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Profiling the Backup Running Backs for the Bengals

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TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Mark Walton #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks for a hole to run through as linebacker Jacob Pugh #16 and defensive back Ermon Lane #7 of the Florida State Seminoles close in during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Mark Walton #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks for a hole to run through as linebacker Jacob Pugh #16 and defensive back Ermon Lane #7 of the Florida State Seminoles close in during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /
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Quinton Flowers

Flowers is certainly one of the most intriguing players on this roster, although his odds of making the team aren’t great. A former college quarterback, Flowers was a bonafide star at South Florida before converting to running back. Flowers was a dual threat QB at USF, passing for over 8,000 yards and rushing for over 3,500.

Although he was too small to play quarterback in the pros, he has great size for a running back at 6’0″, 210 pounds. Flowers is obviously adept at running the ball, and he has a nose for the goal line, picking up 41 rushing touchdowns in three seasons at USF. He didn’t get much work against Chicago, only getting 1 carry for 6 yards.

The only concern with Flowers is that he will lack some of the necessary skills for a running back. He’s not used to running as physically as some backs like Carson or Hill. Also, Flowers will likely be a project in pass protection. His upside as a running back is definitely higher than some of these guys, but he is much more of a project. Flowers has a shot to make this team, but he’s probably a practice squad guy.

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