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What To Expect From Bengals’ Rookies In 2012

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Round 5, Pick 166 – Marvin Jones, WR, California

Jones was an absolute steal for the Bengals in round 5. Many draft experts pegged Jones as a third round talent. Jones has had impressive OTA’s thus far, and if he can keep up his work ethic, and show that he can compete in training camp and the preseason, I believe he will be one of the six wide receivers that the Bengals keep on their 53 man roster. I don’t expect Jones to have a lot of playing time this season though. He will be utilized in specialty packages on the offense that will allow him to use his strengths. Look for Jones to be used in the short passing game to try to allow him to make a play in space. He may also be used as a backup returner for kickoffs and punts.

Round 5, Pick 167 – George Iloka, S, Boise State

Iloka has shown some great flashes thus far in OTA’s. He has surprised and impressed coaches and teammates with his play. He needs to work on his technique and improve his fundamentals and his knowledge of the Bengals defensive scheme. If he can continue on this pace, he will be in the running to line up at safety opposite Reggie Nelson. He will be competing with Robert Sands and Taylor Mays for that position. Even if he doesn’t obtain the starting role, I still see Iloka making the 53 man roster as a backup safety and contributing on special teams.