Jason Allen was signed from Houston this off-season after he was given some words of encouragement from teammate and former Bengal Jonathan Joseph. Allen took Josephs words to heart and decided to ink a two-year deal with Cincinnati. Allen is a player that has been transitioned at times from cornerback to safety and has been inconsistent at times because of this. If one of the Bengals young safeties can step up and take the starting position next to Reggie Nelson, that will allow Allen to concentrate solely on cornerback which should help improve his consistency being that he only has to worry about one position. I believe that Allen has a great chance to make this squad in the upcoming season.
The last of the first round draft picks, Terence Newman was signed by the Bengals this off-season after being released from Dallas. He worked with Mike Zimmer in Dallas during some of his best seasons in the league. He stated earlier this year that he believes his best days are not behind him, but that he needs to concentrate more on his fundamentals to get him back into his former all-pro status. Coach Zimmer knows Newman very well and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives him the chance during the pre-season to prove that he still has it in him. Based on what I know about Newman’s history with Zimmer, I can see his possibly making this team for 2012. Although, he will remain on the bubble until he can prove himself once again.