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Do the Bengals Have Another Undrafted Free Agent Gem?

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Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive back Troy Hill (13) breaks up a pass for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver

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(9) during the first quarter in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have had great success in past years finding talented players in the scrap heap that follows every NFL draft.  Their penchant for finding these “gems” amongst the undrafted college free agents has led to acquisition of several key players such as Vincent Rey, Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur.

Each of these players has made a significant contribution to the team at some point, which highlights how important this pool of players can be to a team. For Vincent Rey, this was the past two seasons when Rey Maualuga and Burfict went down with injuries.  Rey has accounted for 178 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions over this time period while also functioning as a captain of the special teams unit.

For Emmanuel Lamur, his starting role came last season.  He played 79% of the defense’s snaps and 14.7% of the special teams snaps.  Although the 2014 season wasn’t an impressive one, it was Lamur’s first year as a starter so his effectiveness going forward could improve.  Vontaze Burfict’s impact on the Bengals goes without saying.

Following this year’s draft the Bengals signed eleven college free agents to help fill-out their 90-man offseason roster.  Some of these signees offer Cincinnati real promise and a couple at positions where the Bengals could benefit from some added depth.  Here’s a look at a few of these undrafted free agents who could end up making an impact on the Bengals going forward.

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