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Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
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Top Akayleb Evans News

  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Up-and-down sophomore season

    Evans logged 65 total tackles, seven passes defended and three forced fumbles in 15 games during the 2023 regular season.

    The 2022 fourth-round pick out of Missouri saw a major uptick in work from his rookie year, starting all 15 of the games he appeared in for Minnesota and playing almost 700 more snaps than in 2022. Evans definitely struggled at times, even getting benched during a Week 16 loss to the Lions, but the 24-year-old was still productive. It's uncertain what role Evans will play on the Vikings' defense next season, as the team is likely to make bolstering its secondary a top offseason priority.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Benched in loss

    Evans was benched in the second half of Sunday's loss to Detroit but not due to an injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Evans had three total tackles.

    Evans was apparently benched for performance reasons after giving up five receptions on six targets for 52 yards and missing two tackles, according to Pro Football Focus. Jaylin Williams replaced him but had a crucial illegal contact penalty late in the game. It's not clear if Evans will regain his starting role.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Gets first interception of career

    Evans recorded four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Saturday's 27-24 overtime loss at Cincinnati.

    Evans came up with the first pick of his young career in the middle of the third quarter in Week 15 on a badly underthrown ball by Jake Browning intended for Irv Smith. However, Evans has been far from reliable in coverage this season, and Minnesota's defense has a tough test on tap in Week 16 versus the Lions.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Evans (calf) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session.

    Evans sustained a calf injury in Week 10 against the Saints. He missed the next two games but looks to be on track to play Sunday against the Raiders, thanks to the Vikings' Week 13 bye week. Through 10 games, Evans has recorded 49 tackles (36 solo), five pass deflections and three forced fumbles.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Won't play on Monday Night Football

    Evans (calf) is inactive for Monday's Week 12 clash with Chicago.

    Evans will miss his second straight game due to a calf injury he suffered in a Week 10 win over New Orleans. The second-year cornerback followed a pair of limited practice sessions to begin the week with a full session Saturday, so he appears to be closing in on a return. With the Vikings on bye next week, it's likely that Evans will be able to play in their next game, which will take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 10.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Could return Week 12

    Evans (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Bears, Kevin Seifert of reports.

    Evans missed Week 11 against the Broncos after sustaining a calf injury in Week 10 against the Saints. He was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday and his status may not be fully known until 90 minutes before kickoff time. Mekhi Blackmon played a season-high 50 defensive snaps at left corner in Week 11 when Evans was out, and the former would appear to reprise that starting role if the latter is ruled out for Monday's game.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Won't play at Denver

    Evans (calf) is listed as out for Sunday's game at the Broncos.

    Evans will sit out his first game of the season in Week 11 as he tends to a calf injury he sustained in Week 10 versus the Saints. In his absence, 2022 second-rounder Andrew Booth will probably see an uptick in reps at corner Sunday.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Begins Week 11 prep with DNP

    Evans (calf) was a non-participant in Wednesday's estimated practice.

    Evans exited Sunday's win over the Saints early in the fourth quarter due to a calf injury and was unable to return. Rookie Mekhi Blackmon stepped in for Evans in that contest and would likely start this Sunday in Denver if the latter is unavailable. Evans' likelihood of suiting up against the Broncos should become clearer as Week 11 prep progresses.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Exits due to injury

    Evans has left Sunday's game against the Saints due to a calf injury, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

    Evans suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter, so he won't have much time to make it back in the game, but he is still considered questionable to return. While he is out of action, Andrew Booth and Mekhi Blackmon will be candidates for snaps at corner.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Limited practice Wednesday

    Evans (neck) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

    Evans was able to overcome an oblique injury to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots and finished the game with four solo tackles while playing all but one defensive snap. Evans had also dealt with a knee injury that limited him in practices earlier in the season. Barring any setback, he should be good to go for Week 9 against the Falcons.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Good to go

    Evans (oblique) has been cleared to play in Monday's game against the Vikings.

    After a week of limited practice sessions, Evans' health is close enough to par for him to suit up. Barring any setbacks, he should take on his usual role at cornerback opposite Byron Murphy.

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  • Vikings' Akayleb Evans: Questionable Monday

    Evans (oblique) is listed as questionable ahead of Monday night's game against San Francisco.

    The 24-year-old cornerback out of Missouri was limited all week in practice, as he's been dealing with oblique soreness since Minnesota's Week 6 win over Chicago. If Evans is unable to go Monday night, Andrew Booth and Mekhi Blackmon will likely see an increased workload in the Vikings' secondary.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 198 lbs
Birthplace: Wyandanch, NY
Age: 25
School: Missouri
Experience: 3