Since 2009, Evans has enjoyed six of the most decorated seasons for a Saints offensive lineman. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl each of the last six seasons and is widely regarded as among the NFL’s top linemen, with the Saints finishing in the top 10 offensively each time, leading the league five times. A powerful run blocker and polished in pass protection, Evans has started all 142 games he’s appeared in for the Saints at right guard, tied for 14th on the club’s all-time games played list. In 2014, he opened all 16 contests for the NFL’s top-ranked offense. Evans was originally a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Bloomsburg.
NFL CAREER – Since 2009, Evans has enjoyed six of the most decorated seasons for a Saints offensive lineman. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl each of the last six seasons and is widely regarded as among the NFL’s top linemen, with the Saints finishing in the top 10 offensively each time, leading the league five times. A powerful run blocker and polished in pass protection, Evans has started all 142 games he’s appeared in for the Saints at right guard, tied for 14th on the club’s all-time games played list. In 2014, he opened all 16 contests for the NFL’s top-ranked offense. Evans was originally a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Bloomsburg.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a one-year contract extension, 4/1/15; Re-signed to a seven-year contract, 5/11/10; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/21/09; Signed to a three-year contract, 7/25/06; Selected in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2014: Pro Bowl; 2013: Pro Bowl, Associated Press second-team All-Pro, USA Football All-Fundamentals Team; 2012: Pro Bowl (starter), Associated Press first-team All-Pro; 2011: Pro Bowl (starter), Associated Press first-team All-Pro; PFWA/Pro Football Weekly All-NFL and All-NFC; The Sporting News All-Pro; Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line Award); Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week Nine, Offensive Line); 2010: Pro Bowl (starter), Associated Press first-team All-Pro; PFWA/Pro Football Weekly All-NFL and All-NFC; The Sporting News All-Pro, 100 Greatest Players (No. 42); Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week Six, Offensive Line). 2009: Pro Bowl (starter), Associated Press first-team All-Pro; PFWA/Pro Football Weekly All-NFL; Sporting News All-Pro; Sports Illustrated (Peter King) All-Pro; Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line Award); 2006: PFWA/Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie; Dallas Morning News All-Rookie.
2014 – Earned his sixth-consecutive Pro Bowl not after starting all 16 games, blocking for the NFL’s top-ranked offense (411.4 net yards per game) and helping quarterback Drew Brees capture the league’s passing yardage crown (tied for first in 2014) for the fifth time since 2006. Pro Bowl selections second among Saints offensive linemen behind Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle William Roaf (7) and tied for third in team history with kicker Morten Andersen and linebacker Ricky Jackson behind Brees (8) and Roaf…Helped block for an offensive unit that totaled 443 total net yards, protecting Brees, who completed 80.6% of his passes (29 of 36) for 375 yards and three TDs at Chicago, Dec. 15…Helped protect Brees, who completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4%) for 257 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30…Helped protect Brees, who threw for 311 yards and three TDs and blocked for running back Mark Ingram, who rushed for a career-high 172 yards vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26. 2013 – Started 14 regular season games and both postseason contests and was named an Associated Press second-team All-Pro and voted to the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive season…Evans and Ben Grubbs were the second Saints guard tandem selected to the Pro Bowl (Evans/Carl Nicks, 2010-11). Blocked for an offense ranked fourth in the NFL (399.4 ypg.)…Dressed, but did not play in week three vs. Arizona, Sept. 22, breaking a streak of 114 consecutive starts to open career, the longest by a Saint and second-longest games started streak in club history…Inactive (ankle) at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Vs. Dallas, Nov. 10, blocked for an offense that set an NFL record with 40 first downs and a team record with 625 total net yards. 2012 – Started all 16 games for seventh consecutive season…Consensus first-team All-Pro and voted to Pro Bowl as starter for fourth straight year.…Part of a line that gave up only 26 sacks, tied for third fewest in the NFL, giving up only 11 in the last eight games…Blocked for an offense that finished ranked second in the NFL in net yards per game (410.9) and third in scoring (28.8 ppg.). 