Backup Plan has Bengals Eyeing Senior Bowl

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The Bengals will hope to avoid the “doomsday” scenario as they look to bring in a new backup this offseason with Bruce Gradkowski‘s contract expiring. They may do that by drafting a QB who will be playing in the Senior Bowl this week. Geoff Hobson noted that Bengals QBs Coach Ken Zampese will be in Mobile this week to find the next potential backup to Andy Dalton:

Quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese won’t see Glennon work with the North until Tuesday because he plans to check out the South squad when practices open Monday on two different fields. That’s where he’ll see Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson work with Oklahoma’s Landry Jones. When he sees the North, it’s going to be Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Miami University’s Zac Dysert.

The best option may come from the state of Ohio in Miami’s own Zac Dysert, whom compares to current Steelers Pro Bowler and former Redhawk Ben Roethlisberger

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.


He’s currently projected to between the third-fourth round. With the Bengals having two second-round draft picks, don’t be surprised to see them take a QB in round-three, where Russell Wilson was selected just last year.

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