One-handed grab was nice, but Evans knows he can do more

Wide receiver intent on contributing after less-than-productive regular season

January 16, 2012|By Edward Lee

Lee Evans provided a glimpse of what he can provide when he hauled in a lob from quarterback Joe Flacco with only his left hand, a completion that was good enough for 30 yards – the offense’s longest play in the Ravens’ 20-13 win against the Houston Texans Sunday.

But the wide receiver knows that one catch won’t change the minds of many fans who question his value to the team after he finished an injury-plagued regular season with just four receptions for 74 yards.

“It’s one play,” Evans said. “It feels good to make a play, but we’re going to need a little bit more down the stretch here in these next few games as they get bigger and bigger. And that’s my goal, whenever I get an opportunity to try to make a play. So that’s my mindset. It always is, but especially now in the biggest game we’ve ever played in.”

Evans said the original call was a simple go route down the right sideline, but he credited Flacco with recognizing that the cornerback was running ahead and therefore underthrew it enough for Evans to come back for the ball.

“Joe just put it out there, and I was just trying to make a play,” he said. “It wasn’t scripted to be like that, but I was just trying to make a play. Fortunately, it worked out for us. We’ve had so many that haven’t. So it’s good when it does work in your favor and gives the offense a little momentum.”

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