Ninth-year NFL vet with a Super Bowl ring signed with Bengals as free agent on 10-1-13, and has played in five games ... Joined club with 121 NFL games played, including 102 starts ... Played 16 games for N.Y. Giants in 2012, with 11 starts, and finished fourth on team in tackles (84) and third in INTs (three) ... Helped lead Giants to Super Bowl win over New England in 2011 season, starting 13 regular season games and all four postseason games ... Earned an NFC Defensive Player of the Week award with Giants in 2009 ... Entered NFL with Atlanta as fifth-round draft choice in 2005 and went to Giants as unrestricted free agent in ’09 ... Released by Giants this past February, and signing with Bengals marks his first NFL assignment of this year.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 5-8 and 11-12 and has five tackles on defense … Inactive for Games 9-10 with a hamstring injury ... No statistics, but credited by coaches with consistent rush pressure against P Sam Martin on Oct. 20 at Detroit, helping lead to short punt late in fourth quarter that helped set up winning Bengals field goal ... Appeared on defense for first time this season Oct. 27 vs. the Jets, and recorded five tackles ... Returned to action Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland playing on special teams and briefly on defense (no statistics).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Atlanta in fifth round of 2005 NFL Draft (160th overall) ... Signed with Falcons on 7-26-05 ... Signed with N.Y. Giants as unrestricted free agent on 2-28-09 ... Released by Giants on 2-5-13 ... Signed as free agent with Cincinnati on 10-1-13.
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.
Cincinnati's dominance at Paul Brown Stadium and in the AFC North continued for another intriguing week when its offense weapons jumped off the paper like they were supposed to.
The turning point of Sunday's 42-21 win for the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium was hotly disputed by the Colts.
Giovani Bernard skated to a career day while Andy Dalton navigated the 25-degree weather with three touchdowns passes to help the Bengals stay unbeaten at Paul Brown Stadium in a 42-28 victory.
The Bengals.com Media Roundtable has checked its radar apps and given the unanimous nod to the outdoor Andy Dalton over the indoor Andrew Luck.