Tanner McEvoy

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Tanner McEvoy
No. 19 – Seattle Seahawks
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-26) January 26, 1993 (age 25)
Hillsdale, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 14
Receiving yards: 253
Receiving touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Tanner McEvoy (born January 26, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, Arizona Western College and the University of South Carolina.

Early years

Born to Tina and Steve McEvoy, McEvoy grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey. He attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey where he played football and basketball.[1] McEvoy graduated from Bergen Catholic in 2011.[2]

College career

McEvoy verbally committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 20, 2011 to play quarterback.[2] McEvoy redshirted his first year on campus.[1] On July 30, 2012, McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under age 21.[3] On August 7, eight days after his arrest, McEvoy announced that he was going to transfer from South Carolina.[4]

McEvoy transferred to Arizona Western prior to start of 2012 season. McEvoy appeared in 10 games during the 2012 season at the quarterback position passing for 2,301 yard with 29 touchdowns and rushing for six more.[1]

McEvoy transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he played from the 2013 season through the 2015 season.[5] McEvoy played in 38 games splitting time between playing at safety, quarterback, and wide receiver.[1]

Professional career

On January 13, 2016, McEvoy participated in the College Gridiron Showcase in Bedford, Texas.[6] Unfortunately, McEvoy did not receive an invitation to the NFL Combine, most likely due to his time playing multiple positions at Wisconsin and not being a top prospect at a single position. On March 9, 2016, he attended Wisconsin's pro day, where he performed positional drills and combine drills, but chose not to run the 40-yard dash due to tendinitis in his knee.[7] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, McEvoy was projected to go undrafted and be signed as a free agent. He was ranked the 20th best wide receiver prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
4.29 s 7.00 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
17 reps
All values from Wisconsin's Pro Day[8]

On May 1, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks signed McEvoy as an undrafted free agent after he went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft.[9][10] The Seahawks signed him to a three-year, $1.62 million contract.[11]

2016

Throughout rookie minicamp, organized team activities, and spring training, McEvoy was used at the safety position. Upon arriving at training camp, he was moved to wide receiver and competed for a roster spot against Kenny Lawler, Antwan Goodley, Deshon Foxx, Kasen Williams, Tyler Slavin, Kevin Smith, and Douglas McNeil.[12] Head coach Pete Carroll tried him out at tight end after Jimmy Graham and Nick Vannett suffered injuries and Cooper Helfet was waived.[13]

In his first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, McEvoy caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin as time expired, along with two other receptions to total 77-yards. The Seahawks went on to win 17-16 after scoring on the subsequent two point conversion.[14] Despite missing some time in training camp with a groin injury, McEvoy avoided the Seahawks' practice squad and won the fifth wide receiver position, beating out Kenny Lawler.[15] Head coach Pete Carroll made him the fifth wide receiver on the Seahawks' depth chart behind veterans Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson.[16]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Seattle Seahawks' season-opening 12-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins.[17] On October 2, 2016, McEvoy made his first career reception for a 42-yard touchdown during the Seahawks' 27-17 victory at the New York Jets. He made the catch on a pass from Russell Wilson after Jets' safety Calvin Pryor blew his zone coverage and fell down, allowing McEvoy to become wide open for a 42-yard touchdown.[18][19] During a Week 7 matchup at the Arizona Cardinals, McEvoy blocked a punt attempt by Cardinals' punter Ryan Quigley in the fourth quarter that was recovered by Seahawks' defensive end Cassius Marsh. The blocked punt and recovery helped send the game into overtime with a 3-3 tie, but resulted in a 6-6 tie at the end of the game.[20][21] The following week, McEvoy received a lateral from Russell Wilson and threw his first career pass attempt for a 43-yard completion to running back C. J. Prosise in the second quarter of the Seahawks' 25-20 loss at the New Orleans Saints.[22] On December 11, 2016, he had a season-high three receptions for 41 receiving yards and scored a 22-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter of a 38-10 loss at the Green Bay Packers.[23] He finished his rookie season with a total of nine receptions for 140 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 14 games and zero starts.[24] McEvoy was a healthy scratch for Weeks 2 and 10.[25]

2017

McEvoy returned to training camp in 2017 and competed with Kenny Lawler, Amara Darboh, Marcus Lucas, David Moore, Kasen Williams, Rodney Smith, Darreus Rogers, and Cyril Grayson.[26][27] He became the Seahawks' fourth wide receiver, behind Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, and Tyler Lockett, after the Seahawks traded Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets.[28]

On October 29, 2017, McEvoy made a 53-yard reception during Seattle's 41-38 victory over the Houston Texans. During a Week 12 contest at the San Francisco 49ers, he had a season-high two catches for 32 receiving yards in a 24-13 victory.[29] Overall, in the 2017 season, he finished with five receptions for 113 yards.[30]

Personal life

McEvoy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in sociology in December 2015.[1] His brother, Colin, played college football at Rutgers. His sister, Christin, attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "3 - Tanner McEvoy". Wisconsin Athletics. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Tanner McEvoy". 247.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "S. Carolina's Tanner McEvoy arrested". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "QB Tanner McEvoy to transfer". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tanner McEvoy College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Badgers football: Former UW players will participate in NFL draft showcase games". Madison.com. January 23, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ Owen Riese (March 10, 2016). "Wisconsin pro day recap: Which Badgers impressed NFL scouts, personnel?". buckys5thquarter.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Tanner McEvoy, DS #20 WR, Wisconsin". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ Condotta, Bob (May 1, 2016). "Breaking down the Seahawks' reported undrafted free agents". The Seattle Times. 
  10. ^ Boyle, John (May 6, 2016). "Seahawks Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents and 9 of 10 Draft Picks". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Spotrac.com: Tanner McEvoy contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ourlads.com: Seattle Seahawks' depth chart: 07/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ Gregg Bell (August 26, 2016). "Former S, WR, RB, QB Tanner McEvoy gets shot to make Seahawks at TE as undrafted rookie". thenewstribune.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ Thomas, Jeanna. "Trevone Boykin's deep touchdown pass set Seattle up for the win". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Rotowire (September 5, 2016). "Kenny Lawler: Added to Seattle practice squad". cbssports.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ourlads.com: Seattle Seahawks depth chart: 10/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks - September 11th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  18. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets - October 2nd, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  19. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 4-2016: Seattle Seahawks @ New York Jets". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - October 23rd, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  21. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 7-2012: Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  22. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 8-2016: Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  23. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2016: Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  24. ^ "NFL Player stats: Tanner McEvoy (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  25. ^ Seattletimes.com https://www.seattletimes.com/subscribe/signup-offers/?pw=redirect&subsource=paywall&bg=alt&mkt=alt. Retrieved December 6, 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Ourlads.com: Seattle Seahawks depth chart: 07/02/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  27. ^ Lindsey Wisniewski (August 30, 2017). "Seahawks wide receivers continue to scramble to find final roster spots". seahawkswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Ourlads.com: Seattle Seahawks depth chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  29. ^ "NFL Player stats: Tanner McEvoy (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Tanner McEvoy 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 

External links

  • Seattle Seahawks bio
  • Wisconsin Badgers bio
  • South Carolina Gamecocks bio
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