#75 Devon Still, Defensive Tackle
College: Penn State
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Experience: 1 Year
After a rookie season that can be best described as a redshirt year, defensive tackle Devon Still figures to see a jump in playing time just from the fact that Pat Sims left via free agency this offseason. The former Penn Ste Nittany Lion was getting a healthy amount of snaps during the first-half of the 2012 season, but once Sims returned from the PUP list in the second-half of last year, Still went from getting about 10-15 snaps per game, to being a gameday inactive in the last eight games and for Wild Card playoff. Still finished his rookie season with 14 tackles, 1 forced fumble and half a sack.
Coming out of Penn State in the 2012 NFL Draft, Still fell to the Bengals at pick no. 53 in the second round, ending a surprising fall for a player who was regarded by many as a first-round talent.
Head coach Marvin Lewis said Still fell because of his inconsistent level of play, and he needs to take it upon himself to go hard on every play, because NFL scouts didn’t see that from him in college.
“People were questioning the consistency of his play,” Lewis said. “You have to play hard every snap and we’ve got to get that consistency out of him.”