In just his first game as a Baltimore Raven, receiver Lee Evans made his presence felt while demonstrating the type of impact he he can have on this offense in 2011.
Evans, 30, began practicing with the team just six days prior to his outbreak against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Wisconsin product had 3 catches for 68 yards, including a 43 yard reception that set up the first team’s only offensive touchdown in two quarters.
In Jamison Hensley’s Baltimore Sun article, this is what Evans had to say about continuing to develop a chemistry with Joe Flacco and the direction of this offense:
“It’s hard to say it’s all the way there because it is not,” Evans said. “To get where we want to go and where we have to be, we still have a long way to go. Like I said, it’s a good step one in the right direction.”
The Ravens have had vertical threats before, but really never incorporated them into the game plan. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco already looks very comfortable with Evans even though the two have had just a week to work with one another. Flacco put great touch on the deep ball he threw, as Evans was ran right under the ball already in great stride.
The big play ability that Lee Evans will provide this offense with will certainly be needed on nights like Friday. Flacco’s performance was very inconsistent and pedestrian-like at best. The 26-year-old was constantly throwing behind his receivers and appeared to be scrambling for his life in the pocket.
For his career, Evans has had just one season in which he has failed to average at least 15.6 yards per catch, which came back in 2009.