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Cincinnati Bengals Player Preview: Vontaze Burfict

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) along the sidelines during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Burfict was remarkably productive last season, in contrast  to his college career, playing consistently & showing impressive discipline.  Vontaze racked up  Of the 127 combined tackles Burfict accounted for, 73 of them were solo stops. Any worries about his coverage skills were silenced as he moved well in space and holding his own in passing situations. As the season progressed, Burfict seemed to get stronger, having multiple games with double-digit tackles, including the phenomenal 18-tackle game against the Baltimmore Ravens to end the regular season and get tot 10 wins.

It’s also worth pointing out that Burfict ended up earning an NFL-high $299,465 in the NFL’s performance-based pay program, which rewards players with the lowest salaries who get the most playing time.

It’s fairly easy to say Burfict is one of the best Bengals LB prospects since Takeo Spikes after having the best undrafted free agent rookie year in Bengals history. With another year under his belt, Burfict should pick up right where he left off in week one against Chicago, taking the next step in elevating his game to new heights, which he has he has shown he is more than capable of doing.

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