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Tony Dye
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Height:
5-10
Weight:
205
College:
UCLA
Hometown:
Corona, CA
Experience:
2

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2013 HIGHLIGHTS: On practice squad for Games 4-10 ... Made NFL debut in Game 11 on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and returned Jayson DiManche’s blocked punt 24 yards for a TD and 21-13 lead in second quarter ... Inactive (coach's decision) for Games 12-13 ... On practice squad for Games 4-10 and 14-15 ... Opened ’12 training camp with Bengals and played in all four preseason games, with one tackle and one pass defensed.

Dye was signed to practice squad following Game 3 and played in Games 11-13 after being signed to roster … Waived after Game 13 but has returned to practice squad … Made NFL debut Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland and returned a blocked punt 24 yards for a TD ... Played four seasons at UCLA (2008-11), totaling 207 tackles with one INT and one fumble return TD.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: On practice squad for Games 4-10 ... Made NFL debut in Game 11 on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and returned Jayson DiManche’s blocked punt 24 yards for a TD and 21-13 lead in second quarter ... Inactive (coach's decision) for Games 12-13 ... On practice squad for Games 4-10 and 14-15 ... Opened ’12 training camp with Bengals and played in all four preseason games, with one tackle and one pass defensed.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 5-12-12 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-13 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-24-13 ... Signed 11-16-13 to Bengals roster … Waived by Bengals on 12-12-13 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 12-13-13.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012—Played in preseason Games 1 and 4 ... Logged four total tackles (including two solos) ... Also had one special teams tackle ... Was placed on Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 31 due to an ankle injury suffered Aug. 10 vs. N.Y. Jets.

COLLEGE: Three-year starter (2009-11) at UCLA ... Battled neck and ankle injuries during senior season, limiting him to seven games, with five starts, totaling 15 tackles ... As a junior, started all 12 games at strong safety and led team in tackles (96) and pass breakups (nine), with one INT ... Earned PAC-10 honorable mention honors as a junior, was co-winner of team’s MVP award and won award for team’s outstanding defensive player for his performance against archrival USC ... Started all 13 games at strong safety as a sophomore, logging 73 tackles, with one TD — a 28-yard fumble return vs. Arizona ... Appeared in 11 games as a freshman, logging 15 tackles.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Corona, Calif. ... Attended Santiago High School, where he was a three-year letterman and starred as a two-way player ... Also lettered in track and field in high school ... Father, Mark, played baseball with the Houston Astros organization ... Majored in history at UCLA.

Recent Articles

  • Dye proves it takes all kinds

    Posted Nov 19, 2013

    Tony Dye is living proof an NFL roster is culled from all over.

  • Special delivery to top of the AFC North

    Posted Nov 18, 2013

    The best measurement of depth is that roster dance called special teams and in Sunday's desperate second quarter with the AFC North on the line they delivered 17 of the franchise-record 31 points to ignite the 41-20 victory.

Recent Videos

  • Tony Dye on his TD

    (1:03) Posted Nov 17, 2013

    The Bengals safety talks about scoring a touchdown in his first NFL game.

  • Tony Dye blocked punt return for TD

    (1:21) Posted Nov 17, 2013

    The Cincinnati Bengals get their second takeaway of the game when safety Tony Dye scoops up a blocked punt and takes it back 24 yards for a touchdown.

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