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Let’s talk about Michael Jordan.

No, not the famous actor from Creed and Black Panther or even the famous actor from Space Jam. This Michael Jordan was one of the Bengals’ fourth-round picks in 2019.

Jordan probably first caught the Bengals’ eye when the team scouted 2018 first-Round pick Billy Price. The two played right next two each other on the Ohio State offensive line in 2017, with Price at center and Jordan at left guard. When Price left, Jordan slid into his role as center for the 2018 season.

Because Jordan is more likely to see the field as a guard in Cincinnati and many people believe that he played better as a guard than he did as a center, I evaluated film on Jordan from both 2017 and 2018.

Let’s take a look.

Pass Blocking
In 2018 Jordan had frequent issues with his ability to anchor, or hold his ground in pass protection. This problem was particularly bad when he faced a head up nose tackle (0-technique) who utilized a power pass rush.

In this clip, he is the center and gets bull-rushed straight into the backfield causing quarterback Dwayne Haskins to have to scramble which, regardless of what Stephen A. Smith says, is not how Haskins makes plays. This happened to Jordan too often in 2018, and although it did not lead to a ton of sacks, the quarterback often had to move in the pocket or was not able to step into a pass as a result.

Jordan has a lot of issues with his lower body. He plays too high and needs to squat down to lower his center of gravity. He also has a tendency to stop his feet and let them get too wide. These are fixable issues, and ones that offensive line coach Jim Turner will need to help him work on.

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At left guard in 2017, Jordan showed some very good things in pass protection. At the guard position he never faced a head up defender and primarily blocked players who were lined up shaded into the A gap to his inside or the B gap to his outside.
In the clip below, Jordan steps down into the A gap to block the pass rusher. When the defender crosses his face into the B gap, Jordan stays with him. His feet are excellent on this play as he slides to stay in front of the defender. He also does a great job of resetting his hands as the pass rusher moves.

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This is another 2017 clip of Jordan in pass protection. Here, the defender crosses his face from the B-gap into the A-gap. Jordan engages, but as the defender spins back to the outside, Jordan is able to adjust well. He sits his butt back and slides to the outside, taking away the defender’s pass rush lane. This is an excellent display of balance and footwork by Jordan.

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Once again at left guard in 2017, Jordan faces a similar challenge from a defensive tackle twist. This is a half man/half slide protection with the left side in man protection and the rest of the offensive line sliding to the right. Jordan is the left guard and is responsible for the 3-technique.

As he stunts into the A-gap, Jordan steps down to protect the gap. He has his eyes up and is able to see that the 1-technique has looped around to the left. Jordan passes the 3-technique off to Price and slides back to the left to pick up the looping defensive tackle.

This is an awesome job of not only seeing the defensive stunt, but understanding the adjustment that was required in the protection.

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Run Blocking
Jordan shows excellent strength as a run blocker. Here at center in 2018, he is able to drive the nose tackle back two yards, before knocking him down to create a seam for the J.K. Dobbins touchdown run. Jordan engages with the defender and rolls his hips through for power. Once he gets his feet moving, he is able to drive the defender back. He has the strength to get movement in the run game and open up rushing lanes for Joe Mixon and company.

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Jordan has an excellent feel for coming off of double team blocks. Here, he is lined up at left guard in this clip from 2017. It is a midline play where quarterback J.T. Barrett is reading 4i lineman inside of the left tackle.

Jordan is responsible for the middle linebacker, but first needs to help Price get the 0-technique out of the gap. He executes this perfectly and comes off to the line backer just in the nick of time, to open up the hole for Dobbins.

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With Jordan at center in 2018, the Buckeyes ran a wide zone play to the left. He started on a path towards a combo block on the play side defensive tackle. When the backside linebacker blitzed the A gap, Jordan almost instinctively came off to pick him up.

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Jordan can struggle in space at times. This 2018 clip of him at center shows him climbing to the second level, but failing to make the block. He often takes angles that lead him to be just slightly out of position.

