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    Wren Looks To Reach Peak In NFL

    Wren Looks To Reach Peak In NFL


    Dan HoardBENGALS RADIO BROADCASTER




    Gary Landers
    Cincinnati Bengals Renell Wren runs a blocking drill during an NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 10, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)




    Moments after Cincinnati selected Renell Wren in the fourth round of this year’s draft (125th overall), Bengals’ defensive line coach Nick Eason shared a nickname for the 6’5”, 318 pound tackle.

    “I call him ‘Mount Wren,’” said Eason.

    Renell digs the moniker.

    “I do,” he said with a grin. “It sets a standard for myself.”



    While ‘Mount Wren’ is a nod to Renell’s imposing physique, it could also apply to his towering potential. Dane Brugler, the NFL draft analyst for The Athletic, gave Wren a third round grade and ranked him as the 88th best player in this year’s class.

    “Wren is incredibly raw from a technical standpoint,” wrote Brugler, “but he has the snap quickness, strength and effort to develop into a disruptive NFL player on the interior, projecting as a pure upside pick.”

    The website ProFootballFocus.com also raved about Wren’s potential going into the draft, writing that Renell is “naturally gifted with great size, explosiveness, and athleticism, but he struggles with consistency.”

    The rookie out of Arizona State says he’s been getting similar feedback since arriving at Paul Brown Stadium.






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    Arizona State defensive lineman Renell Wren (95) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)








    “I talked to Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and the older veterans and they said, ‘You have the physical tools. It’s the little stuff that’s going to keep you on the field,’” said Wren.

    The St. Louis native will go into training camp competing with Andrew Billings, Ryan Glasgow, Josh Tupou, Andrew Brown, Christian Ringo, and Niles Scott for playing time at defensive tackle and potentially a starting spot next to Geno Atkins.

    “Rep by rep I have to continue to improve,” said Wren. “Whether I’m running with the ones, twos, or threes, I just have to have the mindset that whenever I’m in there I have to have an impact. Day by day I can’t be the same person. I have to keep improving.

    “This is a job now so you have to get after it. If you’re not doing your job they are going to find somebody else.”

    The top two defensive tackles in Bengals history were not high draft picks. Atkins was selected in the 4th round in 2010 and Tim Krumrie was a 10th round selection in 1983. Nobody is suggesting that Wren is a future Pro Bowler – at least not yet – but the team has high hopes that ‘Mount Wren’ can reach his peak at the NFL level.


    “I still have a lot to prove,” he said. “I love my teammates already. Coach Eason is hard on me but I know that he loves me and everything. Now it’s about making them proud.”

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    I hope Wren takes flight.

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    I hope Wren doesn't end up perched on the bench.

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    I liked what Christian Ringo flashed late last season. Quickness off the snap and initial burst was enough to keep some double teams from getting to Geno and that's as good a description of the job as any you'll find. Keep the blockers off of Geno.

    Wren can potentially do the same job as Ringo but in a more explosive 318 pound package. Can provide reps at NT too. That type of versatility will come in handy if and when injuries start eating away at the DT depth, as it always seems to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montecore View Post
    I hope Wren doesn't end up perched on the bench.
    That would only happen if things go south.

    But honestly, I don’t think he’s reached his beak yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    I liked what Christian Ringo flashed late last season. Quickness off the snap and initial burst was enough to keep some double teams from getting to Geno and that's as good a description of the job as any you'll find. Keep the blockers off of Geno.

    Wren can potentially do the same job as Ringo but in a more explosive 318 pound package. Can provide reps at NT too. That type of versatility will come in handy if and when injuries start eating away at the DT depth, as it always seems to do.
    I know you've banged the drum a bit (so to speak) for Ringo - I thought he did some good things as well, especially with this quickness in getting into the backfield on occasion and disrupting things. For that matter, Niles Scott made plays at times, too. Should be a good scrum at interior DL this summer with Geno, Billings, Glasgow coming back, Brown healthy, Mt. Wren, and Ringo and Scott.

    I don't think Ringo will ever be a Starr but you root for a guy for whom you know it don't come easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texbengal View Post
    I know you've banged the drum a bit (so to speak) for Ringo - I thought he did some good things as well, especially with this quickness in getting into the backfield on occasion and disrupting things. For that matter, Niles Scott made plays at times, too. Should be a good scrum at interior DL this summer with Geno, Billings, Glasgow coming back, Brown healthy, Mt. Wren, and Ringo and Scott.
    I liked what Ringo did but he's no lock to make the roster. Would love to see someone else step up who offers the same type of burst and explosion. It's why I wanted Ed Oliver so badly. Wren seems to have those qualities plus the size the Bengals covet.

    That said, I would expect Wren to need some time. Every scouting report you read mentions how raw he is and how poor his instincts are. Bengals sound like they've got a plan but the new staff will want to give Billings one more last chance to impress.

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    I don't think Ringo will ever be a Starr but you root for a guy for whom you know it don't come easy.
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