Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fullback Chris Pressley (36) reacts during warm up drills before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Pressley: Keeping the Fullback Alive in Cincinnati

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If you’re looking for a single reason why the Bengals are now riding a four-game winning streak after suffering a four-game losing streak prior to that, you won’t find one, as the entire team has drastically improved it’s play over that span, leading the Bengals to go from 3-5 to 7-5 and right back in the thick of the NFL playoff race.

However, their is one thing that has helped directly contribute to the improved running game, defense, and overall offense efficiency. During yesterday’s 20-13 win over the Chargers, starting fullback Chris Pressley was in for 13 snaps (17%), and over the past four weeks, the former Wisconsin Badger has received double-digit snaps in every game after getting just four snaps (5%) in the Bengals’ last loss to the Denver Broncos.

While a lot of praise needs to go around this team for their resent play in the midst of a four-game winning streak, it’s becoming evident the getting Pressley in more to lead block for BenJarvus Green-Ellis is opening up the run game more, providing a more balanced offense, taking less pressure of second-year QB Andy Dalton, and allowing the offense to eat up clock while the Bengals defense stays fresh on the sidelines. It’s no secret the fullback position has become nearly extinct in today’s NFL, but as long as Pressley can keep helping improve the running game, it will live on in Cincinnati.


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