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Popular opinion is that Jordan is a much better at guard than he is at center and at least in pass protection the film supports it. Jordan has a problem with his anchor, particularly against head up bull rushers, but when he lines up at guard, he does not see that. He has very good balance, footwork, and hands which helps him to adjust to twists, stunts, and speed pass rush moves. He also appears to have a strong understanding of pass protections and sees the adjustments that need to be made during the play.

Jordan is a good run blocker from the guard or center position. He is adept at coming off of double teams at the right time, but can get beat by the speed of a flowing linebacker. Overall, his mental processing and athletic ability are his strongest attributes as a pass blocker. As a run blocker, he is very good at combo blocks, but struggles to get into position on linebackers when the ball is run wide.

As a rookie, Jordan is unlikely to see the field at either position, but with more development, he could be an asset for years to come.

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With the fourth-round pick the Bengals received when trading back the day before in the second round, Renell Wren became the newest defensive lineman in Cincinnati. He is literally their biggest pick in quite some time.

Listed as 6’5 and 315 pounds on the team’s website, Wren towers over the average pass rusher. It’s the combination of that size and incredible athleticism that has coaches thinking Wren could figuratively be one of their biggest draft picks from the 2019 draft as well.

“He has some tools to be a dominant player,” Bengals’ defensive line coach Nick Eason told Geoff Hobson of “That’s that body type. He’s got the body type and the tools. The speed and agility to be a dominant player.”

Anyone who has watched even a little bit of Wren play can quickly see his combination of size, speed and length easily projects him to be an NFL player. If you haven’t seen some of his film from Arizona State yet, I highly suggest you check it out.


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“Short area quickness, hip flexibility. Can a kid bend? Is he strong at the point of attack versus single and combo blocks on the run? Can he push the pocket? Does he have good quarterback pocket awareness? Is he a strong tackler?” Eason said. “He can do all those things. He’s very bright. He’s going to help us win us some games.”

This is obviously extremely high praise for a rookie. It has to be encouraging for fans to see coaches talking about Wren like this so early. Obviously, one of the biggest knocks on Wren coming out of college was his production (only one sack and 4.5 tackles for a loss in 2018) and limited sample size of having started just one season. The man responsible for him at Arizona State, former NFL player and head coach Herm Edwards, couldn’t be higher on Wren, though.
“What’s great about him is he doesn’t have bad habits,” Edwards said. “You’re not trying to re-create something.

“I don’t think he’s a project. How are you going to use him?” Edwards said. “Will he become a pass rusher inside? I would think he could be… He’s a raw football player. He’s got some strength, got some talent. He just hasn’t played enough football yet to know what his ceiling is going to be. Powerful man inside. Played with really good leverage. He’s tall for the position. At times he gets a little high. The more football he plays, it will help him. He’s a smart guy that can dominate at the line of scrimmage. He can dominate a center, no doubt. But he just needs more refining. He just needs more playing time to understand combination blocks and things of that nature that you have to feel to play inside like that.”

It is hard to imagine a player having a substantially better NFL career than college. It goes against the typical thought process on the matter. Usually stars from college (or even just good college players) make their way to the NFL and have success. It obviously isn’t new for a player to blossom in the NFL, but how can it happen? In Wren’s case, he seems to think that he had to change his mindset in order to improve. Something he didn’t realize early on in his career.

“Being able to know I wanted to play at the next level and being able to improve and make a living at it, I had to change some things around,” Wren said. “I had to change my circle… My freshman and sophomore (years), I was playing just to play. I liked just being on the team. I realized I wanted to do this for a living, so I decided to be more in the film room, be more on the iPad watching film and being in the weight room more.”

That obviously shows the quality of a person Wren is. It takes a big person to admit they need to make changes to their life in order to improve. That change in mindset could easily explain why he wasn’t as developed as you’d imagined he’d be at the end of his college career. It also helps illustrate a common theme from the 2019 draft class. Wren has the right mindset in order to have the best chance of reaching his potential.

“This kid loves football. He wants to learn,” Eason says. “He’s going to work. He takes coaching very well. He takes constructive criticism and that’s how I coach …This is a guy you want in the room.”

