yard seasons in his eight years in the league and has racked up a total of 43 touchdowns (none of which came in 2011 when he was with the Ravens).
While Evans won’t be the biggest threat for the Jags at only 5’10″ and 202 pounds, he does bring much needed experience to a Jacksonville squad that desperately needs guidance. Evans’ mediocre numbers over his career don’t reflect the crisp route running and strong play he has been known for in the past.
That said, even his mediocre numbers are better than almost every receiver the Jags have had on their roster last year and so far this year.
While he isn’t going to be the game changing wide receiver the Jags may have wanted to acquire during free agency, Evans presents a solid target for Gabbert to throw to and experienced hands to help mentor the young the receivers the Jaguars have and for Gabbert to rely on (if need be).
Now we just need to find a way for him to haul in more than four catches this year…
- Luke N. Sims