NASHVILLE – Rashaan Evans hopped on the Titans Caravan on Monday and enjoyed the ride.
The Titans linebacker posed for pictures with fans, was presented a cookie with his face on it, hopped in a Titans-themed car, and was able to experience something he wasn't able to as a rookie.
He seemed to love every minute of it.
As he heads into his second NFL season, Evans is ready to do the same on the football field. The experience of his first season should benefit him as he looks ahead. He plans to keep having fun.
"It is going to help me a lot," Evans said. "For me to be relaxed and know exactly what I want to do as far as the physical and mental part, the things I missed out on, I can now see how much I missed out on. … Now I have a chance to be around these guys and develop even more chemistry, and I think that is going to help way more.
"My season started out slow (in 2018). …. But if you can fight through those things and be able to bounce back, I think that is the No.1 thing for me and I learned that. I feel like I am more confident and more willing to do everything I have to do to be great."
Evans, the team's first-round pick in 2018 out of Alabama, finished his rookie season with 63 tackles, including two tackles for a loss. Evans was especially productive late after being slowed early in the year with a hamstring injury, which admittedly slowed his development.
This time last year, Evans was just entering the NFL. Now, he's ready for Year 2 with some new faces around him.
Evans said he wants to provide an example for the team's first-round pick in the 2019 draft – defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, a player he was fired up to see the Titans pick.
"He's a pretty big guy, that's for sure, and I'll be behind him," Evans said of Simmons. "I can only imagine the things that's going through his mind, but the one thing I do know for sure is it's an exciting experience for him and it's new.
"He's a great player. I know his game is really gritty, and he wants to go out there and prove a point. All I can do is … put him up under my wing and teach him stuff I've been through myself in my first year and play ball. …I was excited (we got him). I called my dad about it and said, 'We got a good guy.' It is definitely going to be exciting, and it just adds more fuel to our fire going into the season with our defense."
Meanwhile, Evans said he's still learning himself.
He's already watching veteran Cameron Wake, a 10-year pro who was added by the Titans in free agency. Evans said he watched Wake from afar, and now it's a thrill to watch him up close.
Evans believes Wake will make everyone better around him, which should help the Titans.
"Even when I was growing up I used to play him on video games and now to see him in person is kind of weird in a way, because I grew up watching a guy like that. He still looks like he came in his first year," Evans said of Wake.
"For him to play so many seasons, to look like he does and move like he does I want to do the same thing he does as far as his workouts. To have that type of guy in the locker room and to have his wisdom and be able to get up under his wing and talk football, I think that is going to not only help me but the rest of the team."
TitansOnline.com looks back at linebacker Rashaan Evan's 2018 rookie season. (AP Photos)