It is easy to get swept up with the idea that Wren could have a huge impact his rookie season, but the much more realistic expectation is that in a season or two the Bengals could have one of the biggest steals from the 2019 NFL Draft. (Pun intended)

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The Cincinnati Bengals have officially added their rookie quarterback.

Former North Carolina State signal-caller Ryan Finley signed his contract with the team on Thursday, the ninth of 10 selections in last month’s NFL Draft to put pen to paper.

Only linebacker Germaine Pratt (third round, North Carolina State) remains unsigned.

The Bengals moved up in the fourth round to take Finley with the No. 104 overall pick. He left N.C. State with the top career completion percentage (.645) in school history after starting three seasons following a transfer from Boise State. His 18 career 300-yard passing games and 10,505 passing yards both rank second in school history and third in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history.

Previously the Bengals signed eight picks: offensive tackle Jonah Williams (first round, Alabama); tight end Drew Sample (second round, Washington); linebacker Deshaun Davis (sixth round, Auburn); defensive tackle Renell Wren (fourth round, Arizona State); offensive lineman Michael Jordan (fourth round, Ohio State); running backs Trayveon Williams (sixth round, Texas A&M) and Rodney Anderson (sixth round, Oklahoma); and cornerback Jordan Brown (seventh round, South Dakota State).

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Germaine Pratt described rookie minicamp last week as an opportunity to “just run around like a kid again” and play the game he loves after a draining process leading up to the NFL Draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pratt, a linebacker from N.C. State, in the third round. The last few weeks, he admittedly has reverted back to his childhood dreamworld more than a few times.»RELATED: Rookie running backs, locker mates ready to compete Upon finding out he was selected, he was shouting, “I’m a Bengal, I’m a Bengal,” and three days after the draft he already felt a part of the family when Chad Johnson sent him a message on Twitter out of the blue, saying he loved Pratt. Pratt’s enthusiasm hasn’t wavered since arriving to Paul Brown Stadium, and he hopes to bring that to the field as he and the other rookies mix in with the veterans this week and more competitively next week during Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

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“This is what you work for all your life, and then when you’ve got guys you looked up to as a kid sending you messages and you put that helmet on the first time, it’s surreal,” Pratt said. “It’s a great opportunity. I just need to be myself and stay true to who I am because I can add something to this group. I just need to be myself and not try to switch anything up just because I’m in the NFL now. I’m just the same Germaine Pratt.”
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START TODAY »RELATED: Area grad trying to make Bengals roster Pratt said minicamp was the first opportunity to showcase who he is, but the two days of meetings and practices served as more of a learning and development opportunity. The main thing he tried to show was that he can learn quickly and work hard.

On Monday, he and the other rookies mixed in with the veterans for the first time, but they are limited in this portion of the offseason workout program so the real competition heats up next week during OTAs.“It’s about just studying the playbook and playing with confidence,” Pratt said. “Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s about improving and getting better and helping the team out.”»RELATED: Bengals sign five draft picks Head coach Zac Taylor met with the rookies Thursday night before minicamp began Friday, and Pratt said he took from that the need to “be accountable, dependable and reliable.”Those are all traits he displayed at N.C. State, and he joins a group in need of bodies. The linebacker spot was perceived as the weak spot of the defense last year when Cincinnati allowed a league-worst 413.6 yards and 29th-ranked 28.4 points per game, and the loss of veterans Vontaze Burfict (waived) and Vinny Rey (un-signed in free agency) means the group has even less depth.Pratt could fit right in. He was a first-team all-ACC pick after racking up 104 tackles, a team-high 10.5 for loss, and six sacks in 11 games as a senior in 2018, his only year as a full-time starter. He began his career as a safety, which he believes makes him a more well-rounded linebacker.»RELATED: Draft picks could shuffle OL depth chart “He’s a big guy, looks strong, fast and explosive,” linebacker Nick Vigil said. “He seems pretty confident, which is what you need to have in this league. You can’t be timid so the more confidence you have the better. It will be exciting to see what he can do.”The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Pratt said he felt welcomed Monday when he first met with the other linebackers. He found it helpful to watch how the veterans go about their routines the first two days of combined practices and found everyone to be encouraging.Pratt doesn’t feel any sense of security among the group just because he was a third-round draft pick in a position the Bengals had a need.“I just take it as an opportunity every day to thank God I can play the game of football,” he said. “I just put it in God’s hands, that’s where the security comes.”Sixth-year linebacker Preston Brown, who is the most veteran player of the position group, said it’s still early to evaluate anyone, but Pratt seemed to be grasping concepts well and genuinely working hard. When asked about his first impression of Pratt, Brown joked the first thing he noticed was that Pratt has more hair on his beard than his head. More seriously, though, Brown added, “he’s doing a lot of good things out there on the field.”There’s still plenty more to come.“We’ll see when he has to cover and chase people down next week but we drafted him so I’m excited to see what he can do,” Brown said.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says rookie tight end Drew Sample is fitting right in with the team’s offense.

