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Lee Evans catches on with the Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens' Evans has the ball stripped from him by New England Patriots' Moore in the end zone during the fourth quarter of the NFL's AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

Receiver Lee Evans, a former No. 1 wideout in Buffalo who is at least for now best known for failing to make what would have been an AFC title-winning touchdown reception in January, will continue his career in Jacksonville.

Evans will sign with the Jaguars on Monday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

In Jacksonville, Evans joins a depth chart that includes Laurent Robinson, Mike Thomas, Brian Robiskie, and Taylor Price.

Traded last August to Baltimore for a fourth-round pick, Evans appeared in a career-low nine regular-season games, due to a chronic foot/ankle problem.  The eighth-year veteran finished with 74 yards on four receptions, 33 catches fewer than his previous low-water mark.

Evans nearly matched his regular-season total in two 2011 playoff games, with 69 yards on four catches.

But it was the one that got away that will haunt him as much if not more than Billy Cundiff’s shanks-for-nuttin‘ that would have forced overtime against the Patriots in Foxboro.  If Evans had secured the ball and/or gotten his second foot down more quickly, the Ravens would have faced the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

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50 Responses to “Lee Evans catches on with the Jaguars”
  1. jeremywflores says: Apr 15, 2012 1:23 PM

    Free agent signing of the year right here!

  2. yelix says: Apr 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    Evans makes that catch, Flacco is hailed as being clutch for driving them down the field and winning the game.

    Evans drops it, and Steelers fans still won’t shut up about how Flacco is the worst quarterback in the history of professional football, or something.

  3. mortimeryoung says: Apr 15, 2012 1:29 PM

    Hey, the Jags also have Cecil Shorts on the roster. Don’t short Cecil Shorts!

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 15, 2012 1:31 PM

    Hope he likes running 5 yard out routes or run blocking for MJD, pretty much sums up the jags offense

  5. ttothaj says: Apr 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    “catches”… heh…

  6. talkintrashallday says: Apr 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    At least he doesn’t have to worry about ruining the Jags SuperBowl hopes….they don’t have any in the 1st place lol

  7. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 15, 2012 1:43 PM

    Hope this guy makes a difference – our WR corps needs AID son

  8. empireredd says: Apr 15, 2012 1:48 PM

    Buffalo south

  9. vikingsinla says: Apr 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    Wait a sec…he was injured most of last season, and the Vikings didn’t even TRY to sign him? I call shens.

  10. rickastleydancemoves says: Apr 15, 2012 1:58 PM

    This the last we’ll hear of lee evans

  11. whacko4flacco says: Apr 15, 2012 2:01 PM

    As a level headed Ravens fan, I wish him best of luck on a fresh start. I don’t wish anything bad on him, but it’s for the best for him, the team, and fans that he moved on. I’m still not over his drop. Not only for the obvious of preventing the Ravens from going to the SB, but also not taking the opportunity to shut up the Flacco haters.

  12. aceben3 says: Apr 15, 2012 2:05 PM

    Good riddance

  13. sbelig says: Apr 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    And that’s the rub. He didn’t secure the ball or get his second foot down. It is what it is.

  14. ar1888 says: Apr 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    Im sure he will continue the tradition of underachiving free agent WRs going to Jackson.

  15. idealisticapathetic says: Apr 15, 2012 2:19 PM

    Now the Jags could compete in the SEC

  16. ultim8entertainment says: Apr 15, 2012 2:22 PM

    Lee Evans was drafted by Mularkey when he was HC in Buffalo. Good luck in Jax Lee, you have always been a class act. #BillsMafia

  17. markpfs says: Apr 15, 2012 2:27 PM

    i do believe we didn’t do much with the guys the Jaqs are picking up from Buffalo. but i do Poz and Evans just not to build a team around like we tried. BTW, Flacco was the best QB Evans ever played with. too bad he isn’t getting one more season to play healthy there.

