It’s pretty much exactly the type of non-splashy signing we expected from the Green Bay Packers. The team signed rookie free agent quarterback Jerod Evans to their practice squad on Tuesday.
Evans is now the Packers’ de facto No. 3 quarterback.
Evans played at Virginia Tech and was an undrafted free agent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles following the draft. However, he suffered a foot injury during their rookie camp, was placed on injured reserve and then released.
Evans put up some nice stats in 2016 after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College. He tallied 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, plus 846 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing.
That looks pretty good, but Evans decided to turn pro after just one season at Tech. He obviously was considered not ready for the NFL and you see how that’s played out.
In short, Evans is a project. However, the way the Packers’ offensive line has been playing lately, he could also be one hard hit to Brett Hundley away from the active roster.
I hope I’m kidding. If Hundley gets injured, I would expect the Packers to actually sign a veteran quarterback, rather than putting Evans behind Joe Callahan.
As coach Mike McCarthy so astutely pointed out, Hundley has been in the Packers’ system for three years. Callahan has been in it for two. Evans hasn’t been in any pro system at all.
So let’s just keep our fingers crossed this situation doesn’t get any worse.