Shaq Evans has a “severe” shoulder injury, Rex Ryan said on Tuesday.
The injury is bad enough that Evans could be placed on season-ending injured reserve, Ryan said.
Evans was the the No. 115 pick in the NFL Draft in 2014, out of UCLA.
Evans comes in at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds. He was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention in 2012 and 2013. Evans led the team in receptions during those two seasons with 60 in 2012 and 47 in 2013 and finished his career tied for 10th all-time on the school’s list of receptions with a total of 126. He was suspended for one game during the 2011 season after he participated in a fight against Arizona.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comEvans had an interesting camp, dealing with drops and concentration lapses early on but adjusting with some impressive plays in the coming days. There were still some miscues, but in watching him, it was clear that he has the natural ability to be a good deep ball receiver with some work on his short game.
We never want to see anyone’s season end this early, but in some ways there might be a silver lining to this for the Jets. While talented, Evans could benefit from a year watching from the injured reserve much as former Jets WR Chansi Stuckey did back in 2007. Evans was already behind due to his college’s schedule (he missed most of OTAs because of this by CBA rules) and so while a promising player, the Jets might be able to sneak him back on their injured reserve once they waive him. With a crowded field of upside player sbehind their top four receivers, this opens the opportunity for them to push forward someone who might have been squeezed during roster cutdowns … someone like Greg Salas or Saalim Hakim.
The Jets have yet to waive Evans and are likely being smart, trying to time the matter as best possible to not expose him – likely he will get waived/designated when teams pare down to 75 players from 90.
The reason? This year, in particular, teams seem more frisky with other teams’ injured players. In the last week, the Patriots claimed injured Carolina RB Tyler Gaffney and the Browns just claimed OL Michael Bowie from the Seahawks.