I hear it every day. Everyone wants to know how long it'll take Terrell Owens to blow his stack in his first season in Buffalo. History says Owens is quick to shoot off his mouth and assign blame when he's not getting the football and/or the offense isn't functioning to his liking.
Chances are, Owens won't be quiet for long if the Bills' offense doesn't hit its stride soon in the regular season. But I'm wondering if it might be the other receiver who loses his patience first: Lee Evans. Evans is coming off a fairly average season. Over the last 10 games a year ago, Evans did not score a touchdown. He had one reception of more than 22 yards. The Bills gave him a $9 million a year contract extension early in the season and his final stats didn't justify paying him as one of the game's elite wideouts.
Evans has been reduced to a bystander by the Pats over the years. Belichick steers extra coverage in Evans' direction and takes him out of games. In his last nine games against New England, Evans has 21 catches for 279 yards and 0 touchdowns. He hasn't had a catch of more than 18 yards in his last six games against the Pats.
The addition of Owens, an elite receiver, was expected to open things up for Evans and help him return to old game-breaking ways. He no longer has the lack of a viable No. 2 wideout as an excuse. It's time for Evans to step forward and have a big game worthy of his huge contract. He supported J.P. Losman when the Bills took Losman's job away. Evans caught more long balls when Losman was the quarterback. At some point, if his numbers continue to suffer, you have to think Evans will lose his faith in Trent Edwards.