Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ryan Hewitt (89) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
It was just a year ago that rookie Ryan Hewitt was in a battle with third-year player Orson Charles for the Bengals’ fullback job. It would’ve been easy to assume at the time that Charles would win the battle as the team had been grooming him for the role for two years. But Hewitt came on like lightning and impressive both the team and fans.
Hewitt entered the 2014 season as an inexperienced fullback both because he was a rookie and had functioned as both a H-back and tight end while at Stanford. Yet, Hewitt prevailed over the challenges in front of him and helped the Bengals employ a highly effective running game.
Hewitt was so effective during his rookie season that several people in the Bengals organization feel he may be the NFL’s best fullback. Although it may be premature to label him as such, it certainly isn’t a huge stretch given the league’s penchant for negating the position and how effective he was in front of Jeremy Hill last year.
Boasting one of the league’s best offensive lines, a promising group of tight ends, and arguably one of the league’s top fullbacks means the Bengals rushing attack is set up for a great year, so long as the running backs hold up their end.
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