  18. exhibits5 says: Apr 15, 2012 2:34 PM

    the jaguars will waive him at the end of training camp this guy NFL CAREER is over

  19. skoobyfl says: Apr 15, 2012 2:39 PM

    Lee won’t block for anyone, he sprints 60 yards downfield on every play. That’s why the Bills got rid of him, he doesn’t come back or help.

  20. mdagnew1 says: Apr 15, 2012 2:40 PM

    Forget the missing kick…the dropped ball was the mistake… good riddence Evans, you bum!

  21. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 15, 2012 2:48 PM

    I also think Lee just clearly remember just how bad the Jaguars whipped the Ravens on MNF, and thought he’d just go with the winner.

    Remember that play where Baltimore when it was like 4th and 40?

  22. msclemons67 says: Apr 15, 2012 2:53 PM

    I’m fairly certain that is the first time I’ve ever seen Lee Evans and “catches” in the same sentence.

  23. jagsfanugh says: Apr 15, 2012 2:55 PM

    For some reason I am not excited about this pick up. If he has butter fingers it won’t get better as it’s not like he is in early to mid 20’s anymore. Bad move IMO.

  24. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 15, 2012 2:55 PM

    Doubling up on the Laurent Robinson signing, cheaply. Both guys have had injury problems, so they need the insurance. Good character vet for a young receiving corps and Qb. Can’t go wrong.

  25. jdfrox says: Apr 15, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good luck lee. Here’s hoping you and the ravens can move past that drop and have success again this year.

  26. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 15, 2012 3:19 PM

    While other G.M.s go for big splashy signings, Gene Smith is quietly and patiently building another 8-8 team.

  27. northshorejag says: Apr 15, 2012 3:22 PM

    Say what you will haters. Jags are making moves to get better and compete for the division each week.

    Mincey, Robinson, Ross, Landry, Lowry, Mathis, Henne

    I know they arent flashy, but all solid. We’ve got a playoff D an O-line getting better WR core that’s building and a 22 y/o QB with a big arm.

    We have as good a shot as any team in the division.

  28. godzilla111111 says: Apr 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    maddenisfordorks says:
    Apr 15, 2012 2:48 PM
    I also think Lee just clearly remember just how bad the Jaguars whipped the Ravens on MNF, and thought he’d just go with the winner.

    Remember that play where Baltimore when it was like 4th and 40?

    —————————————————
    The Ravens, like everyone else in the country, can not get excited about the Jags.

  29. thegonz13 says: Apr 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    Instantly becomes the team’s #1 receiver. I mean, look at the other guys…

  30. mhs8031 says: Apr 15, 2012 4:12 PM

    The bigger question is: Does this mean they will not draft a WR in the first round?

    I hear they covet Melvin Ingram or Q. Coples.

  31. thacloser86 says: Apr 15, 2012 4:30 PM

    He’s part of the reason the Ravens didn’t beat the Patriots (he’s a joke)

  32. ruthlssjag says: Apr 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    I like the pick up, it took a while but at least we got this done. All you ppl bashing the Jags can bash away, but time will tell ALL & alot of you in here are bandwagon jumpers anyways. Whether he’s a camp body or a legit threat, I’ll take his straight line speed over some big name receivers. Not to mention he will be working with a legendary WR coach in Sullivan. Damn this is looking better & better.
    AT pick 7, the Jags are set for a trade back or an instant starter, Gene is doing a fine job, not to worry Jags fans!!

  33. tilllman40 says: Apr 15, 2012 5:30 PM

    This is not twitter no need for hashtaging .

  34. ravensfreak00 says: Apr 15, 2012 5:48 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan and still am not over his drop, but I do hope he can rejuvenate his career in Jacksonville because he can play when he is healthy. I wish him the best of luck.

  35. jimiinpa says: Apr 15, 2012 5:53 PM

    lol the jags couldn’t even beat Flordia state

  36. ppdoc13 says: Apr 15, 2012 6:07 PM

    I think that he should have manned up, signed for whatever the Ravens were willing to give him and made up for what was THE play that kept the Ravens from the Superbowl.

