Well, being a Baltimore fan, I must admit that I am finally excited to write a piece about my favorite team, and have it be a somewhat positive one. Today the Ravens traded for Buffalo WR Lee Evans in exchange for a 4th round draft pick. This was a crucial pickup for the Ravens, who needed a second veteran receiver to go along with Anquan Boldin. Additionally, Lee Evans is a deep threat and a good compliment for Anquan’s ability over the middle and Ray Rice’s ability out of the backfield.
Some credit goes to Ozzie Newsome for acquiring Evans, a 2-time 1,000 yard receiver, for only a 4th round pick, but the main reason that the price was so low was that no one else was expressing a great deal of interest in him. Every team that he had been linked to Lee Evans, namely the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers, had expressed their lack of interest in Evans. The Bills wanted to unload him, and since the demand was fairly low, Ozzie was able to obtain him for a low price.
This move also provides cover for the two rookie WRs, Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss. Doss is a large possession receiver (who has shown to have excellent hands sofar) and Smith a burner, but both have had little practice with the team and need practice running routes and learning the NFL game. I personally believe Doss will be the better of the two, but both are in a better position to contribute positively with Evans on the team.
Assuming the Ravens do not lose WRs to injuries, this helps solve one of the big problems that the Ravens have had. The biggest problem, however, is still on the offensive line, where the position of RT is a huge question mark and there is no good alternative for recovering C Matt Birk. If the Ravens make any other moves, I’d expect it to be the signing of an O-lineman.