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Round table: Most surprising and disappointing Bengals player

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“Who has been the most surprising Bengals player to this point”

Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Tie – Taylor Mays and Rey Maualuga. For a guy who I was railing about being kept on the final roster, Mays’ adaptation into a coverage linebacker as well as movement into the secondary when the corners or safeties blitz have made him an invaluable part of this defense that has been critical in slowing down both Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady. With regards to Maualuga, the guy looks like a player returned to form.

His lateral movement against sweeps and screens is nothing short of violent. There have been three times now that I have seen him laterally streak and incept running backs before they break out into the secondary. Moreover, he has not been exploited on crossing routes this year, which were his kryptonite at the end of last season.

Ty Mercurio

Jermaine Gresham. He has I think one dropped pass and a fumble. Yes, that is very unproductive, but I have not had the amount of face palms that I had last season with him.