2011 – Started all 16 regular season games for sixth consecutive season and both playoff contests…Named a consensus first-team All-Pro and voted to the Pro Bowl as starter for third straight year…Part of an offensive line that relinquished only 24 sacks during the 2011 season, tied for second fewest in the NFL, giving up only five in the last eight games…Blocked for an offense that finished ranked first in the NFL in offense as they set what was a league single-season record with 7,474 yards, capturing Madden Protectors Award for the second time in three years, in recognition of the line’s performance…An integral part of the line that helped the Saints finish with a club-record 547 points. 2010 – Started all 16 regular games for the fifth consecutive season and opened NFC Wild Card Playoff contest at Seattle…Part of one of only two NFL offensive lines to start all 16 regular season games…Consensus first-team All-Pro, and voted to Pro Bowl as starter for the second straight year…Evans and Nicks were the first Saints guard tandem to be selected to the Pro Bowl in club record books…Run and pass blocking helped Saints average 372.5 yards per game, the NFL’s sixth-highest figure…Part of an offensive line that surrendered only 26 sacks, fifth-lowest in the NFL. 2009 – Started all 16 games…Unanimous first-team All-Pro selection, and voted to Pro Bowl for the first time…One of only four guards at the time to be named to the Pro Bowl in club history, joining Jake Kupp (1969), Brad Edelman (1987) and LeCharles Bentley (2003)…The Saints also had 348 first downs and gained an NFL-best 6,461 yards, at that time both the second-highest totals in their history…The offensive line’s blocking for the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing offense enabled the Saints to set a franchise record averaging 4.5 yards per carry, the league’s seventh-highest total…Key part of a unit that allowed 20 sacks, the fourth-least in the league. In three postseason contests, the offensive front only allowed Brees to be dropped for a loss twice. 2008 – Part of a line that allowed a club-low 13 sacks on the season. The blocking by Evans and the offensive line allowed the Saints to finish first in NFL with 463 points and 6,571 yards. Started all 16 games for third straight season. 2007 – Continued solid play blocking for an offense ranked third in the NFL. Started all 16 games. 2006 – Emerged as one of line's most consistent performers in preseason and moved into lineup by early in preseason. Started all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests. First Saints offensive lineman to start every game as a rookie since Roaf (1993). First Saints guard to start every game as a rookie since Edelman (1982). First Saints rookie to start all 16 games since defensive end Darren Howard (2000)…Recovered a fumble vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 15.
COLLEGE – A Finalist for the Division II Gene Upshaw Offensive Player of the Year Award in each of his final two seasons…Anchored the Bloomsburg offensive line at LT after taking over as the starter as a sophomore…As a junior had 88 knockdowns with 10 TD-resulting blocks…Was a reserve in 2002 and redshirted in 2001…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.PERSONAL – Attended Frankford (Philadelphia, Pa.) HS…In 2009, established a full Board of Governors scholarship at Bloomsburg for in-state minority students enrolled at BU’s Master of Science in clinical athletic training program…Born Aug. 22, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pa…Did not play football before high school…Suffered a fractured leg playing basketball before senior year and missed entire season…Concentrated on academics, ended up graduating tenth in his class, and attended Bloomsburg on academic scholarship…He and his offensive line teammates sponsored holiday bike giveaways in 2009 and 2010…Participated with teammates in the 2013 United Way Hope for the Holidays campaign to raise money to construct and rehabilitate housing for those impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac…In 2013, he attended NFL Franchising Boot Camp at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Saints guard Jahri Evans met with media Thursday, Dec. 8 and previewed the offersnive lines match-up vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front seven (New Orleans Sainst Video)
Saints guard Jahru Evans met with media Friday, Dec. 2 and previewed the offensive lines match-up vs the Detroit Lions defensive front (New Orleans Saints Video)
Jahri Evans speaks to the media from Carolina on November 18, 2016.
Saints guard Jahri Evans met with media Friday, Oct. 28 and talked about the offensive line's play so far this season and the challenge they face against the Seattle Seahawks defensive front this Sunday (New Orleans Saints Video)