Still wasn’t a player who racked up tackles or pressure opposing quarterbacks in college, and he won’t be expected to be that guy in Year 2 in the NFL. He’s a guy who consistently used his 335 pounds of glory to clog up running lanes and draw double-teams to free up other defenders to make tackles close to the line-of-scrimmage. He was a key reason the Bengals were arguably the best defense in the NFL over the final eight games in 2012, and everything just mentioned will be what Still is expected to do this year.
At 32o pounds and a full 3 inches taller than sims (6’5″ to Sims’ 6’2″), he may not have the same weight, but his extra length can make him just as much of a disruptor in the middle while Geno Atkins, Vontaze Burfict and (hopefully) Rey Maualuga are racking up tackles-for-loss. That is if he can add enough strength to play nose tackle more and maintain interior leverage.
If Still cannot add the strength necessary to play nose tackle, then he’ll be left to back up the Bengals best defensive player in Geno Atkins, who doesn’t leave the field very often. That would limit Still to anywhere between 10-20 snaps per game.
For his career at Penn State, Still started 25 of 41 games at DT and notched 113 tackles with 55 solos, 10.5 sacks , and 32.5 tackles for loss.