Josh Tupou fill-in candidates for the Bengals: Mike Daniels
Mike Daniels is an 8-year NFL veteran who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers, although his most recent season was spent with the Detroit Lions. At times, Daniels has been considered among the best defensive tackles in the league. Being 31 years old, the veteran still could have a few years of high-end play left in the tank.
Aside from a poor PFF grade of 55.3 overall in his rookie year, Daniels’ worst season of his career according to the website was 2018, where he had an overall grade of 69.0. At his best, the 6’0, 300-pound tackle had an elite 90.5 overall grade in 2015.
Daniels is a dangerous weapon against the run, where he regularly grades very high on PFF’s scale as a run defender. He’s not just a run-stuffer, though, totaling 30 sacks in his 8-year career, the nose tackle can actually help out in the passing game too.
As you can see, Daniels is a consistently solid defensive lineman who could be a great piece next to Geno Atkins and D.J. Reader. If the Bengals can pay the veteran what he’s asking for, he could be the best option on the market.