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Akayleb Evans

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23 yrs


6'2'' / 198 lbs




Up-and-down sophomore season

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-30

Evans logged 65 total tackles, seven pass deflections and three forced fumbles in 15 games with Vikings during the 2023 regular season.

The second-year corner 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 Minnesota's Week 16 loss to the Lions, but the 24-year-old still was able to finish third on the Vikings in forced fumbles and fourth in pass deflections. It's uncertain what role Evans will play on the Vikings' defense next season, but he'll likely look to be more consistent going into his third year.

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Benched in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-25

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.

Gets first interception of career

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

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. Even still, he hasn't exactly been stellar in coverage this season, especially not downfield, and Minnesota's defense has a tough test on tap in Week 16 versus the Lions.

Returns to practice Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-06

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.

Won't play on Monday Night Football

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-27

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.

Could return Week 12

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-25

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.

Won't play at Denver

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-17

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.

Begins Week 11 prep with DNP

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-15

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.

Exits due to injury

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-12

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 action snaps at corner.

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