Coach Pete Carroll said Evans will compete at both guard positions, but the team wanted to get a first look at him at left guard.
RENTON — The last time new Seahawks offensive lineman Jahri Evans played a position other than right guard he was in college at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. That was a decade ago.
But during his first practice since signing with the Seahawks on Saturday, Evans played left guard, the position held by Mark Glowinski right now.
“It’s really new to me,” Evans said. “But that’s all I’ve been doing since I’ve been here.”
Evans, who turns 33 later this month, hasn’t been promised a starting job. Coach Pete Carroll said Evans will compete at both guard positions, but the team wanted to get a first look at him at left guard. Evans said he trained a little at left guard this offseason.
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The Seahawks want to see how, where and if he fits in along their retooled offensive line. Part of that is trying him at a new position despite his impressive resume at right guard: six Pro Bowl selections and four first-team All Pro selections.
The natural reaction to Evans’ signing was to think the Seahawks would move rookie Germain Ifedi to tackle, where he played in college at Texas A&M. Carroll said that Ifedi would get time at tackle before training camp is over, but Carroll said they wanted Ifedi to focus on guard right now.
As with every player late in their career, the question with Evans is how much he has left in the tank. Pro Football Focus wrote that Evans had an “average” season last year. But Evans was clear on how he viewed himself.
“I feel great,” he said. “I still feel like I’m a top guard in this league, if not the best.”
The Seahawks aren’t counting on Evans to play at that level. Coach Pete Carroll said he really liked Evans’ experience and leadership. Carroll called it a “real interesting opportunity.”
“Right now, he’s competing for playing time,” Carroll said. “To have a guy like that, with that kind of experience to mix with our group, we’re very fortunate.”
Evans said he visited “two or three teams” and had phone calls with a few others.
“They chose other guys, so I’m glad they did,” Evans said.
He later added, “You all know the success around here and what the goal is, but I definitely wanted to be a part of something like that.”