Riders’ receiver Shaq Evans has NFL workout scheduled with the New York Giants

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Receiver Shaq Evans has one NFL workout scheduled.

Evans told The Rod Pedersen Show about his session on Monday.

“So far I only have one and it’s with the New York Giants on the 23rd. I leave next Sunday at 7:30 in the morning and I get to New York after a five-six hour flight and then workout the next day. We’ll see what happens from there,” Evans said.

The 28-year-old CFL all-star has been through NFL workouts before with multiple franchises. Each one can be unique depending on the front office evaluation methods.

“Every team’s different, every organization is different so you never know what you’re going to do. When I was with the Giants the workout was pretty quick. We filled out some medical paperwork and then we went right to the field, ran a few routes for 15-20 minutes, if that, ran one 40 and that was it,” Evans said.

“I worked out for Seattle one time and I was there all freakin’ day. We ran a 40, did a shuttle, did some drills before we even did the routes. It varies depending on the team that you workout for. It can be two-three hours or 30 minutes.”

The UCLA product was selected in the fourth round, 115th overall of the 2014 NFL draft by the New York Jets. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve prior to being released by the Jets following training camp in 2015. Evans later bounced from practice squads in Jacksonville, New England and Dallas.

“I told my agent if the NFL isn’t a guaranteed contract after I do a workout, then I’m not even really interested in that at all. I’m not old but I’m not young either, so I don’t have years to waste,” Evans said.

“If they do want to offer me a week or two after, unless there is something guaranteed in the signing bonus or something like that then I’m going to pass on it most likely. That’s been my discussions with my agent so far.”

The first time around in the NFL, Evans earned $860,100 with most of it coming in 2014. He knows money talks in terms of being afforded a legitimate opportunity to make an NFL roster. It’s a shot he wants to take one more time, but only if the chance is authentic.

“Everybody has aspirations of getting back to the NFL. If I did come back to the CFL I set a goal for myself. I made the all-stars this year, but I want to be in the running for MOP next year if I’m up there in the CFL. Brandon Banks showed that a receiver can win it — why not me?” Evans said.

Evans recorded 72 catches for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns. His first 1,000-yard season while displaying the potential to be a long-term No. 1 target in the CFL. He’s a pending free agent but prior to leaving Regina after the season was over, Evans met face-to-face with Riders’ general manager Jeremy O’Day.

“I had a meeting with Jeremy O’Day and we discussed it. He told me that he wanted me back and I told him I’m obviously looking at NFL opportunities,” Evans said.

“But if the opportunity isn’t what I want then I would love to come back up and be there with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Hosting the Grey Cup, it would be hard to get away from that.”