Nick Underhill’s top three thoughts on Jahri Evans’ departure from the Saints _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Saints guard Jahri Evans

1. AN ERA IS OVER

The release of Jahri Evans is another step away from the beginning of the 2006 era. Drew Brees, Marques Colston and Zach Strief remain on the roster, but the futures of the latter two remain in doubt. Colston is closer to the end than the beginning and the Saints are hoping Andrus Peat replaces Strief.

2. FINDING REPLACEMENT PARTS

The Saints will need to locate a guard — potentially two — this offseason. The good news is the team has done well locating guys in the middle rounds of the draft and via free agency. Evans, for example, was a fourth-round pick and Tim Lelito and Senio Kelemete were picked up off the scrap heap.

3. THE PRESSURE IS ON

This places pressure on new offensive line coach Dan Roushar, who coached tight ends last season, to develop the next era of offensive linemen for the Saints. He’s not new to the job, having coached offensive linemen in college, but his role is now more critical.