Joe Reedy is reporting that Ken Hamlin wasn’t the only veteran player visiting Cincy today. Former Giant C.C. Brown, a safety, and former Green Bay Packer DeShawn Wynn, a running back, were in town as well. The safety position warrants more attention because the Bengals still need another one. Chinedum Ndukwe can serve as an adequate backup strong safety, bu the struggles in pass coverage. Hamlin would be a nice addition because pass coverage is reportedly his strength. Here’s what ESPN’s Scouts Inc. Scouting Report has to say about Hamlin.
“Hamlin was not as active in 2008 but remains a solid free safety. He is a tall, slender player with good strength and athleticism. He is a tough and can be physical filling the alley as a run-support player. He is a solid open-field tackler, maintaining proper body positioning and techniques on contact. Hamlin is best in off zone coverage but can handle man coverage if necessary.”
And here is the ScoutsInc. Scouting Report on Brown:
Brown has been a starter for each of his previous four years in the NFL. He missed most of the 2008 season when he was put on IR for a broken arm late in September. His is an above-average sized safety with good striking power and explosiveness when tackling in the hole. He is an instinctive player who is quick to key and diagnose and takes good angles to get to the ball. He plays with a lot of energy and is not timid about inserting himself to make the play in the hole. Brown is more effective the closer he lines up to the line of scrimmage and can struggle in coverage. He has three interceptions in his career, one in each of his first three years, so Brown’s definitely not a ball hawk. He is adequate in his pedal to extend the cushion but tends to come out of his pedal in stages and will loose relationship to receivers in transition. He has a marginal burst to close on the ball once he gets realigned and shows just adequate ball skills when in position to make a play on the ball. He has adequate route recognition but does not look natural when trying to read the quarterback’s eyes to get a jump on the ball.”
In honor of C.C.’s visit, allow me to introduce another famous C.C. Make that C and C.