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    Ryan Hewitt is hoping for a bigger role under Bill Lazor

    Ryan Hewitt is hoping for a bigger role under Bill Lazor

    Ryan Hewitt hasn’t been very involved after signing a contract extension with the Bengals prior to the 2016 season, but he hopes that changes with Bill Lazor overhauling the offense.

    By PatrickJudis@PatrickJudis Jun 8, 2018, 7:00am EDT

    Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

    The Bengals gave Ryan Hewitt a contract extension in 2016 to keep him in stripes until after the 2019 season. At the time, it seemed like a great deal.

    With Hue Jackson running the show, Hewitt was able to show his value as a blocker as well as in the passing game by catching 18 passes his first
    two seasons.

    Since Hewitt signed the deal, though, he has seen his dramatic cut to his playing time as well as production. He has only caught four passes the past
    two seasons while barely playing 15 percent of the available snaps.

    “I obviously have high expectations for myself and I’m a competitor, so I want to play as much as possible, but again, you can only do what is scripted for you and what you’re involved in,” Hewitt told Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m not one to go make a big deal about that. I’m going to do what I’m told. But again, I want to play as much as possible.

    “I re-signed and for a second I was thinking, hey, I might even get more involved, and it seemed like I went on the decline playing-time wise. It’s nice
    to potentially be really involved, back in playing and get some time and hopefully make some plays and get back to what I’m used to doing.”

    It is unfortunate to see a guy like Hewitt who just wants to go out and prove his worth be given so little opportunity. Obviously, Ken Zampese didn’t
    have much of a plan to use Hewitt like Jackson did. It is even more surprising when you think how Zampese didn’t have as much talent to work onto
    the field in 2016 with the loss of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu plus the injuries of Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green. It seems the Bengals new offensive
    coordinator Bill Lazor is excited about the idea of changing all that though.

    “The fullback is a lost art to some degree. We just made an emphasis from the first day of practice to have some fullback involved every day,” Lazor
    said. “I think when you’re in that position you have to be able to have some versatility, and Ryan has proven that he can play tight end. Sometimes
    you have fullbacks who can double as halfbacks. He can double as a tight end. Not a halfback yet. I feel good about him. He’s a smart guy. He’s a
    tough guy. In practice, you can see if you put him in all those roles he doesn’t blink.”

    It sounds like a bit of good and bad news for Hewitt with those comments.

    On one hand it shows that Lazor is open to the idea of having a fullback. That at least gives him a shot at the roster. It seem like Hewitt has some
    work to do to make that happen though. Adding that running back depth could be between what sees him have a larger role next season and possibly
    not making the roster altogether.

    It is interesting that Lazor wants Hewitt to be able to double as a tight end. It makes sense though as it adds depth to the roster as well as opens up
    opportunities to move him around before the snap. The more the defense has to decipher the better. Hewitt could be one of those guys who you don’t
    know where he will end up once the huddle breaks.

    “You watch what a lot of the players who played my position for his offenses, they’re very multiple-skilled guys who aren’t one-faceted blockers or
    route runners,” Hewitt said. “He kind of likes guys who can do it all, so that’s what I’m hoping I can bring to the table. Obviously I’m a little more run
    savvy, but I like to get out and catch the ball and do that thing, too. Hopefully I’m able to get some of that done this year.”

    It seems that Hewitt understands the situation he is in, and it is motivating him to get to that level of play that gets him on the field more. If he
    succeeds then the Bengals will be a better team for it.

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    Make me the boss and Hewitt doesn't make the 53 man roster...unless it's as a backup TE.

    Nothing against the guy but his meal ticket is no longer here.

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    He's an excellent lead blocker and he has great hands, why wouldn't he make the team? Who was his "meal ticket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cincity View Post
    He's an excellent lead blocker and he has great hands, why wouldn't he make the team? Who was his "meal ticket?

    Lead blocker for who? Jeremy Hill is a Patriot now and his replacement, Joe Mixon, straight up sucks running out of the I-formation. Plus, Bengals rarely run the power play since the traditional point of attack is behind ORG, one of the weakest spots on their O-line.

    Great hands? Hewitt has caught a total of 4 passes the last two seasons. He's capable of more...he caught 18 balls his first two seasons....but he won't get the chance because his playing time has always been directly linked to that of now departed Jeremy Hill.

    Judged strictly as a runner? Hewitt has never gained a single yard in the NFL as a rusher. In fact, he hasn't been given an attempt since his rookie season.

    Backup TE? Sounds good on paper but what are we talking about? Even with Eifert mostly missing in action the last two seasons Hewitt has averaged just two receptions a season. So where does Hewitt fit if Eifert, Kroft, Uzomah, and Schrek are healthy?

    Bottom Line: If you don't count special teams snaps the Bengals starting FB barely plays at all....and even then acts mostly as a decoy.


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