He had become the forgotten man in the Buffalo Bills offense.

In the last three games prior to Sunday, wide receiver Lee Evans had only seven catches for 55 yards. On the season, he had 18 receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown.

He doubled his scoring output Sunday, catching three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ 14-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the process, the University of Wisconsin product re-established himself as a legitimate threat in the Bills’ passing attack.

“He made some big catches for us,” Bills coach Mike Mularkey said.

Both of Evans’ touchdown catches were thrown by J.P. Losman, who replaced injured quarterback Kelly Holcomb.

“Everyone knows what he can do,” Losman said of Evans. “He was brought in here because of his legs … and that’s what he showed today.”

The Bills’ two first-round draft picks in 2004 connected in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Evans beat Kansas City cornerback Eric Warfield off the line of scrimmage and Losman found him two yards deep on the left side of the end zone to give Buffalo a 7-3 lead.

“I got him off the line and I was just waiting for it to come up,” Evans said of the pass.

The duo hooked up again in the third quarter, when Losman floated a perfect pass to a streaking Evans in the back of the end zone. Warfield had good coverage on the play, but Evans was able to secure the ball and get both feet in bounds.

“He (Losman) gave him a chance and Lee took advantage of it,” Mularkey said.

The Bills came into the game with a plan to take some shots down field against a Kansas City defense that ranked 31st in the NFL against the pass.

“We saw some things we thought we could take advantage of,” Evans said. “All we had to do was get some protection and we had shots down field.

Wide receiver Eric Moulds was especially pleased to see his counterpart have a productive day.

“It’s big for me because it seems like teams have been playing Cover 4 and saying, ‘Put two guys on me, and let Lee beat us.’ Once you get Lee deep, I don’t think anyone in this league can run with him one on one,” he said. “We have got to get him the ball a little bit more so he can make those types of plays.”                            

Sunday’s game was a bright spot in what has been an otherwise dreary season for Evans, a second-year pro.

His early-season struggles came on the heels of a tremendous rookie campaign. Evans piled up 48 catches and 843 yards last season, helping to fill the void created after Peerless Price left for Atlanta.

His nine touchdown catches led all NFL rookies and set a Bills’ team record for first-year players.

Coming into the season, both Losman and Evans were talked about as future cornerstones of the Bills’ offense.

The wide receiver hopes Sunday’s performance will be the means to that end.

“It’s a good start to the second half of the season here at home,” he said. “Now we have to go on the road and get a win.”

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