Rashaan Evans
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Evans with the Falcons in 2022
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-08) November 8, 1995 (age 28)
Auburn, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Auburn
College:Alabama (2014–2017)
Position:Linebacker
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2023
Total tackles:482
Sacks:5.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:5
Interceptions:2
Pass deflections:12
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Alan Rashaan Evans (born November 8, 1995) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at Alabama, and was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys.

High school career

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Evans attended Auburn High School, where he was teammates with Reuben Foster.[1] He finished with 77 tackles (including 43 tackles for loss) and 17.5 sacks as a senior in high school, while adding five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.[2] He was recognized as first team ASWA 6A All-State selection as a junior in 2012 and also played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.[2] Evans was a five-star outside linebacker according to 247Sports, rated the eleventh best player in the country; the number one outside linebacker in the country; and the second highest recruit from the state of Alabama behind fellow Alabama commit Marlon Humphrey.[3] He was recognized as an Under Armour All-American in 2014.

College career

Evans in 2018

Evans played college football at the University of Alabama. As a true freshman, Evans played on special teams in 13 games with 15 tackles (two for loss) and one sack. As a sophomore, Evans again mostly played as a special teamer and reserve outside linebacker in 2015, though his two sacks against Clemson in the national championship victory that season put him on many scouts' radars.[4] Evans was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2017, starting 12 games, tying for the team lead with 74 tackles, leading the team with 13 tackles for loss, making six sacks, and breaking up three passes.[4] In the team's two playoff games in 2016 (his only starts of the year), Evans made 18 tackles from an inside linebacker position.[4] He had 53 total for the year, including four sacks, six quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble in 14 games.[4] He started 14 games over his final two seasons and appeared in three CFP National Championship contests with two victories.

Evans graduated from Alabama in December 2017 with a degree in psychology.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.36 s 6.95 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine[5][6]

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans selected Evans in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[7] Evans was the fifth linebacker drafted in 2018.[8]

2018 season

On May 15, 2018, the Tennessee Titans signed Evans to a four-year, $11.7 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $6.59 million.[9]

Throughout training camp, Evans competed to be a starting inside linebacker against Will Compton and Jayon Brown.[10] Head coach Mike Vrabel named Evans a backup inside linebacker to start the regular season, behind Wesley Woodyard and Will Compton.[11]

Evans was inactive for the Tennessee Titans' season-opening 27-20 loss at the Miami Dolphins due to a hamstring injury.[12] On September 23, 2018, Evans made his first career start, as well as his first career tackle, against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 9-6 Week 3 victory.[13] In Week 13, Evans collected a season-high eight combined tackles (six solo) during a 26-22 victory against the New York Jets. Evans finished his rookie season with 53 combined tackles (33 solo) and a pass deflection in 15 games and seven starts.[14]

2019 season

In Week 4, Evans made 10 combined tackles and made his first NFL sack during a 24-10 road win at the Atlanta Falcons. Evans was credited with half a sack after he sacked Matt Ryan with teammate Isaiah Mack. During Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Evans recovered a fumble forced by teammate David Long Jr. on running back Damien Williams and returned it for a 53 yard touchdown in the 35–32 victory.[15]

2020 season

Evans with the Tennessee Titans in 2021.

In Week 1 against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Evans was ejected for throwing a punch at tight end Jake Butt.[16]

2021 season

The Titans declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Evans' contract on May 3, 2021, making him a free agent after the 2021 season.[17]

Atlanta Falcons

On April 4, 2022, Evans signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[18]

Philadelphia Eagles

On September 12, 2023, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Evans to their practice squad.[19] He was released three days later.[20]

Dallas Cowboys

On October 11, 2023, the Dallas Cowboys signed Evans to their practice squad.[21] The Cowboys signed him to their active roster on November 18.[22] On December 26, 2023, Evans was arrested in Frisco, Texas for possession of marijuana. He was subsequently waived by the Cowboys on December 27.[23]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2018 TEN 15 7 53 33 20 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2019 TEN 16 16 111 69 42 2.5 0 1 53 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2020 TEN 16 16 96 59 37 0.5 0 1 25 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 5
2021 TEN 12 11 57 35 22 0.0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0.5 1 0 2
2022 ATL 17 17 159 86 73 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2023 DAL 9 1 9 4 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 85 68 485 286 199 5.0 2 4 78 1 2 1 0.5 1 0 12

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2019 TEN 3 3 18 12 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2020 TEN 1 1 9 5 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Career 4 4 27 17 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

Personal life

Evans is the second oldest of five children. He has one younger brother and three sisters. His father, Alan, was a running back at Auburn, and his mother, Chenavis, received four degrees from Auburn, including her doctorate. Evans' older sister was a cheerleader at Auburn, and, despite the family ties including his cousins attending Auburn, Evans chose to attend Alabama. Growing up in rural Alabama, Evans would chase wild horses to work on improving his speed and athleticism.

References

  1. ^ Casagrande, Michael (July 16, 2015). "Alabama teammates sometimes pick on Rashaan Evans, Reuben Foster for being from Auburn". AL.com. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Rashaan Evans - Football". University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Rashaan Evans, Auburn , Outside Linebacker". 247Sports. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Rashaan Evans". www.nfl.com. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Rashaan Evans". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Alabama OLB Rashaan Evans : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Wyatt, Jim (April 26, 2018). "Titans Take Alabama LB Rashaan Evans in NFL Draft". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "Titans sign Rashaan Evans". NFL. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Worsham, Luke (May 5, 2018). "Tennessee Titans: What Rashaan Evans' Presence Means for Jayon Brown". atozsportsnashville.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  11. ^ Cotton, Dan (September 8, 2018). "Titans release depth chart for Week 1". 247sports.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "Washington Post: Player stars: Rashaan Evans". stats.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  13. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 26, 2018). "Titans, Rookie Linebacker Rashaan Evans Seeing Progress". Titansonline.com. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Rashaan Evans (2018)". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  15. ^ "Titans rally, spoil Mahomes' return beating Chiefs 35-32". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Gaydos, Ryan (September 14, 2020). "Titans' Rashaan Evans ejected from game vs. Broncos for throwing punch at Jake Butt". Fox News. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  17. ^ Smith, Michael David (May 3, 2021). "Titans decline Rashaan Evans' fifth-year option". NBCSports.com. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  18. ^ Bair, Scott (April 4, 2022). "Falcons have signed veteran linebacker Rashaan Evans". AtlantaFalcons.com.
  19. ^ "Eagles sign Nicholas Morrow to the active roster, Rashaan Evans to the practice squad". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. September 12, 2023.
  20. ^ "Eagles make roster moves following their Week 2 victory". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. September 15, 2023. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  21. ^ Eatman, Nick (October 12, 2023). "Roster moves: LB Evans added; Hendershot on IR". DallasCowboys.com.
  22. ^ Dallas Cowboys Staff Writers (November 18, 2023). "Updates: Evans signed; Dowdle questionable". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  23. ^ "Released Cowboys LB Rashaan Evans arrested in Frisco for marijuana possession". Dallas News. December 27, 2023. Retrieved December 27, 2023.