The Bengals defense has been plagued with injuries since the beginning of training camp. Different guys have had to step in and step up week after week. Some of them have been picked up from free agency having to learn the defense on a week’s notice, while others have gotten their first NFL start prematurely. This week, leading into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been no different. With the inactive rookie Kirkpatrick, the doubtful status of Clements and Allen, and the questionable status of Hall, the defensive backfield has been battered to the point of needing to make yet another call to an inexperienced player to suit up and help his team.
After the re-signing of S Chris Crocker this week, the Bengals still found themselves in need of another man to fill the void of the injured players on the team. Marvin Lewis’s “next man up” this week comes from the practice squad, in the form of Chris Lewis-Harris, an undrafted CB from Tennessee-Chattanooga. Though he is being called up mostly as an insurance policy for the team this Sunday, he looks to get his first NFL start of the regular season. So, who is Chris Lewis-Harris? With all of the new faces coming in and out of the defense this year, it is hard to keep up. Here are some things you should know:
While attending Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia, Lewis-Harris was named AP first team All-State defensive back in Georgia’s Class 5A. He was also the Cobb County Defensive Back of the Year and helped his team get to the second round of the playoffs. Not only did he play in the backfield for the Spartans, he also played at wide receiver.
In college, at Tennessee-Chattanooga, he was red-shirted his first year in 2007 and finally took the field in his freshman season in 2008. During his freshman season, he played in 12 games with 6 starts. Lewis-Harris had 32 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 6 pass break ups.