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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
Wide receiver Lee Evans, who didn't have a catch in his Ravens debut Sunday, missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to be hobbled by a sore left ankle. Evans wore a protective boot on his left foot in the week leading up to the Ravens' preseason finale but had it removed in the days before the season opener against the Steelers. Evans did practice all last week. Starting left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) also didn't participate in practice. For the Titans, safety Chris Hope (shoulder)
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By Edward Lee | January 18, 2013
David Reed raised a few eyebrows when he wore Lee Evans' No. 83 jersey at practice Wednesday. Evans was blamed by many for being unable to hold onto a potential game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco in the waning minutes of the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in last year's AFC championship game. But Reed didn't wear the same jersey Thursday or Friday. After Friday's practice, the receiver explained why. “That's my boy,” Reed said. “But you know, with the circumstances that went down last year, guys were giving me a hard time about it a little bit. So I haven't worn that jersey anymore.” In addition to showing some solidarity with a former teammate, Reed said he was wearing No. 83 to help the defense prepare for the Patriots' No. 83. “I was being Wes Welker for the scout team,” Reed said.
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By Edward Lee | September 13, 2011
Lee Evans did not catch a pass despite being targeted four times by quarterback Joe Flacco in the Ravens' 35-7 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but that doesn't mean that the wide receiver was ineffective. Coach John Harbaugh said Evans' speed forced the Pittsburgh defense to monitor him closely, which carved out opportunities for his teammates on underneath and intermediate routes. "Lee opened up a couple crossing routes for us where he takes the top off the coverage, and if they don't run with him, Joe's going to throw to him," Harbaugh said during his post-game media session on Monday.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Wide receiver Lee Evans, who was released by the Ravens last month in a cost-cutting move, will sign a one-year deal Monday with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Evans played one season in Baltimore. The Ravens traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills during last year's training camp to acquire Evans, who was expected to be a regular target of quarterback Joe Flacco. But Evans missed seven games with a foot injury, lost his starting spot to rookie Torrey Smith and ended up catching just four passes for 74 yards and zero touchdowns.
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By Matt Vensel | January 4, 2012
In seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Lee Evans never got to experience postseason play. He has made it there in his first season in Baltimore, and he is excited for the AFC Divisional Round game on Jan. 15. “To be able to be on this journey with these men here who have been there, done it before, and really there's only one thing left to conquer,” Evans said. “I can't even put it into words. It's a special experience for me. It's kind of like being a rookie all over again going into the playoffs because it's somewhere I've never been, but I'm looking forward to it and I've been preparing for it since I came into the league.
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By Matt Vensel | August 12, 2011
Less than 24 hours after the Ravens offense produced just six points in a preseason loss to the Eagles, general manger Ozzie Newsome addressed one area of concern by trading for Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. ESPN originally reported that Baltimore acquired the 30-year-old from Buffalo for a fourth-round pick , which The Baltimore Sun has since confirmed. That's a pretty fair price to add a proven deep threat in Evans, who has hauled in 43 touchdown passes and averaged 15.7 yards per catch in seven NFL seasons.
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By Matt Vensel | November 9, 2011
The Ravens acquired Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft pick in August in the hopes he would make the kind of game-changing plays that rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith made in the final seconds of Sunday night's 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Evans has been sidelined with a foot injury since Week 2, giving Smith an opportunity to step into the starting lineup -- and into the national spotlight with his game-winning touchdown catch Sunday. On Wednesday, Evans returned to the practice field with his sights set on playing against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Wide receiver Lee Evans, who was released by the Ravens last month in a cost-cutting move, will sign a one-year deal Monday with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Evans played one season in Baltimore. The Ravens traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills during last year's training camp to acquire Evans, who was expected to be a regular target of quarterback Joe Flacco. But Evans missed seven games with a foot injury, lost his starting spot to rookie Torrey Smith and ended up catching just four passes for 74 yards and zero touchdowns.
