Darrynton Evans isn’t wasting time endearing himself to the Bears (or their fans).
Evans, who the Bears claimed off waivers last week, has been busy since joining the squad. It began with him using Twitter make a recruitment pitch for receiver Julio Jones after the Titans cut him. Days later, Evans let it be known that the fullback position is coming back to Chicago’s offense. And with someone he happens to be already familiar with:
Matt Nagy once famously told the broadcast team covering a Bears-Chargers game in 2019 that he wasn’t brought to Chicago to run the I-formation. Three years later, the Bears will be in a position to run power-I if that is what the situation calls for it. Once the deal becomes officially official of course. And when it does, Bears fans who have been wanting some smashmouth football with fullbacks leading the way can thank Evans for his efforts.
As for the player Evans helped bring to Chicago, let’s chat.
Blasingame, 25, put the announcement of his signing in his Instagram story — which is different than what we are used to. But, hey, points for creativity. Anyway, Blasingame has spent the last three years with the Titans. He has 32 games (13 starts) of experience under his belt. And even though he doesn’t have any touchdowns, Blasingame has a 75.2 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus that looks pretty solid. And his 65.2 grade as a run-blocker isn’t awful in its own right. Tack on extensive solid special teams experience (410 snaps over the last three seasons) and we’re looking at a player who can wear a variety of hats for the Bears. And because the Titans didn’t tender Blasingame a contract as a restricted free agent, the Bears don’t owe Nashville any compensation.
In case you forgot what fullbacks do, here ya go:
Former Vanderbilt great Khari Blasingame with that key block on the Tennesse touchdown pic.twitter.com/XI1p88KWlc
— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) January 12, 2020
EVERY Blasingame touch as a Titan pic.twitter.com/rneLh7qW5v
— No Context Tennessee Titans (@NoContextTitans) March 16, 2022
OK, I can see why Evans is happy to have his old running back on board.
Hey, Darrynton — know any receivers? Or offensive linemen? Asking for a friend…