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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/13

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills made smart, decisive move to dump Evans | ProFootballTalk
"Many think that the Bills are folding the tents even before the season begins. Though we realize that more than a decade of futility would cause Buffalo fans to fear the worst, we think it made sense to move on."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 8-12 "
Chris Brown gives his thoughts on the tight end situation, the addition of Tyler Thigpen, who will replace Lee Evans, and Marcell Dareus adding weight.

Lee Evans' career in Buffalo | Democrat and Chronicle
A photo retrospective.

Lee Evans Trade
Who fills the void at receiver? -

Who will step up and fill the void left by Lee Evans? Chris Brown tries to figure it out.

Inside The Bills | Davis move makes more sense "
"The Bills acquisition of Craig Davis last week was a bit peculiar considering Buffalo’s depth at the receiver position. Now with Lee Evans traded, the most to acquire a veteran receiver makes a lot more sense."

Inside The Bills | Nix on the market for Lee "
"There was a lot of interest in Lee and you can understand why," said Nix. "He’s been a good player and done a lot of good things here. He’ll add to Baltimore. I think it’s a good opportunity for him. They’ve got one receiver and he’ll probably move right in and they’ve got a good team. Ozzie Newsome and I go back years and Cam Cameron and I worked together so I think it’s a great opportunity for Lee also."

Bills deal Evans to contender - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The remaking of the Buffalo Bills' roster under the new regime of Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey took another big step Friday. Was it a step forward or backward? Time will tell, based on the performance of the Bills' young receiving corps in the wake of the trade of Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens."

Evans delayed regime change victim - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"The new broom sweeps clean in the NFL. Teams change regimes, and veteran players invariably get tossed aside. That's at least part of the story with the Bills' trade today of receiver Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens."

Nix on young wideouts - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
Nix praised Evans' character: "If you combine the player and the person you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has represented the Bills better than him. He did a lot for this organization and this community."

Lee Evans traded from Buffalo Bills to Baltimore Ravens | Democrat and Chronicle
"Evans, a former first-round pick of the Bills in 2004, had one great year with the team, but for the most part, rather under-performed given his first-round status. He had only two seasons of 1,000 yards receiving or more, only one year when he caught at least 80 passes, he has never surpassed his rookie output of nine TD receptions in a single season."

Newsome, Harbaugh on WR Lee Evans - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here is what the Ravens' general manager and head coach said about Evans: "

Ravens smart to land Lee Evans - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Starter Anquan Boldin will be the top target underneath, while Evans can blow the top off the defense. Fourth-year quarterback Joe Flacco finally has the speedy receiver he needs to take advantage of his beautiful (but rarely used) deep ball. "

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Evans was heart and soul of Bills
"The Buffalo Bills didn’t just trade away their leading receiver and highest paid player on Friday. When they sent Lee Evans to Baltimore, they also gave up the heart and soul of the franchise. "

Ravens bolster receiving corps with speedster Evans -
"It is believed the Ravens were inclined to wait until Evans was cut by the Bills, a small-market team known for reducing their payroll. But Buffalo started shopping Evans aggressively Thursday (Arizona and Carolina reportedly showed interest), which prompted the Ravens to make the trade."

Baltimore Ravens | News | Press Release - Ravens Trade For WR Evans
"The Baltimore Ravens have acquired standout WR Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2012 draft pick, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Friday afternoon."

Bills vs. Bears
Bills Focus: Time for Some Football -

Bills players are getting itchy to hit someone.

Inside The Bills | Coaches expecting better run ‘D’ "
"Bills defensive line coach Giff Smith made his expectations clear, but he’s also going to keep a close eye on the rookies to see how they handle things when the real bullets are flying."

Inside The Bills | Players ready to hit "
"After going against the same guys for two weeks, you kind of want someone else to cover," said rookie Aaron Williams. "The guys here give me a great look and get me better each day. It’s about that time to get that competition started against other people."

Simple game plan is best for young Bills - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"We've tried to stay a little simpler, because we want the young guys to be able to have some success," Gailey said. "We could probably move a little faster with our veteran players, but we are trying to keep it simple so the young guys can figure out if they can play or not. If it's all mental mistakes, you don't know if they can play or not. So that's the theory going into the game. It's just simplify what we're trying to get accomplished."

Bills face first test with preseason game against the Bears | Democrat and Chronicle
"So when Buffalo takes on the Bears tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago, Chan Gailey really has no idea what to expect from his players, nor how he plans to use each of them."