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Jets place rookie receiver Shaq Evans on injured reserve


The rookie season of Jets fourth-round draft pick Shaq Evans is over before it began.

Evans, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, has been placed on injured reserve.

Reports today that Evans was waived/injured proved to be incorrect, as the Jets decided to put Evans directly on injured reserve. If the Jets had waived/injured Evans, he could have been claimed by any other team. It’s rare for players who are waived/injured to be claimed, but it’s possible that Evans would have been: He showed a lot of promise in college at UCLA, and if some other team that had a high draft grade on Evans wants him, he would have been there for the taking.

That the Jets put him on injured reserve, rather than exposing him to waivers, suggests that they believe he can still be a contributor. But that won’t be until 2015 at the earliest. His 2014 season is over.

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10 Responses to “Jets place rookie receiver Shaq Evans on injured reserve”
  1. barsfordays says: Aug 19, 2014 6:56 PM

    Had a case of the dropsies and wasn’t a sure shot to make the 53 anyways. Smart decision to stash him on the IR.

  2. dickshotdogs says: Aug 19, 2014 7:03 PM

    Holy crap! My Patriots won’t get him now.

  3. Marv says: Aug 19, 2014 7:58 PM

    Wasn’t this how the Patriots got Ballard? Isn’t the rule something like IR during expanded rosters always means waivers?

  4. 34defense2014 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:41 PM

    No, this means other teams can’t touch him. Good move, I’ve watched this kid ball at UCLA he can ball.

  5. tangysizzl says: Aug 19, 2014 9:11 PM

    He goes on IR but Im pretty sure he still counts against the 90 man roster until after the cut to 75. Once they get to 75 he will no longer count against the roster

  6. blacknole08 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:31 PM

    Who is the man that would risk his shoulder
    For his brother man?
    Shaq, can you dig it?

  7. motsuret06 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:36 PM

    The Jets are smarter than the Carolina Panthers who got burned by Hoodie when they put Tyler Gaffney on the injured/waived list and they were more than glad to snatch him up. John Idzik is smarter than Dave Gettleman who was burnt twice by the Patriots.

  8. adriansbabymommainwisco says: Aug 19, 2014 10:34 PM

    Yea he can ball but he is soft and gets hurt all the time. I was at several ucla games and he usually takes plays off.

  9. kappy32 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:34 AM

    He’ll be a contributor in 2015, when Rex Ryan is not the head coach of the Jets.

    As a side note, I liked this draft pick by the Jets. I was very upset when Evans transferred from my Notre Dame Irish to UCLA. He was forced to sit a year because of the transfer rules, and a lot of times when players take that route in college it tends to stunt their development. I think Evans will blossom in the NFL & have a solid career probably for a few different teams. He’s the type of guy who will play on a lot of teams & always do the right thing. He won’t be a star, but he will be one if those productive, team guys who can play in a wide array of offenses because he’s extremely smart, has a good head on his shoulders & has solid fundamentals.

  10. ampats says: Aug 20, 2014 7:58 AM

    Good move, Jameis Winston will need some receivers after the Jets pick him with the first pick in the 2015 draft

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