The Bengals are getting a jump on the business end of things. Signing the rookies early will give them more focused study time.
Cincinnati is wasting no time getting their rookie class in order. Striving to have a drama-free camp and stress-free learning conditions, the Bengals kept the ball moving. On Monday, five more draft picks were added to the fold, per The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The young man slated to give Randy Bullock was inked to a deal. Kicker Jake Elliott is now set to give the status quo a “kick” in the rear. After a horrendous year that many times came down to field goals, the Bengals selection of Elliot was a no-brainer. Though there was a chance the selection was going to be that other kicker from Arizona State (cough, Zane Gonzalez), the choice was still one that holds merit for the Bengals.
During his career at Memphis, he connected on 77.9 percent of his field goals. His freshman year topped out at 88.9 percent. But, the icing on the cake was extra point attempts. He nailed every last one. Bengals brass couldn’t overlook that shining statistic.
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Fourth-round pick, Ryan Glasgow, was also added to the defensive personnel. The big defensive tackle will be good for depth along the front seven but could be a pleasant surprise. He was a walk-on for the Michigan Wolverines and promptly became one of their standout players. Having a career 18.5 tackles for loss as an average guy trying out…is nothing to sneeze at.
Three More On The Dotted Line
Rounding out the signings were Brandon Wilson (CB), Jordan Evans (LB) and Mason Schreck (TE). The Bengals passed on O.J. Howard but may have found a scrappy diamond with Schreck. His approach to the position is the same as his idol’s…Tyler Eifert. Did I mention he wore the same number at Buffalo?
He was on his way to the Philadelphia Eagles as a college free agent when the Bengals stepped in and made a deal.
"“I was on the phone with my agent,” Schreck explained. “He told me we were set with Philly, that was where I was heading. I had my contract figured out and everything. Not more than two minutes later Coach Lewis called me and broke the news to me. Honestly, I just broke down in tears. I’m so excited to get to Cincinnati.”"
Hopefully, that overwhelming joy will contribute to a spot on the Bengals’ 53-man roster.