Dalton spoke highly of Sample to senior writer Geoff Hobson (via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper) on May 28.

He’s picked up on things quickly. He’s what you want in a tight end. ‘Polished’ is a good word for him.

Some of these guys, you wonder if he’s going to be too big for them and all that stuff. But he comes in and he fits right in. It’s good to see.

When you get a guy like that in the second (round), you want him to be what he is. So it’s good to see him out there with everybody and see how he fits.
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The Bengals made Sample the 52nd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft out of the University of Washington. Cincinnati’s seventh-year tight end, Tyler Eifert, also gushed about Sample. He told Hobson, “He’s been thrown in the mix right away and he’s done a great job understanding the offense.”

Not only that, but Bengals tight ends coach James Casey also has sung Sample’s praises. In fact, the former told Hobson that Sample is “way better than I was coming out.” Sample’s recent showing has brought flashbacks of Casey’s rookie OTAs with the Houston Texans in 2009, per Hobson.

Eifert is back with the Bengals on a one-year contract in 2019. Nonetheless, the Bengals fortified their tight end corps with the drafting of Sample in April. Fifth-year tight end C.J. Uzomah rounds out Cincinnati’s tight end rotation.

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Jonah Williams: It’s too early to tell how Williams will fare since the team won’t put pads on for a while, but the Bengals aren’t treating him with kid gloves. He’s already playing with the first string at left tackle, causing the Bengals to move Cordy Glenn, the left tackle they traded for just a year ago, to guard. If taking Williams in the first round didn’t show how how highly the Bengals think of him, then this move certainly does.

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Rob Gronkowski: ‘You can put [comeback talk] to rest’
“Whatever I say it doesn’t matter. It’ll always be crazy out there. You can put ’em to rest,” said Gronkowski in regards to scuttlebutt regarding him returning to the playing field. “I’m feeling good, [I’m in] a good place.”
Jimmy Graham: ‘Gonna go prove a lot of people wrong’
“Obviously last year was disappointing for everybody. I’m not used to losing. I don’t think anybody here is, you know?” Graham told Kelly Price of NBC 26 Green Bay Sunday at his charity cornhole tournament. “And for me, it was not a good year. I’m completely focused on putting my best foot forward and being the player that I am: Scoring in the red zone and being that big threat on third down. I mean, I gotta get back to that. And I take it serious. It’s something that eats at me every single day, not making the playoffs and sometimes not making the plays that I should have. So you better believe I’m gonna be ready.”

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The Colts could be sniffing around the safety market as starter Clayton Geathers sits out OTAs after undergoing a knee cleanup procedure this offseason.

Bills’ Josh Allen taking reins, ‘developing that trust’
“Last year, I don’t think I did enough, with everything going on — first year in the NFL and a lot of people pulling you in different directions,” Allen said, via the team’s official website. “This year, I sat down with ‘Dabs’ (Brian Daboll) and went over what I like, what I didn’t like. And he’s trusting me in that mindset. If there’s a play that he wants to call, and I don’t like it, he’s not going to call it. So, it’s developing that trust.”

