Inside The Bills

Evans on matchup with Clements

Posted by Chris Brown on November 26, 2008 – 9:09 pm

One individual matchup that most Bills fans will be glued to on Sunday will be the one-on-one battle between Lee Evans and former Bills CB Nate Clements. Evans is looking forward to it, but dismisses it as some kind of rivalry.

“I wouldn’t say a rivalry,” said Evans. “Obviously we practiced against each other all the time. He certainly made me a lot better working against him. I would just come out here and try to challenge him and be as good as I could be. I think we certainly helped each other having worked against each other as much as we did.”

Despite what some might think, Evans maintains that Nate isn’t much of a yapper on the field.

“Nate wasn’t a real big talker,” Evans said. “He plays the ball very well and he’s very active in the run game. He plays 60 minutes.”

After Terrell Owens dropped 213 receiving yards and a touchdown on Clements last week, Evans is expecting a charged up version of Nate come Sunday.

“No doubt. Any time you come off of a bad game you want to come back next week and make a statement,” said Evans. “So certainly that will definitely be his mindset coming in and that’s what good football players do. They come back and try to respond.”

The most interesting thing to watch for is to see whether or not San Francisco’s coaching staff elects to have Clements follow Evans all over the field on Sunday. They don’t exactly have a slouch on the other side in Walt Harris. But when Buffalo asked Clements to shadow top receivers during his time with the Bills, he had great success.

Then again after getting torched for 213 after shadowing Owens, they might alter the plan a bit.


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