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Poll: Should the Bengals “Redshirt” Rookies


Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach

Marvin Lewis

speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals are no strangers to criticism regarding the moves they make both in free agency and the draft. Marvin Lewis recently spoke about something that the Bengals practice with a majority of their rookie class, “redshirting” them.

It sounds like something right out of a college playbook, but is it the craziest thing for an NFL team to employ? The most recent example is Bengals 2014 first round draft choice Darqueze Dennard. Although he did see special teams action during the season, he was not the major defensive factor one would expect a first round selection to be. On defense he produced 17 tackles, one sack, and one pass deflection, which showed promise, but only on a limited basis.

The Bengals’ intention is good as they work to slowly expose their rookies to NFL life before throwing them into the fire. It’s a strategy that could help players mature before hitting the field. Yet, it also could be a set back, as many players feel they are ready to make an impact right away, and by keeping them on the sideline, it could stunt their growth and hurt their confidence.

So we want to pose the question to our Stipe Hype family:

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