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Shaq Evans Could Be Headed to IR

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Still in Jersey, Shoulder Injury Could Sideline Fourth-Round Pick for His Rookie Season

It has been a slow start for the Jets rookie class and it appears that fourth-round pick Shaq Evans’ season may have reached a screeching halt.

“Shaq Evans’ shoulder looks pretty bad,” said Rex Ryan today of the former UCLA receiver. “He’s still out there in the jersey, very limited. We’ll see how that goes, but it doesn’t look good right now.”

When asked if there was a possibility Evans could be placed on the injured reserve, Ryan concurred.

“We talked to him about it too and he had the other shoulder before, but this one seems to be bothering him a lot more,” Ryan said. “Again, we always say we’ll lean on our doctors and trainers, but we will. I think this looks like a severe injury.”

The 6’1”, 213-pound Evans, the second receiver taken by the Jets in Round 4, finished his career tied for 10th on UCLA’s list for receptions (126) and 13th on the Bruins list for receiving yardage (1,895). But Evans might have to wait until next year to make a dent for the Green & White.

“I just see myself being a guy that contributes wherever they put me. I mean I’m a guy that can play inside and play outside,” he said during rookie minicamp. “I’m just trying to come in here and work hard and do anything I can to make this team win. I’m not worried about being the first guy or second guy, I’m just worried about being wherever they need me to help.”

Evans has had a tough couple of months.  While finishing up the final quarter of his academic career at UCLA, he missed all of the team’s OTAs in Florham, Park, N.J. Then he started playing catch-up in minicamp and had an even start to camp before suffering the shoulder injury last week.


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