Rashaan Evans, the former Atlanta Falcons linebacker, has officially found a new home in the NFL.
The Philadelphia Eagles have recently made an announcement that they’ve added Evans to their practice squad.
In the previous season, Evans showcased his prowess on the field with the Falcons, participating in 17 games and demonstrating remarkable tackling skills. He recorded an impressive career-high of 149 tackles, placing him in the top eight in the NFL for the 2022 season. Remarkably, he only missed three tackles throughout the entire season.
At the age of 27, Evans stands on the brink of what could be the prime years of his career, suggesting there’s potential for further improvement.
However, it’s worth noting that Evans remained a free agent for an extended period, which left many surprised. This prolonged free agency stint might be attributed to his difficulties in pass coverage during the previous year. In 2022, Evans allowed a concerning 112.6 passer rating when in coverage. Nevertheless, he has demonstrated the ability to perform significantly better in pass coverage compared to his performance last season.
Looking back to 2021, Evans only allowed an 82.2 passer rating when targeted, indicating that he may not be a lockdown coverage specialist but still possesses valuable skills, especially with his exceptional tackling abilities. He could serve as a valuable depth asset for the Eagles, particularly within their linebacker unit.
The situation in Philadelphia’s linebacker corps has become more complex due to an injury suffered by former Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nakobe Dean during the Eagles’ Week 1 victory against the New England Patriots. Dean is set to be sidelined for multiple weeks after being placed on injured reserve. To bolster their roster, the Eagles have also signed linebacker Nicholas Morrow to the practice squad. As a result, Evans may need to outperform a few players to secure playing time on the field.
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