Bengals’ George Iloka overcoming setback. Should be ready Week 1

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This scene was prominently featured on the latest episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks, and if Taylor Mays and Shawn Williams can do enough in the next two weeks to make the coaching staff feel confident in their abilities, they may opt to keep them and dump Iloka.

“It’s unfortunate for George because he had worked himself into having a chance to be on the field, from classroom work to field work to now and understanding the playbook,” defensive backs coach Mark Carrier said. “But it’s self-inflicted. He knows that because he hears it from me every day. Every day I asked him, ‘What did you learn?’ He said, ‘Don’t be stupid.’ It’s tough for him because he understands he put himself in position to get the reps, and he put himself in the situation not to have the reps.”

 

Both Iloka and the team feel as though he’ll be ready to suit-up Week 1, assuming he’s still on the roster, which by all indications, will be the case. After being drafted out of Boise State in the fifth-round of last year’s NFL Draft, Iloka played minimal snaps on special teams, and came into this year with the expectation that he’d at least be able to get on the field more as a backup, if not, a starter.

 

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