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    Jed DeMuesy‏ @Local12Jed 2h2 hours agoMore

    Marvin Lewis said today Joe Mixon visited close to half the teams in the NFL. But only four were willing to draft him??

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    Jed DeMuesy‏ @Local12Jed 3h3 hours agoMore

    Coach Lewis said he thinks this is the first time he's ever coached a father and a son re: Hardy Nickerson Sr.. and Jr. @Local12

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    intriguing that at least 12 teams were trying to sign him after the draft.

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    Glance at 2017 CFA class

    Posted 8 hours ago

    A glance at the Bengals college free agent class as rookie minicamp opened Friday

    Penn State's Brandon Bell (11) made fans glad in Happy Valley.

    LB BRANDON BELL, 6-1, 228, Penn State _ Productive, leader (team captain) and crowd favorite in four years at Penn State ... Second on team with 75 tackles in 2016 despite missing four games with injury ... Played biggest in big games, logging double-digit tackles in 2016 wins over Ohio State (18), Michigan State (18) and Big Ten Championship game comeback over Wisconsin (13) ... Had an INT in Rose Bowl thriller vs. USC that helped set up TD ... Ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at pro day …

    TE/FB CETHAN CARTER, 6-3, 241, Nebraska _ Smooth and talented athlete with high ceiling ... Aggressive and experienced after four years in Huskers’ run-heavy offense ... Honorable-mention All-Big Ten as senior despite missing three games and most of a fourth with elbow injury ... Career 59 catches, 744 yards (13.9) and four TDs ... Also logged five carries for 82 yards and TD ... Football state champion in high school as well as standout on basketball team ... Ran 4.68 in the 40 at the NFL Combine …

    S DEMETRIOUS COX, 6-0, 200, Michigan State _ Productive player and team captain from defensive backfield that produced likes of Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes ... Totaled 166 career tackles, 14 pass break-ups, four INTs and two fumble recoveries ... Versatile athlete switched in college between cornerback (nine starts) and safety (16 starts) ... All starts senior season were at safety, which is where Bengals will look at him ... Also productive special teams player for the Spartans ... Accomplished multi-sport athlete in high school as two-way star in football and 1,000-point scorer in basketball... Ran 4.55 in the 40 at pro day …

    WR KAREL HAMILTON 6-1, 199 Samford _ Hamilton led nation in catches per game with 10 and second with 126 yards per game … racked up 111 catches for season … extremely productive with nearly 1,400 yards and 14 TDs … holds school career records for receptions (279) and receiving yards (3,803), and tied for career record TDs (31) … Ran 4.61 40 at his pro day.

    FB DARRIN LAUFASA, 6-0 250 Texas El-Paso _ Started last 37 straight games and 44 for his career … Aaron Jones followed Laufasa’s blocking for school single-season rushing record 1,773 yards on way to setting UTEP

    S’s all-time record … As a team UTEP averaged 186 yards rushing and scored 20 rushing TDs … Brother Corey played at Washington State and is member of UTEP strength and conditioning staff … born in America Samoa …

    OT LANDON LECHLER 6-7, 310 North Dakota State _ Classic size for Bengals tackle … Started 45 games at right tackle in last three seasons … In 2015 his offensive line ranked first in FCS time of possession (36:38) and third with 329 first downs … As sophomore started all 16 Games in rotation … In that 2014 season his O-line ranked first in FCS allowing just 3.38 tackles for loss per game while generating school-record 6,916 total yards …All-state basketball player in high school who scored 1,000 career points … Played some tight end in high school…

    WR MONTY MADARIS 6-0, 196 Michigan State _ Hometown call … One of Moeller High school greats … A Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year … Coming out of Moeller rated 26th best receiver in country by … 24th best prospect in Midwest by … 34 games with 11 starts in East Lansing … Named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week with five catches for 85 yards in opening win over Furman this year … Saved first career TD catch for fourth quarter vs. Michigan this season … Played a little cornerback in 2015 …

    LB HARDY NICKERSON, Jr. 5-11, 232 Illinois _ Now Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis feels really old … Nickerson is son of player he coached during first season in NFL in 1992 with Steelers … Nickerson the elder went to five Pro Bowls during 16 season with four clubs … Nickerson the younger graduate transfer from Cal when the elder became Illinois defensive coordinator … Tackling machine … Sideline-to-sideline guy … Young Hardy finished career with 353 tackles, sixth among active players, second among active FBS … had 14 tackles at Michigan last season … intercepted two passes against Purdue …. Ran 4.78-second 40 at combine … 4.74 at pro day …
    OL KENT PERKINS 6-5, 320 Texas _ Had good numbers at his pro day with 35 reps of 225 pounds, which would have led O-linemen at the scouting combine … Also went 30.5 inches vertical and 8-11 in broad jump … 34 career starts, 22 at right guard and 12 at right tackle … before moving inside for all 10 games this past season …Helped running back D’Onta Foreman lead nation in rushing while Longhorns finished 19th in country with 239.3 rushing yards per game … Named to USA Today’s first team All-USA while at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas …

    OL DUSTIN STANTON 6-5, 300 Oregon State _ Captain … Pac-12 All-Academic first team … Started college career as tight end … Moved to tackle as red-shirt freshman … 30 career starts … 21 at RT … Nine at RG … Many teams reportedly believe has center potential … Last season started three at RT and nine at RG while Beavers set school rushing record … Last18 reps of 225 pounds at pro day …Trained for pro day with former Giants TE Kevin Bass and took some snaps with former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe … Three-year captain at Lakewood High School in Marysville, WA … Father Marty played at Eastern Washington …

    Josh Tupou figures to hear Domata Peko comparisons.

