Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Key Players to Re-Sign

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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

3.  George Iloka

When George Iloka took the field in 2013, most fans were asking more questions about the fifth-round pick out of Boise State than finding the answers to them. Drafted in 2012 and seeing limited action, as most rookies do under Marvin Lewis, many people hadn’t heard of Iloka before the 2013 preseason. Fast forward three seasons later, and he has become one of the most recognized names in the Bengals’ secondary.

Iloka finished 2015 with only one interception, 47 total tackles, and four pass deflections, but his coverage over the top and help in the pass rushing game was felt more than any years prior. As a Bengal, he has five interceptions, 189 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and 20 pass deflections. His numbers took a step back from 2014 but his impact was felt all over the field this season, especially in his ability to prevent deep touchdown passes.

His impact was not just felt in the secondary. He was a huge part of the increased pressure in the backfield against both quarterbacks and running backs. Iloka missed four games in 2015, but his track record is better than most and it is the main reason for his stats taking a step back this season.

Re-signing Iloka and the aforementioned Nelson could secure this secondary for years to come. Lets hope the Bengals can get both of these deals done.

Next: 4. Adam Jones

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