A fourth-year NFL and Bengals player for 2015, Thompson played in 11 games in ’14, missing Games 3-7 with knee injury ... Also played in Wild Card playoff ... Logged 21 tackles in regular season, with one sack ... Held starting DT job in 2013 for last seven games and Wild Card playoff, replacing injured All-Pro Geno Atkins ... Contributed in ’13 to team’s NFL rank of third on defense (305.5 yards allowed per game).
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2012 NFL Draft (93rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-25-12.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-2 and 8-16 and had 21 tackles, including one sack ... Inactive (knee) for Games 3-7 ... Tied for line lead with four tackles Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Sidelined with knee injury in first quarter Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Returned to action on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville after missing previous five games, and had two tackles ... Led line with six tackles on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Two tackles on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... Had three tackles on Nov. 23 at Houston ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, his nine-yard sack of Johnny Manziel helped force Browns punt in third quarter ... Led line with four tackles (one for-loss) in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
Previous seasons: 2012—Played in three games as a rookie (Games 1-2 and 4), and recorded two tackles ... Inactive for Games 3 and 5-16 ... One tackle Sept. 10 at Baltimore and Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Played all four preseason games and had five tackles. 2013—Played in every game, and started last seven, plus Wild Card playoff, as replacement for injured Geno Atkins ... Had 48 tackles in regular season, with 1.5 sacks ... Two tackles, with a seven-yard shared sack of Thad Lewis, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo. ... Six tackles Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, with first career solo sack, nine-yarder against Geno Smith ... Led line in tackles (seven) on Oct. 31 at Miami ... Tied for line lead in tackles (seven) on Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Tied for line lead with six tackles on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Led the line and finished second on the team with eight tackles in Wild Card Playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Clemson ... Was a durable performer, seeing action in 53 games, and 37 of his 38 starts came in his last three seasons ... Finished with 208 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles-for-loss ... Had two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Was a team captain for 10-4 club as a senior and was named honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly ... Had one of the dominant weightlifting performances at 2012 NFL Combine, with 35 bench presses (225 pounds).
Personal: Hometown is Thomasville, Ga. ... Attended Thomasville (Ga.) High School, where he was a four-year starter as a two-way lineman ... Earned all-state honors as both a junior and a senior ... As a senior at Thomasville, he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper ... Management major at Clemson.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel for a loss of 9 yards and celebrates with the money sign.