- Aug 1, 1997
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- Sunset, La
Jahri Evans wasn't in the New Orleans Saints' plans for 2016 until September.
First, the team cut Evans in February to free salary cap. Then, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in August.
The Saints offensive line struggled in the preseason, and when the Seahawks cut Evans after the preseason, New Orleans took advantage of an opportunity to reunite with the longtime right guard less than a week before the season opener.
It was the start of a feel-good comeback story for one of the top offensive linemen in franchise history, and the ending is significantly better considering how he's played.
"Knowing now what we're getting from him, if I knew that back then, he'd have been, shoot, going through our minicamp (and) training camp," coach Sean Payton said Thursday after saying Evans has been better than he expected in September. "I've been impressed and excited with how he's playing."
Evans is excited about how he's played, too, and with him back at right guard, the Saints have had one of the top offensive lines in the league this year.
By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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