Last week I looked at which NFL rookies the Bengals need to watch out for in the first 8 games of the season. Lets continue our look at which rookies could be working themselves into bigger roles, working their way up depth charts, and who the Bengals need to watch out for.
Week 9 – TE Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins Another tight end makes the list, but it’s for good reason. After drafting Sims in the 4th round, reports out of Dolphins OTA’s are that the TE was impressive and took several first team reps. Sims is your prototype built tight end at 6’5, 260 lbs with 10 ½ inch hands. He has been limited by injuries and missed 3 games last year but still managed to catch 36 balls despite being the Spartans blocking TE. Bengals, watch out!
Week 10 – NT Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens At 6’1, 335 lbs Brandon Williams is built like a fire hydrant and in the third round, the Ravens took the Missouri Southern NT to be just that. Williams, unlike current Ravens NT Terrence Cody, also has some pass rush ability recording 27 career sacks. Depending on who is the Bengals starting center at this point in the season, Williams could have a big game disrupting the run and pass. He’s not hard to miss but the Bengals need to make sure Andy Dalton isn’t having to bench press Williams off of him.
Week 11 – LB Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns The Browns didn’t exactly have a franchise changing draft but they did get a couple of players that could contribute early. Mingo reminds me of Aaron Maybin coming out, he more than likely will be a situational pass rusher this year behind Jabaal Sheard. Mingo wasn’t overly productive at LSU, and he is another conversion guy, drafted in the top 10. He could have a rookie year similar to the Seahawks Bruce Irvin, but time will tell if potential meets reality for him in at the NFL level.