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Week 1 vs. SEA
Receiving: 4 / 102 / 0 on 9 targets
Lee Evans was the primary deep threat for the Bills, and it was evident that he and his QB had a good rapport throughout the game. The weather may have made the ball harder to catch, but on each of Evans receptions, you wouldn't have known it. He made them with ease, when they clearly weren't easy. He was targeted once in the red zone, and all four of his catches were for first downs.
Week 2 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 77 / 0 on 4 targets
Evans was the focal point of the Jaguars secondary, but he caught Edwards' first pass of the day on the opening drive. He also caught a perfectly thrown 37 yard pass in the fourth quarter on third down as the Bills drove for the go ahead touchdown. He often appeared to be open downfield when passes were completed to receivers underneath.
Week 3 vs. OAK
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 0 on 7 targets
Evans had an extremely up and down afternoon. Mostly down. With the Bills driving into Oakland territory late in the first half, Evans caught a ball and was about to be tackled on the sideline. He handled the football carelessly, and CB Nnamdi Asomugha forced a critical fumble. Head coach Dick Jauron emphasized his faith in Evans by going right back to him to open the third quarter with a 34 yard pass play. But Evans showed later that quarter why he maybe shouldn't be trusted so much when he was unable to wrestle a ball away from CB DeAngelo Hall on what was eventually ruled an interception. Evans also negated a 38 yard pass play when he was whistled for offensive pass interference in the third quarter.
Week 4 vs. STL
Receiving: 2 / 88 / 1 on 5 targets
Evans only caught two passes, one on the Bills' first play of the game for 49 yards and one in the fourth quarter for 39 yards and a touchdown, but the Rams secondary had to account for him on every play. He is clearly the team's top vertical threat and has sneaky speed. Evans is in his contract year and has gotten off to a much better start than he has in past seasons.
Week 5 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 22 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 100 / 1 on 5 targets
Evans was not utilized enough although he posted good numbers. He ran good routes, including a great one to get open deep for his 87 yard touchdown catch. Evans was able to get open several times, but Losman seemed to only look for him on deeper passes. Evans also ran a reverse that would have resulted in a touchdown had it not been for a great play by an Arizona defender to knock him out of bounds inside the ten yard line.
Week 7 vs. SD
Receiving: 8 / 89 / 1 on 8 targets
Evans was targeted mostly on short passes, though he did turn a couple of them into bigger gains after the catch. He was targeted consistently throughout the game, and it mattered little whether he was being covered by Antonio Cromartie or Quentin Jammer. In both instances, those defenders wanted to ensure they didn't let Evans beat them over the top. But by keeping them in front of them, he just had his way on the short stuff. Early in the second quarter, he caught a touchdown pass off a fade in the corner of the end zone with Jammer providing tight coverage all over him. But Evans managed to reach up with one hand, pin the ball against his helmet a la David Tyree, keep both feet inbounds, and maintain possession for the score. It was one of the toughest catches of the year, and sure to be a frequently played highlight this week.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Receiving: 7 / 116 / 0 on 12 targets
Although held out of the end zone this week, Evans still gained 116 yards on seven receptions. He and Edwards have a nice rapport. Even when he is not the primary receiver, Evans seems to know what to do when his QB is looking for somebody to get open.
Week 9 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 41 / 0 on 7 targets
Evans saw a team high eight targets against New York, managing to come down with half of them as he posted 41 yards on four grabs. He was shut down pretty well on his deep routes and was forced to chip and peck on short routes. He was the main option for Edwards on the day and some pressed coverage as Buffalo was playing with a hobbled wide receiver corps.
Week 10 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 22 / 0 on 3 targets
The Patriots decided to take Evans out of this game by playing him physically at the line and rolling a safety to his side. The first pass thrown to him, an intermediate range slant pattern, was over thrown and intercepted by Ellis Hobbs. If Edwards had been given time to find other receivers, or if the running game had been more effective, losing Evans like this would not have been so devastating.
Week 11 vs. CLE
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Evans was all but invisible in the first half as he didn't even have a target in the first half. QB Trent Edwards really struggled early in the game and stuck to short passes after his third interception in the first quarter and may have lost some confidence. Evans amazingly didn't get a look in the second half as well and was total non-factor in this game.
Week 12 vs. KC
Receiving: 5 / 110 / 0 on 8 targets
After catching six passes for 63 yards in his last three games, Evans led the Bill with five receptions for 110 yards. His 51 yard grab in the second quarter seemed to energize the team and Edwards started to look for him again. Having Josh Reed back in the lineup was a plus.
Week 13 vs. SF
Receiving: 7 / 80 / 0 on 9 targets
Evans was the leading receiver in the game with 80 yards on seven receptions and was targeted throughout the game by both quarterbacks. Late in the game, with the Bills down by a touchdown, on fourth down deep in 49er territory he broke open across the middle on a short crossing route. Losman did not get him the ball on time, however, so instead of a sure first down or possibly tying the game the Bills turned the ball over on downs.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 7 targets
Although targeted twice in the first half, Evans made his first catch in the third quarter. Three of the passes he missed were poorly thrown but Evans had at least one opportunity for a big play. He beat the corner and found himself streaking all alone toward the end zone only to see the pass overthrown by 15 yards.
In nine pervious games against Miami, Evans had eight touchdowns. Although he only averaged 7.7 yards per reception in this game, he is still on pace to average over 15 yards per catch for a fifth consecutive season.
Week 15 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 22 / 0 on 6 targets
Evans never was really able to get going, being limited to short gains by the Jets' defense. Evans' longest reception of the afternoon came on an eight yard catch, and despite catching as many balls as Josh Reed, Evans only finished with 22 receiving yards.
Week 16 vs. DEN
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Denver used the same defensive game plan most NFL teams have found successful: Double team Evans and let another Buffalo WR try to beat you. He only caught two passes but also drew a 22 yard interference penalty on Dre Bley in the third quarter.
Evans needs 46 yards to reach 1,000. His best season was 2006 when he gained 1,292 yards.
Week 17 vs. NE
Receiving: 5 / 63 / 0 on 7 targets
Despite a bad day overall for the passing game, Evans still managed to put up respectable numbers with 63 receiving yards on five receptions.