Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is expected to make a full recovery after being hit four times, Twyman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said. ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Vikings have been made aware of the situation.
Twyman’s gunshot wounds were described by Rosenhaus as “superficial exit wounds” that were sustained inside a vehicle while visiting his aunt in Washington DC. He has had negative x-rays and will not need surgery. Twyman was just in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” Rosenhaus told Schefter.
“Talking to him today, he’ll be fine – that’s all that matters,” Rosenhaus said, via Schefter. “We are grateful that he is well. He will make a full recovery.”
The 6-foot-2, 301-pound Twyman was a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. Before retiring from the 2020 season, Twyman enjoyed a breakout year with the Pitt Panthers. Wearing the No.97 in honor of former Pitt and current NFL star Aaron Donald, Twyman recorded 10.5 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss in 2019. He had at least a half-sack in eight games. that season, including three sacks against Ohio and 2.5 sacks against North Carolina. Twyman likely sealed his draft fate after breaking 225 pounds 40 times during Pitt’s professional day.
Twyman is part of a Vikings rookie class that includes compatriot Panther Patrick Jones II, a defensive end who tallied 17.5 sacks in his last two years at Pittsburgh. The duo will look to help improve a Vikings defense that finished 29th for scorers, 25th for assists, 27th for runs, 10th for third down efficiency and 11th for red zone efficiency last season. .
“This is something I hoped for and prayed for when I was interviewed by the Vikings and I knew we were two potential prospects,” Twyman said to eventually play with Jones to the next level. “I just crossed my fingers [that I’d be] was able to find one of my brothers, be it Rashad Weaver or Patrick Jones. “It’s a blessing to be able to hunt quarterfinals with Patrick again.”