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By Edward Lee | November 13, 2011
As expected, wide receiver Lee Evans will sit out his seventh straight game when the Ravens take on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday. Evans had been limited in practice all week by a lingering left ankle injury and had been described by the team as doubtful for the contest. Rookie Torrey Smith will make his seventh consecutive start. Also as expected, free safety Ed Reed and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will start in their customary positions.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2011
Lee Evans gives the Ravens what they've been missing through the Joe Flacco years - a speed receiver who can get behind the defense and catch the ball. They call him a vertical threat. But by any other name, Evans is the missing piece to a short-sighted and heretofore imbalanced offense. In Anquan Boldin, the Ravens have one of the NFL's premier - and most powerful - intermediate receivers. In Ray Rice, they have a durable, play-making running back who can twist linebackers into soft pretzels.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
Sorry, psychics. I saw in The Baltimore Sun this week that you're going to try to contact Edgar Allan Poe from beyond the grave next month. Nice idea, hope it makes some money to save his house. But I beat you to it. I stopped by Westminster Hall this week, and while he sends his regards and says he'll be happy to talk to you when you call, the Poester had something to say now. After what happened a week ago, he revised his most famous poem, and asked me to share it: The Ravens Once upon last Sunday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over how Cundiff could miss and Evans did not score, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my rowhouse door.
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January 25, 2012
The Sun editorial recommending the "stages of grief" from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross to deal with the Raven's recent playoff loss is one way of looking at the situation ("Stages of grief," Jan. 24). One can dwell on the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, etc. to get some form of relief, but there is a better way to deal with the game. Look at it this way: The Ravens did not lose in our minds. They won. They beat the Patriots in their home field. The Lee Evans catch was a catch, and we had a touchdown.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
Lee Evans sat on a chair facing his locker under Gillette Stadium, alternating between fingering a piece of black athletic tape and dabbing at his eyes with a towel. Then as the number of reporters waiting to interview swelled, the wide receiver slowly stood up from the chair, turned around, and unhesitatingly shouldered the blame for not holding on to what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown pass in the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game.
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By Edward Lee | January 21, 2012
Since the New England Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium, no team in the NFL has compiled more wins at home than New England. The Patriots are 67-13 in the regular season there and 8-2 in the postseason. Wintry conditions in the months of December and January and a raucous fan base have helped turn that stadium in Foxborough, Mass., into one of the more imposing venue in which to play. But running back Ricky Williams said the New England mystique is blown out of proportion.
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By Edward Lee | January 16, 2012
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.
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By Edward Lee | January 5, 2012
The anticipated return of wide receiver Anquan Boldin would seem to indicate that Lee Evans will surrender his starting role and line up as the Ravens' third receiver. Evans didn't seem to argue against that line of thinking Wednesday, but he seemed unconcerned about such a possibility. “Things may change,” he said. “They might try to do different packages, but I don't know. I don't know how it will play out. I think we'll certainly have a three-wide package, things like that, like we did before.
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By Edward Lee | January 18, 2013
David Reed raised a few eyebrows when he wore Lee Evans' No. 83 jersey at practice Wednesday. Evans was blamed by many for being unable to hold onto a potential game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco in the waning minutes of the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in last year's AFC championship game. But Reed didn't wear the same jersey Thursday or Friday. After Friday's practice, the receiver explained why. “That's my boy,” Reed said. “But you know, with the circumstances that went down last year, guys were giving me a hard time about it a little bit. So I haven't worn that jersey anymore.” In addition to showing some solidarity with a former teammate, Reed said he was wearing No. 83 to help the defense prepare for the Patriots' No. 83. “I was being Wes Welker for the scout team,” Reed said.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2011
Based on first impressions in Friday night's 31-13 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Lee Evans will be a major factor in the Ravens' offense. Showcasing his speed and hands at a half-empty M&T Bank Stadium, Evans made an impressive debut by catching three passes for 68 yards - which was eight more yards than the rest of the Ravens in the first half. It looked like the former Buffalo Bills wide out had been with quarterback Joe Flacco for six years instead of six days.
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By Edward Lee | January 4, 2012
Lee Evans was targeted just once in the Ravens' 24-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, but he dropped an opportunity to have a big impact on the contest. On third down-and-8 from the offense's 40-yard line midway through the second quarter, quarterback Joe Flacco took the snap in the shotgun. Evans appeared to beat the cornerback down the right hash, and Flacco launched a deep pass that bounced off Evans' fingertips and fell to the turf at Paul Brown Stadium. After the game, a chagrined Evans blamed himself for the gaffe.
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By Matt Vensel | January 4, 2012
In seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Lee Evans never got to experience postseason play. He has made it there in his first season in Baltimore, and he is excited for the AFC Divisional Round game on Jan. 15. “To be able to be on this journey with these men here who have been there, done it before, and really there's only one thing left to conquer,” Evans said. “I can't even put it into words. It's a special experience for me. It's kind of like being a rookie all over again going into the playoffs because it's somewhere I've never been, but I'm looking forward to it and I've been preparing for it since I came into the league.
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