I know many of you are upset to see the Bills part with fan favorite receiver Lee Evans. I am not going to lie, I loved Evans and I will continue to root for him when he is with Baltimore. He was a very good player for us for several years. And unlike most players who leave town, he had a great attitude and a great work ethic. It makes me very happy to see that he got traded to a contending team, and one that I have no problems with too. With the Bills he has not sniffed the playoffs his entire career and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that if Baltimore is in the playoffs this year, most if not all Bills fans will be pulling for Lee to win the big one.
Now on the the issue that many of you have with the Bills getting rid of Evans. This has happened to the Bills' number one receivers for the last 3 that we've had. Moulds eclipsed Reed, Evans eclipsed Moulds, and Stevie Johnson last year eclipsed Evans. Now I hope Evans can stay healthy in Baltimore, but for the Bills it was time to part ways. We are a rebuilding team in our 2nd year. A rebuilding team needs to see what they have for young talent at all positions. In this case we are actually in the best position we can be in. We have a good number 1 receiver in Stevie Johnson. We have a strong competition for the number 2 spot between 4 guys. That is what I like to call a very good problem to have. Yes, we might not get the production right away from these guys that Evans gave us. But by mid season (If we can avoid injuries of course) I see this young group of receivers making some noise out of the spread offense. Also when looking at these guys, we have so many young talented guys that if we kept Lee we would have had to cut 2 of them. Those 2 would have been Easley, Naaman, or Davis obviously. Personally I don't like to see Evans go, but it is in the best interest of the franchise for making us a good team again.
Just a couple more things to add, I have high expectations this year for the Bills (as I do every year), looking at the schedule I think we can win 9 games. Most of you will call me crazy for this (I get it from my uncle, Optimist John who calls WGR all the time) but if you take a look at the schedule it is possible. Looking how we finished last year at 4-4 and with the players going into the 2nd year of the system, on top of that add in a healthy Merriman and Barnett (hopefully), AND a better run D with Dareus, we can do it.
A couple final thoughts, my dad always says this, receivers are a dime a dozen. Good receivers come and go all the time in the NFL and it is not hard to find a good one. I have to remind you all of T.O. We signed him and all of a sudden we were supposed to be playoff contenders and he didn't do much to help with that. Receiver is the easiest position to fill in the NFL, and we are lucky because we have a lot of young talent.
I will leave all of you with this. We are all going to miss seeing #83 on the field for the Bills this year. And I know we will all be rooting for him to do well in Baltimore (Unless of course they are playing the Bills) But I guarantee that as time goes by nobody will be saying "All we need is Lee Evans to put this team over the top."