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Evans‘ best season came in 2006, when he had 82 catches for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns. That was despite playing opposite Price, who was attempting to revive his career by rejoining the Bills, and during J.P. Losman’s only full season as starter.

Last season was mostly a disappointment as Evans finished with career-lows in catches (44) and yards (612), while scoring a team-leading seven touchdowns receiving.

Owens wasn’t much better on an offense that was undone by a raw and banged-up offensive line, a quarterback shuffle and coordinator Turk Schonert getting fired 10 days before the start of the season.

For Evans, it’s not about statistics.

“The bottom line is about winning and being in a culture of winning,” Evans said. “My frustration is not being able to make it to the playoffs. And I think if we can make that next jump, things will take care of themselves.”

Much then rides on whether the offensive-minded Gailey can spark a popgun passing attack and provide stability to a unit that’s had a constant carousel at quarterback and coordinator.

Evans sees promise in Gailey’s plan and in the young group of receivers.

“I think that’s what keeps us optimistic, because now we think we have something where we have a foundation we can go forward with,” Evans said. “And that’s what keeps you going.”