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After five seasons working mostly as a starting quarterback in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles is now an understudy in Los Angeles. The maligned signal-caller is reveling in his new experience.

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Rodney Anderson said multiple times last week it’s funny how things work out shortly before signing his first professional football contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The rookie running back selected in the sixth round of last month’s NFL Draft went to the same high school, Katy High near Houston, as quarterback Andy Dalton. And he played at Oklahoma with running back Joe Mixon and linebacker Jordan Evans after he initially verbally committed to Texas A&M, where he would have teamed up with fellow Bengals draft pick and running back Trayveon Williams.

For Anderson, there’s plenty of familiar names and faces around him at Paul Brown Stadium. And, due to those connections, something Mixon told Anderson after he was drafted has been on point.

“He just told me that it’s a great place to be around, that he fit in real well and that I’d have no problem fitting in just the same,” Anderson said.
Anderson, at 6-foot-0, 224 pounds, continues recovery from late-September surgery to repair a torn ACL, and said he expects to be 100 percent healthy when training camp opens in late July.

If he returns to form from 2017 — he rushed for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns and starred on the biggest stage with 201 yards and two scores in the Rose Bowl — the Bengals will have pulled off a steal in the draft. At least one NFL draft analyst, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, said this time last year that Anderson was a first-round talent.

But Anderson’s junior season was cut short after just two games. Adding the knee to a list of injuries that included a broken leg and surgery to repair an ankle tendon in 2015 and a neck injury that cost him the 2016 season, Anderson slid to the Bengals and the overall No. 211 selection.

“He’s a guy that we thought highly of, with the stuff that he could put on tape when he did play in college,” said Bengals coach Zac Taylor. “He’s in the rehab phase, and we knew that when we drafted him that he wouldn’t be practicing this offseason. He’s in there with (Bengals running backs coach Jemal Singleton) getting the mental part of it down. I have no worries that he will be able to do that and continue with the rehab, and so when training camp rolls around we’ll see where he is at that point.”

Anderson watched on Friday during the Bengals rookie minicamp.

His goal right now, he said, is to, “basically show I’m attentive and I can pick up the plays and the system and that I’m just a smart player that can learn the system and take mental reps and stay focused and locked in. I’m just doing a lot of rehab right now and trying to finish that up. I fully expect myself to be ready for training camp when we come back in July.”
Anderson and Williams were part of a draft that revealed Taylor’s vision for the Bengals offense and a dedication to establishing the run game. Offensive linemen Jonah Williams and Michael Jordan and Drew Sample, utilized mostly in college for his blocking, were picks that Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan joked would make Mixon a happy man.

Anderson and Williams were added for depth as Giovani Bernard enters his seventh season and final year on his contract and after Mark Walton was cut earlier this year. The two rookies were nearly teammates in college, but Anderson changed course and signed with Oklahoma the year before Williams, a native of Houston, arrived in College Station.

Now, finally, they share a locker room.

Cincinnati Bengals halfback Rodney Anderson (33) watches drills as he walks though in a knee brace during a rookie mini camp practice at the Paul Brown Stadium practice field in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, May 10, 2019.
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“I’d heard about him growing up and stuff,” Anderson said. “He’s a great player. It’s cool to be on the same team with him now. It’s funny how things work out.”

Last season, 175 players from Texas were on NFL rosters in September, third-most of any state behind California and Georgia. Entering this season, only two, Dalton and Anderson, played for prolific program Katy High, which is tied for the most state championships at eight.

More than a dozen years ago, a young Anderson attended a summer football camp Dalton helped coach. It was so long ago that Anderson said he couldn’t remember if he caught a pass from Dalton or asked for an autograph.

Dalton, though, said he remembered hearing about Anderson.

“He may be the best player to come out of Katy,” Dalton said. “He’s a stud. He’s an absolute stud. And for us to only have two guys in the NFL from Katy High School, to both be here, that’s pretty cool. I don’t really know him. But I knew of him.”