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Minnesota Vikings show interest in Day 3 QB

The Minnesota Vikings interviewed a potential backup quarterback prospect with dual-threat capabilities at the NFL Scouting Combine. What did he have to say about his skills and experience?

Being one of nine children, including his youngest brother in a wheelchair and unable to speak, Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans knows what toughness is.

“You just adjust about how you feel. I have six brothers and two sisters, homey feel, and that’s how Blacksburg (Va.) was, a homey feel, so it wasn’t a huge adjustment to go from Mansfield to Blacksburg,” said the big quarterback who started his career at the Air Force Academy, went to junior college and then worked his way to Virginia Tech.

There, Evans threw for 3,546 yards, 29 touchdowns, eight interceptions and had 63.5 percent accuracy in 2016 before deciding it was time to make his way to the NFL after only one season with the Hokies.

It wasn’t a decision he took lightly.

“Me making that decision to leave was definitely not a rash decision,” he said. “I never make rash decisions. It’s not in my nature. I’m very particular in what I do. I calculate every move I make, make no mistake about that.

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“My dad is my consultant — he don’t make my decisions; I make my decisions because I’m a man, but I consulted with him on a lot of things ever since I left the Air Force Academy. That was a big decision, leaving something that is certain for something uncertain. I went to Trinity Valley where I was not on scholarship; I was a walk-on. So that decision, then me going to Virginia Tech over the 20-30 schools I had, I prayed on that. So this is not my first big decision; this is the first big decision that y’all been keeping track of. It was definitely not rash; I just felt confident and comfortable and calm and ready with it.”

In his only season at Virginia Tech, he showed off his dual-threat skills, rushing for 846 rush yards and 12 scores in addition to his impressive passing numbers.

Perhaps that has piqued the Minnesota Vikings’ interest and prompted them to interview Evans as they consider younger backup options as insurance if Teddy Bridgewater isn’t able to play in 2017. Or the Vikings are simply planning for the future with Bridgewater and Sam Bradford in the final years of their contracts.

Although the Vikings were on the short list of formal interviews Evans had with teams by Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine – the New York Giants being the other team – he said no team made a particular impression on him.

“It’s the opposite way around. I have to make the impression on them,” he said. “I don’t get to choose my team, so me having an impression of them makes no difference. I have to make the impression on them.”

Coming from Texas, where he jokes there is “something in the water” to develop quarterbacks, Evans brings a big body (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) that can handle the rigors of the NFL. He also believes his personality displays the needed leadership traits for the position.

“I think once you watch the tape, you’ll find out what I bring to the table. Overall, I think just getting to know me personally, the teams get to see who I am as a leader and person talking,” he said. “So I think it’s more of a feel-me-out thing, just like anything — you want to be able to see in person who you’re going to invest a lot of money in so I think it’s a great privilege and honor to be here and be evaluated by those 32 teams.”

 


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