    I do wish him the best of luck because he seems like a good guy, but he left unfinished business here and I think he should have had the cojones to say, I want another chance, let me have it.

  37. crawdaddy1212 says: Apr 15, 2012 6:15 PM

    Wow, Ravens fans really need to quit singling out Lee Evans as the scapegoat for your AFCCG loss to the patriots- he was only one of several factors that determined the outcome of the game.

    If I remember correctly, your offense had two other great opportunities late in the 4th quarter to take the lead and both were squandered after the interception to Brandon Spikes, and then the throw out of bounds on 4th down.

  38. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 15, 2012 6:24 PM

    There was a stretch where Lee Evans was a perinnial sleeper fantasy WR. He’d stack up TDs getting single coverage. Injury must have soured Baltimore on him bad. After all that waiting and paying him, they let him go when he’s finally healthy?

    I like it. I’d like to see Taylor Price develop and see a Evans/Robinson/Price 3-man set with MJD in single back.

    Best O-lineman in the draft, Gene!

  39. deathtoromo says: Apr 15, 2012 7:30 PM

    John Harbaugh should send that dude gift baskets for the rest of his life. His drop took the spotlight off of the awful clock management that rushed Cundiff on the field.

  40. rollteal says: Apr 15, 2012 8:37 PM

    Everyone wants to assume The Jaguars are the worst there is and so and so on. Yet there are so many teams that have been worse longer and it’s just another WR pick at the tail end of FA before the draft what’s wrong.

  41. phinfan says: Apr 15, 2012 8:43 PM

    Chad Henne is slowly getting some major weapons… I wish him the best

  42. buffalostampede90 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:44 PM

    Why do people say Lee Even dropped that passed when it clearly knocked out of his hands wow people are stupid !

  43. getyourownname says: Apr 15, 2012 9:18 PM

    “Lee Evans catches on with the Jaguars”
    I see what you did there.

    Best for all concerned that he move on. Players sometimes muff plays, but he would have heard from Balt fans every time he failed to make a catch.

  44. descendency says: Apr 15, 2012 10:17 PM

    A deep threat for a QB that gets scared throwing short passes? hahahahaha.

  45. dez88bigtime says: Apr 16, 2012 2:03 AM

    Well this signing will surely bring laurent robinson back to dallas 4 league min.after he’s cut lol

  46. randomcommenter says: Apr 16, 2012 2:25 AM

    That was no drop. Evans clearly caught the ball but the db stripped it out before he got his 2nd foot down.

    The reason the db was able to get his hand in there is because it was a bad throw. Evans beat his man and flacco could have led hi. For the easy td. But flacco threw it back shoulder and forced Evans to come back for the ball. This gave the db the chance to close ground.

    Flacco just makes a convenient scapegoat. The ravens have NEVER been beaten according to their fans and players. It’s always some bad luck or a bad call or the other team got a lucky break. Ravens.. Undefeated every year.

  47. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2012 6:46 AM

    grantlee11 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:56 AM
    @ Joetoronto:
    Average attendance for Bills home games played in your city since 2008 = 51,506
    Average Attendance for Jacksonville home games (played in their own city) =60,045
    ***************************************************
    Ask yourself this….

    If the Bucs came there to play the Bears, how many fans would turn out?

    There you go.

  48. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2012 10:33 AM

    Now charge 500.00 a piece for those tickets and see if ANYBODY comes out.

  49. nationalmediacansuckit says: Apr 16, 2012 10:39 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Apr 16, 2012 6:46 AM

    Ask yourself this….

    If the Bucs came there to play the Bears, how many fans would turn out?

    There you go.
    —————————————
    Oooooookay. Whatever that means. Ask yourself this….. How is it that fans who calls them Raider Nation have 87 blackouts since moving back to Oakland in 1995? By the way, that’s a rhetorical question.

  50. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 16, 2012 12:55 PM

    Lee Evans is a good guy, and was a quality receiver. But I don’t think there’s much left in the tank. But he’s probably better-off with Gabbert throwing him the ball than the likes of Flacco, Trent Edwards, and JP Losman.

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