Physically impressive prospect from college FCS ranks spent 2012 on the practice squad ... Has no regular-season game action to date, but has been with team since 2010, splitting time between practice squad and roster ... Has excellent “measurables,” combining classic NFL size (6-5, 311) with 34-inch arms, 10.5-inch hands, 26-inch vertical jump, and 5.1-second 40-yard dash ... Began college career on defensive line.
2012 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in all four preseason games ... Waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Bengals practice squad.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2010 NFL Draft (152nd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-7-10 ... Waived on 9-4-10 and signed 9-5-10 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed 1-3-11 to Bengals offseason roster ... Waived on 10-6-11, then signed to Bengals practice squad on 10-7-11 ... Re-signed to Bengals active roster on 12-12-11 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-12 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-1-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Inactive for Games 1-4 ... Waived Oct. 6 and signed Oct. 7 to practice squad ... Re-signed to roster Dec. 12, after Bengals placed starting RG Bobbie Williams on Reserve/Injured list, and was inactive for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff ... Sidelined with knee injury from early preseason through Week 2, but was cleared to resume practice in Week 3.
2010 - Drafted by Bengals in fifth round (152nd overall) … Played in four preseason games, missing Game 2 due to illness … Waived on Sept. 4 and signed Sept. 5 to practice squad … On practice squad for Games 1-16.
COLLEGE: Played two seasons (2008-09) at Eastern Illinois, after beginning career in ’06-07 at Minnesota … In ’09, started all 12 games at RT for Eastern Illinois club that went 8-4 with berth in FCS playoffs … Also started at RT as a junior … Played in nine games on defensive line during his two seasons at Minnesota … Redshirted at Minnesota in 2005.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Barrington, Ill., in Greater Chicago ... Attended Barrington High School, where he was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track ... Industrial technology major at Eastern Illinois.
The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the 13th annual Taste of the NFL benefiting the Freestore Foodbank. Players and cheerleaders attended the "dinner-by-the-bite" event which involved more than 40 area restaurants. This year's Taste of the NFL raised approximately $130,000 for the Freestore Foodbank, the equivalent of 390,000 meals.