The Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round pick quarterback Logan Woodside has been arrested in Kentucky for DUI.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside in the seventh-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. News has come out that Woodside was pulled over Saturday night in Bellevue, Kentucky for driving ten miles per hour over the speed limit. The officer determined that Woodside was under the influence during the stop. Cincinnati is aware of the incident and is gathering information as of right now.
According to Jim Owczarski and Bob Strickley of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Woodside was traveling at a high rate of speed through a parking lot. Here is the police report:
"“Officer was sitting in the outside area of UDF when a blue SUV came through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. When I walked up to the vehicle the driver had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and he had glassy eyes. Subject was able to exit the vehicle OK but had minor troubles counting backward, and with finger dexterity. During the HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) test subject should clues for impairment. Subject had trouble with his walk and turn, and counting during the test. Subject was unable to complete the one leg stand. Subject took the BA (Blood Alcohol) test after attempting to contact an attorney and declined a test at his own expense. Breath: .112.”"
It was already going to be a tall hill to climb for Woodside as a seventh-round pick. The Bengals also brought in Matt Barkley this offseason for a veteran presence at the backup position. It was assumed that Woodside would get an opportunity to at least battle with Jeff Driskel for the third quarterback spot, but the Bengals reportedly hadn’t allowed Woodside to throw a single pass during OTA workouts.
I figured that Woodside would land on the practice squad for the 2018 season before the arrest on Saturday night. Woodside showed some good traits in college at Toledo throwing for over 10,000 yards and 93 touchdowns. He was an accurate passer with a passing efficiency of 162.87.
Some of his flaws in college will likely hold him back in the NFL, however. Toledo ran a system of the first read throws with spread out offenses. It was rare that he had to make more than one read at the line of scrimmage and often knew where he was going with the ball before the snap. Teaching him to progress through his reads in the pocket at the NFL level would prove challenging but not impossible. Many fans were hoping that he would eventually start.
The team has not cut Woodside as of right now as they are gathering information on the situation. I would not be surprised if they cut Woodside following the investigation if he genuinely was intoxicated. Cincinnati is a team, however, that deals with off the field issues as we have seen in years past with players like Adam Jones and Cedric Benson.