Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting Practice Squad

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LB: Sean Porter

Jul 26, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Sean Porter (56) during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Porter was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft because of his versatility and pass-rushing ability.  The Bengals thought he could play all three linebacker spots but unfortunately his brief career has been marred by injuries.  After spending the year on the I.R. in 2013 due to a torn labrum, Porter has yet to practice this off-season due to injury and has been surpassed by rookie sixth-round pick Marquis Flowers.  Porter was a great pass-rusher during his junior year while at Texas A&M, but a scheme change forced him to change his role and develop different skills.  It’ll be interesting to see what Porter can do if he is healthy enough to play in the team’s final two preseason games.  Porter returned to practice a couple of days ago, so it’s possible that he could be ready in time for the Bengals game against the Cardinals on Sunday. If Porter can stay healthy, he could develop into a very useful weapon for the Bengals and bring a pass-rushing force from the linebacker position, something the Bengals haven’t had in some time. I’m looking forward to watching Porter soon.