Shaq Evans won't predict future role on Jets

The New York Jets rolled the dice on a talented but unpolished wide receiver in Shaquelle Evans out of UCLA. While the former college standout has NFL starting potential down the road, the rookie is steering clear of any predictions during the Jets' rookie minicamp this month.

The New York Jets' last few offseasons have been mired by controversies, distractions, and a circus-like atmosphere. This was acceptable, and possibly even encouraged, by the team's fanbase as long as the team was winning and competing in the AFC Conference Championship.

Over the last three seasons, however, the team has regressed and its combined record is 22-26 and while failing to reach the playoffs since the 2010 season.

During this year's first round draft press conference, John Idzik and Rex Ryan, the Jets' GM and Head Coach respectively, briefly discussed organizational fit and player profiles.

Speaking about the team's first round pick, Calvin Pryor, Idzik said "…it's touching on our profile as a Jet, he fits it."

Ryan, also commenting on Pryor, said "John hits it on the head, this young man plays like a Jet."

It's clear the Jets drafted talent while strongly considering potential personality synergies and dysfunctions. Shaquelle Evans, a former UCLA Bruins star, was drafted in the fourth round and sounded like the perfect "Jet" during a recent interview conducted at the Jets' rookie minicamp.

Evans sounded relaxed in front of reporters and admitted he's working on improving day by day.

"Just improvement, so that's the main goal when you come to rookie minicamp is just to improve every day," noted Evans.

The wide receiver believes his progress can be aided by playing whatever position the team requires, inside or on the perimeter.

"I'm just trying to come in here and work hard and do anything I can to make this team win," noted the former UCLA standout. "I'm not worried about being the first guy or second guy…"

Recognizing his rookie status, Evans refused to forecast his role as a starter. On the contrary, Evans reiterated his desire to help the team win, in any capacity.

"We're rookies and we don't want to make any predictions and feel like we can just come in and take over a team," noted Evans. "We're just coming in and working hard and trying to improve every day and help the team win whether it's on special teams (or) receiver…"

John Idzik and Rex Ryan should take a bow as they were searching for a no-nonsense, eager "Jet" who puts team first and may have found an ideal fit in Evans.


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