Versatile pro completed his fourth season as a Bengals starter in 2015 ... Contributed to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (419 points, 26.2 per game) ... Helped Bengals rank seventh in NFL in yards per play (5.7) and tied for seventh in fourth down efficiency (58.3 percent) ... Moved from G spot to start two games at LOT in 2014, as an injury replacement ... Averted offensive turnovers in 2014 with pair of fumble recoveries, and added another FR in last season’s Wild Card game.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2011 NFL Draft (101st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-29-11 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-11-15.
2015 highlights: Started at LG in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, aided pass protection that allowed no sacks and supported 396 yards net offense ... Supported a second straight sack-free game Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with 175-yard rushing output ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, aided season-best 458 net yards ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, helped allow no sacks as Bengals posted first game in franchise history with more than 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing TDs ... In 27-24 OT win Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, helped lead rally from 24-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Bengals became first team since Week 15 of 2010 to win after trailing by 17 or more in final period ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, helped allow no sacks as Dalton posted 118.6 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... On Nov 5 vs. Cleveland, helped Dalton post 139.8 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... Contributed to 376 yards offense Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, with no sacks allowed to Rams’ highly rated pass rush ... Supported season-high Andy Dalton passer rating (146.8) on Dec. 6 at Cleveland, with only one sack allowed ... On Dec. 20 at San Francisco, supported 115.6 passer rating for AJ McCarron in QB’s NFL starting debut ... Helped Bengals rush for 145 yards (5.4 per carry) in Jan. 3 win over Baltimore ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, with the game still scoreless in second quarter, recovered an AJ McCarron fumble at Cincinnati 17.
Previous seasons: 2011—Rookie started Games 1-3 at RG in place of suspended Bobbie Williams ... In reserve role for Games 4 and 16 ... Inactive for Games 5-13, and active-DNP for Games 14-15 and for Wild Card playoff at Houston ... In season opener Sept. 11 at Cleveland, aided Cedric Benson’s 121-yard rushing effort. 2012—Started at LG in all 16 games, and also started Wild Card playoff at Houston ... Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions, edging Houston’s Arian Foster by one (14-13), and Green-Ellis had only 15 attempts to Foster’s 19 ... Helped Green-Ellis rush for at least 100 yards four times in five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), with 168.2 team average in that span ... Took over No. 1 LG spot early in preseason opener when anticipated competition with veteran free agent Travelle Wharton was halted by season-ending Wharton knee injury ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards with 6.5 average Nov. 25 vs. Oakland. 2013—Started at LG in Games 1-12 ... Placed Dec. 3 on Reserve/Injured list, following knee injury suffered in Game 12, Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Contributed to Bengals ’13 NFL rankings of 10th in net offense and tied for sixth in scoring ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, contributed to season-high in total net yards (483), including season-high 165 rushing ... Helped lead effort Oct. 27 vs. Jets which allowed only one sack for two yards as Dalton threw for 325 yards and a career-high five TDs, posting his third consecutive game with a passer rating of more than 100 (125.7). 2014—Started at LG in Games 1-12 and 15-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Started at ROT in Games 13-14, replacing injured Andre Smith ... Opened season as starting LG after quicker-than-expected recovery from December ’13 knee injury ... Was key in Bengals ranking third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), third in least sack yardage allowed (130) and sixth in rushing yards (134.2 per game) ... Averted offensive turnovers with pair of fumble recoveries ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one play late in the fourth quarter ... Helped lead the way to 191 rushing yards Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported Dalton passer rating of 143.9 (career-best to that point), and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... Also at at New Orleans, had a key block on 62-yard Jeremy Hill rush ... Started at ROT and played some LG on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, while helping power offense to 244 rushing yards, and recovered a Jeremy Hill fumble at Bengals 28 in fourth quarter ... In playoff-clinching win Dec. 22 vs. Denver, supported protection which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton, and helped power offense to 207 rushing yards, marking first time Bengals had rushed for 200 yards in consecutive games since Weeks 10-12 of 2003, when they did it in three consecutive games ... Also vs. Denver, recovered a Jermaine Gresham fumble at Bengals 48 in fourth quarter.
College: Played four seasons (2007-10) at Georgia ... Capped career by earning 2010 first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly ... Played every line position except center while seeing action in 51 games with 49 starts ... Departed with second-most starts for a non-kicker in school history, trailing only QB David Greene (52) ... Started 19 games at LOT, 19 at RG and 11 at ROT ... Voted to Georgia’s 2001-10 Team of the Decade ... In his first three seasons, Bulldogs posted three bowl wins (Sugar, Capital One and Independence, in that order).
Personal: Hometown is Alpharetta, Ga. ... Attended Chattahoochee (Ga.) High, earning Class 5A All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2006 ... Also started for prep basketball team ... Earned degree from Georgia in insurance risk management ... In high school, named school’s Academic Athlete of the Year in 2004 and ’05.
The Cincinnati Bengals have had a successful run of NFL Drafts, selecting players and developing them into contributors on the roster. Bengals.com highlights the 2011 selection of OL Clint Boling (101st overall) in this edition of Drafted by Bengals.