A 2010 Bengals college free agent signee, Rey has emerged recently as a presence on defense, replacing injured Rey Maualuga in starting lineup for Games 9-11 … On Nov. 10 at Baltimore, became first player in Bengals history with three sacks and one INT in a game … Has played in every game since start of 2011 season … Has made key contributions in goal line defense, and also ranks second on team in special teams tackles.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 1-12, with starts in Games 9-11, replacing injured Rey Maualuga … Has 43 tackles on defense and nine (second on team) on special teams ... Three sacks, one INT, three total passes defensed and tied for team lead with six tackles-for-loss ... On Oct. 6 vs. New England, stopped RB LeGarrette Blount for no gain on first-and-goal play from one-yard line in fourth quarter, and defense went on to hold Patriots to field goal ... Had two tackles on the four plays of a goal-line stand Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... One tackle on defense and two on special teams Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Led team with 10 tackles, including two for losses, in start Oct. 31 at Miami … Had 13 tackles Nov. 10 at Baltimore, second on team, including three sacks of Joe Flacco for 19 yards, and intercepted a deflected Flacco pass in second quarter, returning it four yards to Bengals 35 ... 13 tackles, including one for loss and a QB pressure, Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland. ... Returned to a reserve role Dec. 1 at San Diego recording two tackles and recovery of a Keenan Allen fumble in fourth quarter.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals on 4-30-10 as college free agent ... Waived on 9-4-10 and signed to practice squad on 9-5-10 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 12-8-10 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-12-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals as exclusive-rights player on 4-3-13.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Played in all five preseason games for Bengals and tied for third on team in tackles (15) ... Opened season on practice squad, and signed to Bengals roster the week of Game 13 ... Inactive for Games 13-14, and played in Games 15-16, with two special teams tackles ... Made NFL debut in upset win Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, recording two special teams tackles.
2011 - Finished fifth on special teams with nine tackles ... Two special teams tackles Sept. 11 at Cleveland ... Two special teams tackles Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis ... Tied for special teams lead with two tackles Oct. 30 at Seattle ... Played in all four preseason games and tied for second on team in tackles (13).
2012—Made one start at WLB, and recorded 18 tackles for the season, with one sack and one pass defensed ... His total of 12 special teams tackles trailed only Dan Skuta (17) and Jeromy Miles (15) ... Started at WLB Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, replacing injured Thomas Howard, and finished second on team in tackles (nine) ... Four tackles Sept. 23 at Washington ... Recorded one tackle on defense and one on special teams Sept. 30 at Jacksonville ... Tied for team lead in special teams tackles (two) Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh ... Led special teams with three tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Played in all four preseason games, logging 16 tackles (third on team) and three special teams tackles ... Led team with three special teams tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2006-09) at Duke, seeing action in 48 games with 35 starts ... A two-year team captain, he left Blue Devils ranked ninth in program history in tackles (330) ... Averaged 106 tackles per year over his last three seasons ... Set school record with three fumble returns for TDs, and also had 28 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three INTs.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Far Rockaway, N.Y. ... Attended Bayside High School, and later spent one season at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy ... In 2009, earned a University Scholar Athlete award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ... Last name is pronounced “RAY.”
Twenty three NFL players—13 active players and 10 former players—including Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey, will take part in the new NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial “Investment for Impact” program April 18-21 at the University of Notre Dame.