Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns are sniffing around South Carolina TE Jared Cook. A potential late first/early second round selection, Cincinnati’s interest in Cook only underscores the team’s lousy luck at tight end over the past year.
Last offseason, the Bengals signed TE Ben Utecht away from the Indianapolis Colts, only to see him limited to 10 games with sternum and foot injuries. Backup TE Daniel Coats spent the year struggling at fullback after Jeremi Johnson ate his way off the squad. Former Villanova TE Matt Sherry, taken in the sixth round on the ’08 draft, suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason opener and ended up on injured reserve. Starting TE Reggie Kelly is 32 and entering the final year of his current contract.
Cincinati is also interested in Abilene Christian RB Bernard Scott. The team has a private workout with Scott scheduled for today, and from there Scott goes to New England, where he has another private workout with the Patriots on tap for the 19th. Winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, he put up 4,321 yards in two seasons to become ACU’s all-time leading rusher. However, he is also coming off four colleges and five arrests, which has to be a huge red flag for the Bengals. Given how they have struggled to deal with troubled players over the years, I have to think looking elsewhere for a change-of-pace back might be for the best.