NBJ: How has your rehab been coming from your shoulder injury? And, did you learn anything about yourself or did you take anything away from the team as you watched from the sidelines?
Shaq Evans: My rehab has been great. I am progressing very well and I'm back to lifting and I'm in the latter stages of my rehab that I'm finishing at my Alma mater [UCLA]. What I learned about myself is how much I love being on a team and playing football. I missed it so much this year. Not saying I didn't before. but missing this season made me miss it that much more and made me hungry and anxious.
NBJ: What are your expectations for next season for yourself?
Shaq Evans: My expectations for myself next season is to simply compete. I want to make a name for myself because I don't want Jets fans to think I'm a waste. I have a lot to offer and I want badly to show fans what I can do when I'm healthy and comfortable. Last year I was a bit behind because of the rules with the quarter system at my school. I can't wait to get back on the field.
NBJ: Your best years with UCLA were with quarterback Brett Hundley, how do you think his game will translate to the NFL?
Shaq Evans: I think Brett Hundley's game will translate well in today's NFL. He's good at running the read option which is becoming big in the NFL. He's smart, tough, and durable. He was sacked the most of any QB in college and he never missed a game. I just think he needs to work on reading the field better and be a bit more accurate downfield.
NBJ: How would you describe your game? Are you a guy who thrives in the slot or do you see yourself on the outside?
Shaq Evans: I would describe myself as a smart, tough, and trustworthy playmaker. I can make plays and tough catches when you need it. I love pressure moments, I thrive off of them. If it's fourth down I want the ball. I'm comfortable anywhere. I can play slot or outside, I'm comfortable at both (I like the outside a bit more lol).
NBJ: What do you think of the Jets hiring of Todd Bowles?
Shaq Evans: I think Todd Bowles was a great hire. I feel like we just needed a fresh start. He seems like a guy that can take control of an organization and instill the right values of winning, being a good teammate, and working hard. Can't wait to meet him and learn a bit more about him. Seems like a good dude from what little I've seen so far. And we definitely won't skip a beat on defense with him.
NBJ: Five years from now, what will Jets fans think of when they think of Shaq Evans?
Shaq Evans: Jets fans will think of me as as guy that fought through adversity and gave them what they expected. Hopefully I will be a Pro Bowler.