Cincinnati Bengals sign Vaughn Meatoga


Jan 21, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; West defensive lineman Vaughn Meatoga (95) of Hawaii before the start of the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. The West won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Meatoga was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii on May 3, 2012 only to waive him three days later. The Bengals later claimed Meatoga off waivers on May 8, and he would go on to play in all four preseason games last year, and accounted for two tackles.

Here is Meatoga’s draft profile, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly:

"Positives:Moves very well for his size and plays with balance. Surprising foot athlete, indicated by Combine times in the 40, 10-yard split (1.66 seconds), short shuttle (4.25) and 3-cone drill (7.11). Competes in the trenches. Locates the ball. Functionally strong at the point of attack. Plays with leverage and works to disengage — flashes hand strength to tug off blocks. Works at his craft — motivated film junkie who puts the time in to improve. Solid personal and football character. Smart.Negatives:Average length. Does not play as suddenly or explosively as workout numbers suggest (not a playmaker). Needs to improve hand use. Thick, stiff hips. Cannot range very far and struggles to adjust. Not very creative or powerful as a pass rusher (limited third-down utility). Played in rotation (average production)."

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