ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 14: Lee Evans #83 of the Buffalo Bills makes a finger tip catch against Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
After Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey spoke to media from the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday, much of the focus was on his pointed commentary regarding "pass rusher" Aaron Maybin. Gailey, who has earned a lot of fans in Buffalo's fan base simply by being a straight shooter, made some astute observations about top wideout Lee Evans on Tuesday, as well.
According to Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News, Gailey came right out and said that Evans needs to become more consistent as a route-runner. That's rather harsh commentary for a receiver entering his eighth professional season. Gailey is also concerned about broadening Evans' horizons within his offense.
"He's been more of a deep threat," Gailey said Tuesday. "I've got to get him to do a better job of becoming an underneath threat. I've got to do a better job of that."
Evans finished the 2010 season on IR - his first NFL injury - and with just 37 catches (a career low), 578 yards (a career low) and four touchdowns (the second-lowest total of his career). Aside from one game in Baltimore (6-105-3), Evans was an also-ran in Buffalo's offense, while unproven teammate Stevie Johnson put up Pro Bowl-worthy numbers (82-1,073-10).