Man in the Middle

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October 9, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the first quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Bengals beat the Jaguars 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE



There is some debate over the Bengals middle linebacker position. Some think Rey Maualuga has what it takes, while others think that it may be time to move on. That happens a lot with fans. If they feel under whelmed, they are ready for the next new thing. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. That certainly holds true when discussing Rey Maualuga.

When Maualuga was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Dhani Jones was the incumbent at Rey’s natural position of MLB. This caused him to play the SAM (strong side linebacker), a position that he had not played before. Maualuga still performed well in the 15 games he started and played. His numbers were not earth shattering, but he put up solid numbers for a rookie, especially one that was playing a new position in the NFL.

His second season saw him continue to improve. He was getting more comfortable in his new position and his play on the field reflected that. He was beginning to resemble the player Bengals fans were hoping for. He was still learning and adjusting

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