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Ravens’ Offensive X-Factor: Lee Evans

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, Lee Evans, who was acquired this past offseason from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a fourth-round pick, has been relatively quiet for the most part this season.

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A big part as to why the 30-year-old receiver has been quiet is because he missed seven games earlier this season due to an ankle injury.

To date, Evans has a lackluster four receptions for 74 yards, including two catches for 29 yards since returning against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 20.

But don’t let those numbers fool you.

Evans has the skills to add to those numbers, but how much playing time he gets behind starters Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith could determine how much he can contribute to the passing game.

However, a healthy Evans allows the offense to become a lot more diverse and use a three-receiver set, which could be just what Evans needs to excel.

The biggest challenge for Evans to hurdle, will be earning the trust of quarterback Joe Flacco, who probably feels more comfortable throwing to Boldin and Smith, considering they have the most experience with Flacco.

This Sunday night could be the night Evans breaks out. The last time Evans faced the San Diego Chargers, though it was three years ago, Evans exploded, catching eight passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Look for the Ravens to use Evans to compliment Boldin and Smith, but don’t underestimate the eighth-year veteran, as he could prove to be a very dangerous weapon for Flacco and the Ravens offense come Sunday night.