With all of the shuffling at corner and safety, special teams ace Jeromy Miles was thrust into action, and made several nice plays while playing safety on the first and second-team defense. Rookie safety George Iloka also got extra snaps, as he was on the first-team at the nickel-corner spot. While playing mostly safety at Boise State, Iloka did get quite a bit of playing time at the nickel-corner spot with the Broncos. This only improves the likelihood he’ll be on the opening day 53-man roster. The Bengals won’t take the risk of having him go through waivers to try and put him on the practice squad.
Undrafted UCLA safety Tony Dye also got snaps with the starters and looked impressive. With the log jam of defensive-backs, Dye is really working to secure a spot on the practice squad.
CB Brandon Ghee has been the biggest benefactor from all of the injuries to cornerbacks, and he continued to shine today as he ran with the first-team offense. He picked off an errant Andy Dalton pass tonight, and looks like he may not only make the opening day roster, but challenge for some serious playing time.
Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Terrence Newman are all sitting out practice. Hall’s absence is precautionary, while Newman’s injury is unknown, and Jones is dealing with a strained calf. Rookie CB Shaun Prater is also out with a reported knee injury. They joined Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and Nate Clements (strained abdomen) as Bengals corners not practicing. Brandon Tate sat out with what’s believed to be a hamstring injury. Robert Geathers was out with a minor knee injury.
Left guard Travelle Wharton suffered a minor ankle injury and was later seen walking around with his ankle taped up.