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Ravens get smart with Evans move

Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:17 pm
 
The addition of Lee Evans made too much sense not to happen.

When I was in Baltimore on Tuesday I talked to people about the wide receivers and how the Ravens needed someone -- and, yes, Lee Evans was the focus -- to help rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss. Ravens' coaches like these guys, but they're rookies, and outside of quarterback I don't know of a more difficult position for a first-year player to excel.

So there was a need. Heck, only one wide receiver on the roster -- Anquan Boldin -- caught a pass for Baltimore last season.

"The places where we have holes is we're looking hard," said Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. "It's just a matter of what's available out there."

Well, Evans was out there, and getting him for a fourth-round draft pick is fair. In fact, when I was kicking this around with an NFL general manager later that afternoon we agreed that a middle-round choice -- a fourth or a fifth -- would be reasonable. So the Ravens do the deal, and they're a lot better for it.

I mean, after Evans the cupboard was bare. And Arizona was interested, so Baltimore had to do something ... otherwise risk losing him and crossing its fingers with Doss and Smith. Now, it has two veterans for quarterback Joe Flacco, and I suggest this move is as much about him as it is Doss and Smith.

If you have a quarterback you value -- and Flacco not only has taken the Ravens to the playoffs every year; he's won at least one playoff game each season -- you give him weapons to succeed. The Ravens subtracted Derrick Mason, and people in Baltimore were infuriated. Well, guess what? They traded a slot receiver for another deep threat, and I'll take that.

This was a smart move by Baltimore.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:01 am
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move



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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:24 am
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move

Since when does winning playoff games ON THE ROAD (Miami, Tennessee, and NEW ENGLAND for Crissakes!) equate to choking?




Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move

Judge is dead on here. The Ravens' WRs couldn't get separation last year in the playoffs against Pittsburgh. Boldin is a good player, but he's not a burner down field. Torrey Smith has the speed to go downfield and take the top off of the defense, but he's inexperience and his hands aren't super-reliable. Evans is a move Baltimore had to make if they want to be more of a contender this year. Now they just need to make sure the O-line is solid.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move

Lee was the man. Poor guy had to waste his career here in Buffalo.
I'll be rooting for Baltimore this year, but I know Flacco will choke again...



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:09 am
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move

Yes, Baltimore needed this. They needed to be able to stretch the field. Anquan Boldin is a good, hard-working, physical reciever but a strong deep threat he will never be; he just isn't speedy enough. Lee Evans is a fast guy and a solid #2 wideout. I think he will do well in Baltimore and I think Flacco will benefit aswell. He wants to take the next step and this is his chance.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:40 am
 

Ravens get smart with Evans move

Ralph Cookery Wilson Jr. will pass away with 3+ less Super Bowl rings than Jerry Jones. He will also pass way with 2 less Super Bowl rings than Al Davis.

Keep suffering.



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