    NT JOSH TUPOU 6-3, 353 Colorado _ Scouts love brute force in middle and quickness off ball … Great motor … In middle of nation’s No. 13 defense with 46 tackles, 1.5 sacks in 460 snaps … season-high seven tackles vs. Oregon … 28 reps of 225 at pro day … He’ll draw comparisons to former Bengals nose tackle Domata Peko … Great lineage … Three cousins played college football at same time, including two in the Pac-12. Mo Latu at Arizona State, Walton Taumoepeau at New Mexico State and Siosifa Tufunga at Washington … Uncle is former Colorado defensive tackle Vili Maumau, who played defensive tackle from 1994-97 for the Buffaloes and in the NFL with Broncos …

    RB JARVEON WILLIAMS 5-8, 202 Texas-San Antonio _Captain … Led five-year-old program to first postseason with New Mexico Bowl bid … 775 yards as senior after break-out junior year … Held to minus-1 rushing yards on 10 carries vs. Arizona State, but caught five passes for 81 yards ... In 2015 went for 181 yards on just 19 carries in 30-27 win over Charlotte as he became school’s first 1,000-yard rusher with 1,042 yards … Honorable Mention Conference USA as junior …Ran 4.66 at his pro day …San Antonio columnist Tim Griffin observed, “After coming to UTSA as a recruiting afterthought, Williams has developed into a stalwart … His four-year career has helped him mature as a student, team leader, father and role model in the community.” …

    Stanley Williams is a Baby Boom from the Bluegrass.

    RB STANLEY WILLIAMS _ 5-7, 190 Kentucky _ Fan favorite in Lexington …. Got nickname “Boom,” with big runs and passionate play … Went pro early after three seasons rung up 2,513 yards on gaudy 6.8 per … No. 7 on school’s all-time rushing list … Went for 1,170 yards this past season on 6.8 per pop for seven TDs … All 19 career kick returns for 26.9-yard average came freshman year … Ran 4.51-second 40 at combine … 4.52 40 at pro day …

    _Pete Schramm contributed

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    Quick hits: Lawson meets SAM; Lewis nixes Billy-Ross race; Mixon talks 28

    Posted 5 hours ago

    John Ross got a challenge before he even stepped foot on the field.

    The Bengals had Auburn pass rusher Carl Lawson as their No. 1 guy on their third day draft board in the fourth round for his attitude as much as his talent . He’s known as a no-nonsense, tough, all-out player, and that came through loud and clear Friday morning when he came back into the locker room after his first NFL walk-through.

    They lined up the 6-2, 261-pound Lawson at SAM linebacker and gave him former middle linebacker Rey Maualuga’s No. 58. The club is checking out Lawson’s versatility as a 4-3 backer after he was a lineman that dropped occasionally in the Tigers’ 3-4 because they already know he can rush the passer with his hand on the ground at defensive end as a nickel pass rusher. And he may very well end up on the defensive line for good.

    But now is the time to see what they’ve got, which is a pretty fast guy that ran 4.67 seconds in the 40 yards at the NFL scouting combine.

    “This is my job and what they want and I’ll work to end up being the best at what I do,” Lawson said. “I’m ready to work.”

    How tough is this guy? He took out his father’s knee and Carl Lawson The Elder played 15 games at fullback for Georgia Tech from 1989-90.

    “I hurt his knee. It was bad. You can ask him,” Lawson said. “I was 12, 13. He was talking, ‘Here, I’m the fullback. I’ll block you up.’ It didn’t turn out so well. He never tried to block me again.”

    His son never thought about playing offense (“strictly defense”) and, besides, “Fullbacks are fading out real fast.”

    Lawson flashed in his first practice with a quick initial step. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said the plan is to put him at backer half the time and at pass rusher, most likely on the edge, half the time. Guenther was not only effusive about Lawson (“smart kid”), but the rest of the linebackers.

    “Since I’ve been here it’s one of the best groups overall on our side of the ball,” Guenther said, “as far as not making many mistakes.”

    Five years ago Emmanuel Lamur made the club after he arrived at this camp as a try-out linebacker. Also on Guenther’s watch, Vontaze Burfict, and Vincent Rey are current linebackers who made the roster as undrafted free agents. This year there are eyes on Houston linebacker Steven Taylor’s try-out camp. Illinois middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson and versatile Brandon Bell of Penn State have signed as undrafted free agents and also fit the “smart category.”

    Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has seen it before from Nickerson. He repeated the story after Friday’s practice how Nickerson’s father, five-time Pro Bowler Hardy, helped shape his career when he coached him and the Steelers linebackers in his first year in the NFL in 1992.

    “I told young Hardy I likely wouldn’t be here without his father. His father tested me as a coach to be right,” Lewis said. “He was an outstanding player. Smart. And his son shows the same attributes out there after being around him for a day and a half.”

    Seventh-rounder Mason Schreck of Buffalo works on the first day rookie minicamp under the watchful eye of tight ends coach Jon Hayes.

    SLANTS AND SCREENS: Reds speed king Billy Hamilton pitched a 40-yard showdown with Bengals first-round pick John Ross. But Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis threw out the idea with an unassisted double play.

    “Hopefully one day they’ll be able to meet and have a laugh about it,” Lewis said after Friday’s practice. “But I don t think (either) one … needs to risk their careers in some kind of a race.”

    Ross, who broke the NFL scouting combine 40-yard dash record, can’t practice until August as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

    “John is not a circus act,” Lewis said. “He’s a football player. Billy is a fine baseball player and a great guy. And he’s having a good season."

    But it won't include a race with Ross. And even before practice when he was asked about it, Ross seemed to sense it wouldn't go over well with the head man.

    “Right now I’m just focused on becoming a Bengal,” Ross said. “I’m not sure what the future holds. If we want to do something for the community later for charity that would be awesome. Right now I’m just focused on being a football player.”Ross actually played Hamilton’s position, center field, at his high school in Long Beach, Calif. But just his freshman year. Yes, he could catch. But one of the reasons he quit is he found defense boring because, “No one hit it out here very much.” Plus, “I couldn’t hit.” He stole some bases and never got caught, "but it was hard for me to get on base." ...

    _Second-rounder Joe Mixon is lockering next to Ross this camp and wants no part of any races even though he’s a running back that clocked 4.46 in his pro day 40. But he has an idea who would win.

    “My man right here,” Mixon said. “I’m all in.”

    Former Oklahoma great running back Arian Peterson is all in on Mixon. He texted Mixon after the draft wishing him well and Mixon switched his number from 34 to Peterson’s 28.

    “Growing up I liked Adrian Peterson and tried to model my game after him,” said Mixon, who met Peterson a few times on campus …

    Mixon is rooming with undrafted Kentucky running back Boom Williams and after going over the playbook Thursday night they settled down to play some Madden. Mixon used the Cardinals and running back David Johnson and Williams went for Miami and Jay Ajayi.

    But Williams had a rough start to his pro career. He pulled a hamstring in the first half hour of work Friday and is done for the weekend ...

    Memphis kicker Jake Elliott wore No. 3, the number of the man who called his name in the fifth round and is the Bengals only 1,000-point scorer in Jim Breech. The 5-6, 160-pound Breech used a lot of golfing principles in his game, but the 5-9, 167-pound Elliott played tennis in high school in Western Springs, Ill., before he fell into kicking.

    It started when he was randomly picked out of the crowd as a freshman at a pep rally to kick a field goal and he hit the 30-yarder well enough that the football coach asked if he’d be interested in coming out. Elliott didn’t think anything more about it as he got engulfed by tennis and basketball. But during his junior year the football coaches were desperate for a kicker and pulled him off the tennis courts at the recommendation of a friend, the long-snapper. He did well enough that they told him to come back the next day if he wanted to play and he did …

    Never has special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons had so many kickers around a camp. There is Elliott and Jonathan Brown, the former Louisville soccer star back for another chance after getting hurt early last spring. Also on the field this weekend is Shayne Graham, the club's second all-time leading scorer. Graham, who retired as a Bengal a few months ago, is a special teams coach at Central Michigan and took the weekend to watch Simmons and help him out ...

    _Other guys who flashed were fourth-rounder Josh Malone, a wide receiver from Tennessee, and Mason Schreck, a tight end from Buffalo. The 6-3, 208-pound Malone, showing smooth routes and a burst that continually got him open deep, probably had the most catches of the wide receivers.

    And that's hard to do given Friday is the first day they've put eyes on each other. The two QBs were of the try-out variety, East Carolina's Phillip Nelson and Michigan State's Tyler O'Connor. It's believed Nelson is the first Pirates quarterback to work here since Jeff Blake made 66 starts as a Bengal in the '90s ...

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    Good to hear that Malone is getting singled out. Can't have enough big fast guys at WR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    Jim OwczarskiVerified account @JimOwczarski 2h2 hours agoMore

    So, like everyone says: Marvin Lewis not a fan of the idea of footraces between fast athletes. #Bengals #Reds

    Jed DeMuesy‏ @Local12Jed 2h2 hours agoMore

    Marvin Lewis shot down the John Ross Billy Hamilton race. Hard. Shot it down very hard. I doubt it happens if he has a say #Bengals

    The do it before he signs his contract.


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