Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back James Wilder Jr. (32) runs with the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the CIncinnati Bengals in Undrafted Free Agency


The Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the league’s best teams in terms of undrafted free agency in recent years. Players like Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur figure to play big roles in the 2014 season and beyond. The 2014 crop of undrafted players have mostly been signed and the Bengals have added some guys that they think have a possible NFL future. Here’s a look at who they’ve added.

James Wilder JR-Running Back: At 6’3″ and 230 lbs, Wilder has the size and strength to be a terrific power back. He also has some quickness and suddenness with his cuts. However, he has never been more than a complimentary back and his running style could make injuries an issue.

Isaiah Lewis-Safety: This former teammate of Darqueze Dennard is undersized for the safety position, but is a smart player who does a good job at reading and reacting. He’ll need work in coverage, but there’s a solid base to build from.

Ryan Hewitt-Fullback: Hewitt does everything well. He’s a good receiver, and blocks well in both the run and passing games. He doesn’t have great speed, and isn’t big, but he could find a home in Cincinnati, as they don’t have a fullback now.

Jeff Scott-Running Back: In contrast to Wilder, Scott is a diminutive speedster who will hope to catch on as a special teamer. He returned kicks at Ole Miss.

Trey Hopkins-Offensive Guard: Hopkinds is an experienced starter, with time spent at both guard and tackle at Texas. He showed good strength at his workout.

Dan France-Offensive Guard: Another prospect with experience both inside and outside on the line. He also has three years starting experience.

Curtis Feigt-Offensive Tackle

Kevin Palmer-Offensive Lineman

James Davidson-Defensive End

Alex Neutz-Wide Receiver

Colin Lockett-Tight End

Nikita Whitlock-Fullback

 

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  • Adam Bullock

    Palmer was reported to the Cardinals and Jimmy Bennett was reported the the Bengals. However Bennett and Scott haven’t signed by the time of the release of the official signed UDFA list.

  • David Petrocelli

    Excited for James Wilder, if he can keep his head on straight. He’ll need time to adjust but I’m not concerned about his running style nor his time splitting carries. Quite frankly splitting carries means he has less mileage on his as of now and it happens in the NFL relentlessly anyway so if anything he is already use to the concept. Running hard isn’t a concern to me because running backs do it all the time. If he hasn’t been hurt yet, I have as much concern for him as I do any other hard running guy that an injury could simply occur.