The Titans aren't picking up the fifth-year option on Evans' rookie contract, but they still hope to sign him to an extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 22nd pick in the 2018 Draft, Evans was a 16-game starter in 2019 and 2020, playing 86 and 80 percent of Tennessee's defensive snaps, respectively. He's never forced a fumble or picked off a pass in the NFL, but he did flash IDP potential in 2019, when he had 111 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Fellow ILB Jayon Brown re-signed with the Titans on a one-year, $5.3 million contract earlier this offseason, following a 2020 campaign with 76 tackles and eight pass defenses in only 10 games. Brown has been much better in coverage, while Evans is arguably the superior run defender. Both are on expiring contracts in 2021.
Evans recorded 96 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery across 16 games in the 2020 regular season.
Evans finished third on the team with 96 tackles, though that total took a dip from his 2019 campaign. Even so, Evans was a leader amongst the Titans' linebacker corps by pacing the group in tackles and snaps. While Jayon Brown and Harold Landry both arguably outplayed Evans, he was nevertheless a steadying force for the defense. Evans potentially will head into the final year of his rookie deal in 2021, though the team possesses a fifth-year option that could be exercised to keep him under contract through 2022.
Evans had eight tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed during Sunday's 31-10 win at Jacksonville.
The 24-year-old ranked second on the team in tackles as the Titans held the Jaguars to 91 rushing yards. Evans has 79 tackles (48 solo), a half-sack and one fumble recovery through 13 games.
Evans had nine tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 30-24 win over the Ravens.
Evan posted his sixth game of the season with at least seven tackles. Though the third-year pro doesn't boast much upside in terms of sacks, defensed passes or other such statistics, his consistent weekly tackle numbers provide him a safe floor in IDP leagues.
Evans tallied nine tackles in the team's Week 5 win over the Bills.
Evans led the team in tackles, also recording his highest mark of the campaign. He remained on the field for 74 percent of the team's defensive snaps, third among the Titans' linebacker corps behind Harold Landry and Jayon Brown. Through four contests, Evans has 24 tackles and one fumble recovered.
Evans recorded seven tackles (six solo) across 63 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
Evans was ejected early in Week 1's win over Denver, but he made his presence felt throughout the duration of the game Sunday while checking in third on the team in tackles. The veteran linebacker played in 84 percent of the team's defensive snaps during the contest.
Evans has been ejected from Monday's game versus the Broncos after throwing a punch at the Broncos' Jake Butt, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Evans' departure leaves a major hole in the middle of the Titans defense and could result in a suspension if the league deems it bad enough. David Long and Will Compton are the primary candidates to see extra snaps in his absence.
Evans has been physical in practice to begin training camp, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Evans had a breakout 2019 season, finishing second on the team with 111 tackles. He appears ready to build on that performance, as he has been impressive to began camp, setting the tone with his physical play. With veterans such as Logan Ryan and Jurrell Casey no longer with the team, Evans could emerge as a leader in the defensive unit in 2020.
Evans recorded 111 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery across 16 games for the Titans in 2019.
Evans broke out in his second professional season, finishing second on the team in tackles behind only Logan Ryan. He also recorded the first sacks of his career, though he also showed his ability to make plays in the backfield by managing 11 tackles for loss. Evans will enter his third season as key piece of the Titans' defense and will seek to take another step forward.
Evans (foot) is officially active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City.
Evans logged three straight limited practices leading up to the game, but he was cleared ahead of Sunday's matchup. Now healthy, the second-year pro will assume his usual starting role at inside linebacker.
Evans (foot) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Kansas City, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com repots.
Evans logged three straight limited practices this week. If cleared to suit up this weekend, he'll draw his usual start at inside linebacker.
Evans was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Evans appears to have sustained the injury during the divisional-round win over Baltimore, a game in which he generated seven tackles (six solo). The 2018 first-round pick will have two more chances to practice without restrictions ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.
Evans recorded five tackles in the team's Week 17 victory over the Texans.
Evans wasn't particularly productive in the regular-season finale, though he still played on 85 percent of defensive snaps. For the season, he logged 111 tackles, over double the mark of 53 he posted as a rookie in 2018. Though he'll look to lead Tennessee on a deep playoff run, Evans could be set to take another step forward in 2020, emerging as a leader of the defense in his third season.
Evans notched seven tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Saints.
Evans has now registered seven tackles in two consecutive contests. The 2018 first-round pick now has 106 tackles (65 solo) and 2.5 sacks across 15 games.
Evans made seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
That marks Evans' highest total in his last four games and equals his output from the previous two contests combined. The 2018 first-round pick's next tackle will be his 100th of the season.
Evans registered five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Evans' tackle numbers had been sluggish since Tennessee's Week 11 bye, so it was good to see them tick back up. He'll have a shot to get to 100 on Sunday against the Texans.
Evans tallied three tackles (one solo) and a sack in Sunday's 42-20 win over the Jaguars.
Evans contributed to the Titans' rout of the Jaguars with his second sack in as many games, though he ultimately logged a season low in tackles.
Evans totaled seven tackles -- including one sack -- in the team's Week 10 win over the Chiefs. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Evans had his lowest tackle total since Week 1 but found plenty of other ways to make an impact on the game. His biggest came midway through the second quarter, when he scooped up a Damien Williams fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown. However, he also added a sack late in the fourth quarter that ultimately gave the Titans the opportunity to complete their game-winning drive. Evans has been a leader on the team's defense throughout the season, finding a way to impact the game on a weekly basis.
Evans racked up nine tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Panthers.
Evans has now amassed at least eight or more tackles in six consecutive contests with a Week 10 matchup against the Chiefs looming, while quarterback Patrick Mahomes' (knee) status remains up in the air.
Evans racked up 12 tackles with one tackle for a loss in Week 8 against Tampa Bay.
Evans has now recorded at least 10 tackles in four of his last five games, bringing his season total to 67. He's also proven to be a stalwart in the middle of the Titans' defense, staying on the field for more than 80 percent of defensive snaps in four consecutive games and all but two contests for the season.
|Mon 09/14||@ DEN||W 16-14||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/20||vs JAC||W 33-30||6||1||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ MIN||W 31-30||4||3||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tue 10/13||vs BUF||W 42-16||6||2||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||vs HOU||W 42-36||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs PIT||L 24-27||2||3||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||@ CIN||L 20-31||3||4||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs CHI||W 24-17||1||3||4||0.5||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 11/12||vs IND||L 17-34||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ BAL||W 30-24||5||4||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ IND||W 45-26||3||1||4||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs CLE||L 35-41||3||3||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ JAC||W 31-10||6||2||8||0||0||2||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs DET||W 46-25||5||3||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||@ GB||L 14-40||3||2||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ HOU||W 41-38||3||1||4||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/10||vs BAL||L 13-20||5||4||9||0||0||0||0||0|
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