The Bengals announced today that they’ve signed DE DeQuin Evans back to the practice squad. Evans was able to be signed onto the squad after the team released long-snapper Bryce Davis. Evans originally signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent last year after playing two seasons at the University of Kentucky, and was able to earn a spot onto the team’s practice squad. He was later suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and finished the year on the Practice Squad/Injury list with a torn labrum he suffered in November.
"Battled injuries for much of senior season at Kentucky, but proved to be playmaker in tough Southeastern Conference as junior in 2009 … Started 12 games with seven starts as senior, logging 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four tackles-for-loss and a pass defensed … Started every game as junior and led team with six sacks and 12.5 TFLs … A junior college transfer, was named team’s Most Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player … Played at Los Angeles Harbor College as freshman and sophomore, totaling 7.5 sacks and 19.5 TFLs."
In his one year with the Bengals, he’s been played at both defensive-end and middle linebacker, but really found his niche as a pass-rushing end this preseason. He displayed a strong presence in run support, and the combination of skills will likely lead him to being promoted to either the Bengals’ 53-man roster at some point, or being signed by another team in need of defensive-end help. Hopefully he finds his niche with the Bengals.