The Cincinnati Bengals are the poster-child of teams who like to build and promote from within. Most of their prime talent comes from the NFL Draft and years of developing them into quality NFL players.
And when someone goes down with injury, they often have an adequate backup either on the roster or sitting on the practice squad, ready to come in and provide a decent amount of snaps and not be a liability to the team.
It appears as though that’s the approach they’re taking with their linebacker depth after Emmanuel Lamur went down with a season-ending shoulder injury in the final week of the preseason:
Maualuga talking about how Mays clones Lamur in nickel
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) September 4, 2013
For those hoping to see Mays play some LB, looks like it might happen out of necessity
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 4, 2013
Now, whether this works or not is another question. If the Bengals don’t feel comfortable playing Mays at linebacker after a week or two, look for either J.K. Schaffer to get called up from the practice squad, or a free gent linebacker to be brought in.