Speaking to the media yesterday, Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis pointed out some first and second-year players who he expects to make some noise once training camp opens next week:
I think George Iloka has had a fine spring. We’re excited about Devon (Still) and Brandon (Thompson). They had great learning experiences after not playing much as rookies.
Iloka, a fifth-rounder out of Boise State in 2012, didn’t see much action last year other than spot duty on special teams, but safeties typically take a year to fully grasp Mike Zimmer’s defensive system, and with the Bengals’ lack of depth at the position, he figures to get on the filed a lot more in 2013, and could be a darkhorse contender for a starting strong safety spot
Iloka is a freak specimen at 6-foot-4, 225 with 34 1/2-inch arms, and possesses the size to become a matchup player against the NFL’s more athletic tight ends, so there’s reason to believe he has the best chance to see his playing time increase the most of any 2012 draftee.