A 2011 college free agent signee from the University of Kentucky, Evans spent the last two seasons on Bengals practice squad and has opened 2013 on an NFL suspension (performance enhancing substances) ... A DE in college, he opened with the Bengals at LB but is now back at DE.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: On practice squad for Game 9 ... Prior to suspension, played in all four preseason games, with three tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 7-28-11 ... Waived 9-3-11 and signed 9-4-11 to Bengals Practice Squad ... Placed 11-14-11 on Practice Squad/Injured ... Placed 11-17-11 on Practice Squad/Suspended by Commissioner for violation of league policy on performance-enhancing substances ... Returned to team activities on Practice Squad/Injured on 12-12-11 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-9-12 ... Waived on 8-31-12, and signed on 9-5-12 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-7-13 … On 8-30-13, suspended by NFL for Games 1-8 of regular season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances … Rejoined Bengals on roster exemption on 10-28-13 … Waived on 10-29-13, and signed 10-31-13 to Bengals practice squad.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011—Played in all four Bengals preseason games ... His six tackles included two sacks for 15 yards, and he had one forced fumble ... On practice squad for Games 1-9, but suffered season-ending injury (torn labrum) Nov. 9 in practice.
2012—Played in preseason Games 1 and 4; had seven tackles with a sack ... Waived in final roster cuts and spent the full regular season on Bengals practice squad.
COLLEGE: Battled injuries for much of his senior season at Kentucky, but proved to be a playmaker in the tough Southeastern Conference as a junior in 2009 ... Started 12 games with seven starts as a senior, logging 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four tackles-for-loss and a pass defensed ... Started every game as a 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 a freshman and sophomore, totaling 7.5 sacks and 19.5 TFLs.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Long Beach, Calif. ... Attended Cabrillo High School, where he started at DE and TE ... Social work major at Kentucky ... First name is pronounced “deh-QUINN.”NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Evans did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in either 2011 or ’12 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either year.