Former Xavier and Indiana guard Remy Abell is preparing for a workout with the Bengals per Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He has been training at Ignition in Cincinnati. It has not been confirmed what position Abell hopes to play in the NFL, but speculation is as a receiver or tight end.
The Bengals may of learned their lesson with Margus Hunt as far as taking a risk on a project player. But, I don’t expect them to sacrifice a draft pick on him. I know they won’t. However, there isn’t much harm in inviting him to camp (assuming that his workout goes well).
The transition from college basketball to the NFL is a road less traveled. It worked out for the San Diego Chargers and Antonio Gates. 6’4″ and 200 pounds is a great size for a receiver. The biggest downside is the fact that the last time Remy Abell played organized football was in the 8th grade. He is still learning the basics of route running and the art of catching footballs.
This is a low risk, high reward scenario for the Bengals. Yes, Abell is a very raw talent in football cleats. He still hasn’t mastered getting into a three-point stance. On the other hand, he possess some unique qualities that can make him dangerous in the redzone.
There is no doubt that he will be able to “box-out” defenders in the redzone and win “jumpballs” like he has grabbing a rebound. But, this is a job that they pay millions of dollars to guys to do, and he’s trying to do it with little to no background at the highest level. This will be an interesting and fun story to keep up on.