Kevin Everett

Everett's journey with Bills is just beginning

(August 13, 2007) — PITTSFORD — It has already been quite a journey for Kevin Everett, but for the 25-year-old Bills tight end, it's a journey that has really only just begun.

"He's come a million miles, but I always follow that up with there's a million more miles to go," said Buffalo's tight ends coach, Charlie Coiner. In other words, as Everett works out day to day in training camp at St. John Fisher College, he is finally starting to resemble the player the Bills thought they were getting in the third round of the 2005 draft.

However, he is far from a polished product and still has a lot to learn if he hopes to contribute to the Bills this season, or, as some have suggested, simply make the team.

Kevin Everett Update

Kevin Everett, tight end - Despite his solid blocking and good production late last season in limited opportunities, there are many in Buffalo who aren't enthralled by starting tight end Robert Royal. That's where Everett, the team's third-round pick in 2005, comes in. The 6-4, 253-pounder didn't have much of a career with the Miami Hurricanes, but he entered the NFL with plenty of potential. However, after missing his first season because of a knee injury, Everett was healthy in time for 2006 but finished the year with just one reception.

If the athletic 25-year-old finally starts to turn the corner this summer, it would provide yet another offensive weapon and a multidimensional threat for Losman (Everett has the speed to get downfield). In the process, Everett would form a very good one-two punch at TE with Royal, who is primarily a short-yardage man. Should Everett remain in neutral, though, he'll likely get his walking papers from Jauron soon enough, thus paving the way for Brad Cieslak and Ryan Neufeld to serve as Royal's backups.


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In 2005 the Buffalo Bills made Kevin Everett their second overall pick (3rd round) in the draft. Coming out of Miami, Everett was following in the footsteps of other tight-ends. Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow Jr. were all highly-touted first round pick out of Miami prior to Everett.

Having similar skills to that of his three predecessors, Everett was expected to provide the Bills offense with a legitimate receiving threat at the tight end position.

Unfortunately on the first day of Bills mini camp Everett tore a ligament in his knee and was lost for his rookie season. After missing his rookie campaign Everett was still new to the NFL game last year when he appeared in 16 games making four starts. He recorded only one catch for one yard against Minnesota.

Bills' Everett needs to emerge

There's never good news when it comes to a player sustaining an injury, but there can be bright sides. For example, Buffalo's Robert Royal taking a tumble and hurting his shoulder during a recent organized team activity, sustaining what's being called a sprain, is certainly a yikes moment for fans of a team that have been waiting semi-patiently for a tight end to do something, anything at all.

But, on a positive note, Royal isn't hurt badly, which for him is positive because it means he is allowed to cut some activities with an excused absence. And Royal's tweak means that backup Kevin Everett is getting to ditch his understudy tag for at least a little while and show what he can do before training camp.

Everett's rookie season ended approximately, oh, 11 or 12 seconds into it, as he tore his ACL almost as early as possible during initial workouts in one of his very first activities as a Bill. As frustrating as that was for a team that was hoping to have a new receiving weapon in the mix, it was likely even more exasperating for them to see him struggle in his first season on the field in 2006, as he wasn't able to stand out and be even faintly productive.

Kevin Everett Update

Kevin Everett was the favorite target of all three quarterbacks during red zone 7-on-7. Everett made three catches for three touchdowns including a nice grab as J.P. Losman squeezed the ball between two defenders. Losman was 9-10 passing with the touchdown to Everett. Craig Nall went 4-4 with two straight touchdowns, one to Everett and the other to Donovan Morgan. Trent Edwards made some very nice passes hooking up with Everett for a touchdown in the seam on his first pass of the drill.


Everett looking for progress - Bills’ third-year tight end pegged to be game breaker

Kevin Everett is a potential breakthrough performer for the Buffalo Bills this year.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end is one of the young players on the team who has the talent to become not just an average player but an impact player. He’s also at the point in his career, entering his second full season on the field and third overall, at which his breakthrough could happen.

The question is: Can a guy who caught one pass for 1 yard for the entire 2006 season make a big step forward?

The Bills have seen reason to be hopeful through the first six days of spring practices.

“We’ll see, but I’ve certainly liked what I’ve seen from Kevin Everett the past week,” said Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. “I really do. I think his whole demeanor, his attention to detail, it looks good. He just looks very comfortable, and when he’s comfortable he’s a very talented guy.” Everett was a third-round pick of the Bills in 2005 out of the University of Miami. He missed his entire first season because he tore up his knee on the first day of his rookie minicamp.

Kevin Everett Update

Kevin Everett who saw a lot of time in the slot caught a nice pass deep down the seam. Losman hit him with a bullet on his inside shoulder as the play stood a good chance of going for a touchdown in a live football setting.


Bills' Everett a no-show last season

Entering the 2006 NFL season, many in Buffalo were holding out hope that second-year tight end Kevin Everett would emerge as a true offensive threat for the Bills. The 2005 third-round pick from the University of Miami was coming off a severe knee injury that stopped him from playing as a rookie.

Aside from Everett, the Bills' tight end stable for '06 included less-than-household names like Robert Royal, Brad Cieslak and Ryan Neufeld. Despite that, Everett never caught on his first real season as a pro. The former junior college transfer started in four of Buffalo's 16 games, catching just one pass for one yard. To say the soon-to-be 25-year-old was nonexistent would be an understatement. In fact, he was almost ghostly.

Buffalo's young quarterback, J.P. Losman, could have used a solid tight end as a security blanket. The position only produced 31 receptions (fewer than two per game), 284 yards (17.6 per contest) and four touchdowns, three of which came from the veteran Royal. Losman, who was in his first full campaign as a starting QB, was among the AFC's better passers, but he no doubt would have improved further with a more competent pass-catching TE.