A third-year pro for 2016, DiManche looks to continue a Bengals career that covered 28 games (one start) and one postseason game over 2013-14 ... Waived from Cincinnati’s Reserve/Injured list just before the 2015 season opener, he spent regular-season time with Cleveland before signing to Bengals practice squad the week of Cincinnati’s Wild Card playoff game ... Signed after the playoff to Bengals’ 2016 offseason roster ... In his first two Bengals seasons, totaled 13 tackles on defense and 15 on special teams, plus a blocked punt and a special teams forced fumble.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13 ... Waived (injured) by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Reverted to Bengals (Reserve/Injured list) after clearing waivers on 9-6-15 ... Waived by Bengals (injury settlement) on 9-11-15 ... Signed to Kansas City practice squad on 10-13-15 ... Signed to Cleveland roster on 10-20-15 ... Waived by Browns on 11-9-15 ... Signed to Brown practice squad on 11-11-15 ... Re-signed to Browns roster on 12-23-15 ... Waived by Browns on 12-31-15 ... Signed to Cincinnati practice squad on 1-5-16 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-11-16.
2015 recap: Opened training camp with Bengals and played in all four preseason games, leading team in special teams tackles (five) while logging two stops on defense ... Suffered knee injury in preseason finale, Sept. 3 at Indianapolis, and released in Waived/Injured category on Sept. 5 ... Reverted to Bengals’ Reserve/Injured list, and was waived from R/I with an injury settlement on Sept. 11 ... On Kansas City practice squad for Game 6 ... Signed to Cleveland roster prior to Game 7, Oct. 25 at St. Louis, and played (no statistics) against Rams ... Inactive for Browns for Games 8 and 15 ... On Browns practice squad for Games 10-14 ... Waived by Browns prior to Game 16 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad prior to Wild Card playoff.
Previous seasons: 2013—Only rookie college free agent to make Bengals opening roster, he played in every regular-season game and in the Wild Card playoff ... Second on team in regular season in special teams tackles (12), and blocked a punt ... Six tackles on defense and one pass defensed ... Saw first action on defense Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets (two tackles), and also had two tackles on special teams ... Blocked a Spencer Lanning punt in second quarter on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and teammate Tony Dye returned it 24 yards for a TD ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a 75-yard punt at Chargers four ... Three tackles and a pass defensed Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, seeing increased action on defense due to injury to LB James Harrison. 2014—Played for Bengals in Games 1-12 ... Had seven tackles on defense and three on special teams, and also had special teams FF ... Started at SLB (only career start) on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, replacing injured Emmanuel Lamur, and logged seven tackles (one for-loss) ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, forced a fumble by punt returner Brandin Cooks (Saints recovered) ... Suffered forearm fracture Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay and missed the remainder of season and postseason.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Southern Illinois, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Consistently wreaked havoc in offensive backfields in the FCS ranks, logging 38 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks ... Second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference performer as a senior, when he ranked second in conference in both sacks (eight) and TFLs (15) ... Named team captain as a senior ... Started all 11 games at linebacker en route to being a second team All-MVFC selection as a senior ... Recorded a tackle for loss in 10 different games and a sack in eight different games.
Personal: Hometown is Hamilton, N.J. ... Attended Hamilton West High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors as senior ... Won team’s defensive MVP and Hardest Hitter Awards ... Also a member of basketball and track and field teams ... Earned degree from Southern Illinois in communications, with a minor in marketing ... Twice named to MVFC Academic Honor Roll ... Served as summer intern in 2012 in media services office of Saluki Athletics ... Made offseason speaking visits in 2014 to his former elementary school and high school ... Enjoys traveling ... Last name is pronounced “dih-MAHNCH.”
If the Bengals linebackers room at Paul Brown Stadium is the home of the unwanted, the unloved and the undrafted, then James Harrison is the Ugly Duckling who grew into the Swan that has gone to five Pro Bowls and won an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, all the while becoming "The Baddest Man In Football."
From all of us at the Cincinnati Bengals, happy Thanksgiving! Carlos Dunlap, Andy Dalton, Andrew Whitworth, Mike Nugent, and Jayson DiManche talk turkey with Bengals.com
Cincinnati Bengals undrafted rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche waits to receive the phone call on whether he has made the team's 53-man roster.