From a 4th-round pick of the Saints 2006 draft class to four straight All-Pro and Pro Bowl seasons, Jahri Evans is one of the NFL's top offensive linemen.
"When you're playing you really don't think about it as much," Evans said. "Until you get pretty high up there, going into year eight, man it flies by fast."
Head Coach Sean Payton shared high praise for Evans, "He's clearly one of our leaders on offense. He would be more of the quiet type player and leads by example. He's very strong and physical. His weight is down. He's been an anchor for us there."
Evans has steadily improved throughout his career, sometimes wowing his teammates.
"His level of play on the field is like jaw dropping at times," offensive tackle Zach Strief said.
"He's a guy that's hard to watch on tape as a young guy because you say, 'that was awesome but I can't do that'. Tremendous amount of power, and great work ethic and he's a finisher and tough, and if you wrote a list of what you want out of your guard, it's Jahri."
Evans continues to work on his craft, "Just trying to add things on year after year after year, different coaches that came in here that helped us out and added different techniques, so I can be successful on the field and me just working on those techniques, day after day to get better at them."
He is also the lone remaining starter from the Saints 2009 Super Bowl-winning offensive line.
"That's just the nature of the business," Evans said. "Guys play well, they move on to make big dollars, with other ballclubs, and it's just the nature of the team. It's such a revolving door at this level. "
Strief added, "He started every game for seven years. To play that many games in a row, he's in the 100's now, that's unbelievable, and there's a reason he's considered one of the best in the game, and he deserves it".
When asked what he was most looking forward to this season, Evans replied W's, and putting a winning team together week after week.
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