Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche (51) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals have suffered a number of injuries to their linebacking corps, and they’ll probably need Southern Illinois rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche to step-up and get significant playing time at some point this season.
The former Salukie has been a pass-rushing force in the Missouri Valley Football Conference as he finished fourth in school history with 38 career tackles for loss and seventh with 16.5 sacks. Despite an outstanding senior season in which he registered 49 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks, DiManche went undrafted, but was quickly scooped up by the Bengals, who just last year had two linebackers go from undrafted to making the 53-man roster in Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur. If you’ve seen DiManche’s highlight reel, it’s not hard to envision him being on someone’s 53-man roster at some point this year.
DiManche recently joined Chris Shanafelt on SportsManRadio for an interview on his NFL career thus far and what he expects going forward: