Former Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans signed with the Philadelphia Eagles
The Virginia Tech Hokies had a host of players latch on with NFL teams over this past weekend. Whether it was through the draft, or through undrafted free agency, the Hokies were well represented when it came to players getting an opportunity at the next level.
One name that was absent from the list of draftees, and initially from those who signed as undrafted free agents, was quarterback Jerod Evans.
However, Evans has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting. The deal was reportedly made shortly after the draft, but went unreported until Tuesday afternoon.
Evans enjoyed a breakout season in his only year of FBS competition in 2016. After transferring from junior college, Evans spent his lone season in Blacksburg completing 63.5% of his passes for 3,552 yards and 29 touchdowns to 8 interceptions.
In addition to his passing ability, Evans doubled as the team’s best rusher, notching a team-high 846 yards on 204 carries (4.1 yards per carry), with 12 touchdowns on the ground.
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It is safe to say that the Hokies would not have won 10 games last season without his stellar production at the quarterback position.
Despite everything that Evans accomplished with the Hokies, it was considered a major surprise when he elected to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Despite his numbers, Evans still needs some polishing as a passer to fully succeed at the next level, especially in the deep passing game. Because of that major flaw and the hitch that he has in his throwing motion, it was not expected that he would be drafted earlier than a sixth round pick, if at all.
While he was not selected in the draft and had to resort to the free agency market, Evans should have a good opportunity in Philadelphia to become more polished as a passer this summer and push for a roster spot as a backup to Carson Wentz.
It will be interesting to see what his future holds, but regardless, fans will always remember the contributions he made at quarterback in the 2016 season with the Hokies.