With Rey Maualuga and Michael Boley out, Rey has now stated the past two games for the Bengals, and looks like a player who’s entrenched himself into the rotation at LB going forward.
“That’s as good a game as you could possibly have as a middle linebacker,” cornerback Chris Crocker said. “The kid stepped up. It’s too bad we couldn’t get the win for him.”
“I feel like I’ve been learning,” Rey said. “The biggest thing I’ve learned from my fellow defensive players — Vontaze and Reggie Nelson — is go to the next play. Sometimes I get down on myself, but we have some leaders on this team that pick me up with I’m down. And it’s my responsibility to pick other guys up, too.”
These past two weeks have been tough to stomach for the Bengals, but the emergence of Rey is a nice bright spot going forward, especially for a LB corps that was viewed as weakness coming into the season.If the Bengals can come out of their Week 13 bye week with a healthy Maualuga, this unit suddenly looks like a strength on a defense that still figures to finish in the top-12 squad in the NFL by season’s end.