The Importance of Bengals MLB Vontaze Burfict

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May 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Bryce Davis (48) catches a pass in front of linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (52) during mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Of the 13 linebackers on the inflated 97 man roster, 7 are either rookies, players who have never taken a snap or have less than a year on an active duty roster.  Roddrick Muckelroy played very well in 2010 on special teams making a name for himself as a top contributor but a torn achillies tendon kept him sidelined last season.  In his stead, undrafted Duke Blue Devil and University Scholar Athlete, Vincent Rey stepped in and largely accomplished the same thing in 2011, ranking fifth in special teams tackles with 9.  While both look to be competitive in making the final roster, neither have recorded a tackle outside of special teams in a regular season game.

Michah Johnson and Evan DeQuin have both been in the NFL for a year, but haven’t done enough within that time to elevate them out of a first year status.  Johnson played a few pre-season games with Kansas City but was cut and later resigned with Cincinnati in mid-December; whereas DeQuin started on the Bengals practice squad last season and moved to the PUP in November because of a torn shoulder muscle.

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  • SorianoJoe

    I think Burficit ends up being the starter at some point this season, and he deserves to, to be honest. He may be an idiot, but he’s going to tone it down in the NFL, or somebody is going to do it for him. I think Burficit is starting to understand that everything falls on him, because going from being a bona fide draft prospect to an undrafted player has to cut deep, and it could make him rethink things. Burficit is just such a great talent and a monster against the run. He really does inspire fear into opposing backs, and I saw it first hand while watching him dominate the Pac-12. He’s a gem, and I would start him, because football is a game where talent wins out on the field. Being a headcase shouldn’t affect if someone starts or not; it’s all about talent. If Burficit was a top ten pick, then he would start from day one. He should be starting for the Bengals. 
    As for Manny Lawson, he’s solid in the 4-3 because of his versatility, but I’ll miss watching him rush the passer at a crazed pace in the 3-4 in SF. I hate how people knocked him for low sack totals, because pass rushers need to pressure the quarterback, and it isn’t always about sacks.

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