Malik Jefferson (11 snaps, 0.97% of defensive snaps)
Linebacker remains the lightest position group on this Bengals roster. Jefferson comes into his second year on the team having been effectively sidelined by the previous regime.
It was always going to take time for the Texas product to adjust to pro football. During the draft process, Jefferson’s instincts and ability to diagnose came into question, but his athletic traits were clear.
If Jefferson can overcome these issues, then he doesn’t have many roadblocks in front of him to get more meaningful snaps. Preston Brown and Jordan Evans showed deficiencies in coverage last year. It is asking a lot for Germaine Pratt to come in and be an immediate starter.
If Jefferson can show promise in the preseason, then he would be a much needed tonic at the most talent starved position on the roster.