As things stand, Jordan Evans is absolutely on the outside looking in when it comes to making the roster. Under Marvin Lewis, the former Oklahoma Sooner linebacker saw playing time early and often, showing some potential. With Lou Anarumo now running the show on the defensive side of the ball, however, he saw his snap percent drop from 45% to 7%, indicating his time in Cincinnati is likely coming to a close.
Adding to the situation is all the new blood that can be found in the linebacker corps. Josh Bynes, Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, Markus Bailey, and Austin Calitro certainly make the room look crowded. The front office will likely only keep five or six linebackers and when accounting for the up-and-coming Germaine Pratt, it’s difficult to find a place for Evans.
Don’t expect him to go out without a fight though. He’s appeared to have put in serious work in the weight room this offseason, visibly lowering his body fat percentage and undoubtedly picking up speed in the process.
The potential the previous coaching regime saw in Evans didn’t just disappear. He’ll have to show the new staff the same promise in order to maintain his standing with the organization, however.