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Film Room: Bengals tight ends play multiple roles in win vs. Colts

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  • Film Room: Bengals tight ends play multiple roles in win vs. Colts

    The Cincinnati Bengals shook things up a bit this preseason releasing long time h-back Ryan Hewitt and keeping four tight ends on their roster. Although tight end Mason Schreck was impressive in the preseason Youth Hardy Nickerson Jersey , many thought that he would be the odd man out. When he did make it, it was assumed that it was due to the threat of Tyler Eifert getting injured. In the Bengals’ Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts, they used Eifert, Tyler Kroft, and C.J. Uzomah heavily and showed how they will deal with the absence of Hewitt. While Eifert is the star of the group and Kroft was the starter most of last season it was Uzomah who played the most snaps against the Colts, likely due to his versatility.In the first clip, Uzomah is lined up in the natural tight end position to the left of the formation. Eifert lined up at fullback offset to the twins. As the play action occurs, the linebackers to the twins side look to fill Cheap Jessie Bates III Jersey , and Eifert sneaks right by them and is wide open.In this clip, both Kroft and Uzomah are on the field, but neither is lined up as a true tight end. Uzomah is lined up in the slot at the top of the screen and Kroft is lined up in an h-back position on the bottom of the screen. The Bengals run a bootleg with Uzomah running the deep crosser and Kroft blocking down on the defensive end before releasing to the flat.On this play, Uzomah is lined up as an attached tight end on the right side of the formation. He catches the ball on a quick out route.Here, Uzomah is lined up as the slot receiver on the right side of the formation. Running back Joe Mixon motions out to the right and the quarterback Andy Dalton throws him a quick screen. Uzomah provides a bigger and stronger blocker in front of him. On this goal-line play, Uzomah lines up at tight end on the right side of the formation. Offensive tackle Jake Fisher lines up at tight end on the left side, and Kroft lines up at the h-back off of his shoulder. Rookie defensive lineman Sam Hubbard is lined up at fullback. He leads the way for Mixon on the touchdown run. The Bengals load up the right side of the formation on this play with Kroft at tight end on the line of scrimmage, Uzomah at h-back outside of him Cheap Tyler Eifert Jersey , and Eifert lined up outside of Uzomah. Both Uzomah and Eifert are lined up tight like h-backs but in staggered stances like wide receivers. Their alignment puts them in a position to contribute as a blocker in the run game, and their stances allows them to get a quick release in the pass game. This is a pass play and both get quickly into their routes.Kroft lines up at tight end on the right side with Uzomah outside of him in the h-back position. Running back Tra Carson lines up in front of Mixon in the I-formation. Right guard Alex Redmond pulls around and kicks out. Center Billy Price also pulls and leads up the hole along with Carson.The Bengals have a plethora of tight ends who can contribute in multiple ways. In Week 1, they showed that they can use multiple players at the position; using the strengths of each to put them in a position to succeed. The Bengals are enjoying their week off, but they’re also keeping tabs on potential free agent additions.With Carl Lawson done for the year, the Bengals worked out several pass-rushers this week, the most notable being defensive Kony Ealy.Ealy, a former second-round pick of the Panthers, has 15 career sacks in 62 games with the Panthers and Jets. He spent his first three years in Carolina before being waived and claimed by New York last year , where he recorded one sack, nine pass deflections and 14 tackles in 15 games.Defensive end Ryan Russell is in his fourth NFL season after originally being a fifth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2015. After one year in Dallas, he was waived and claimed by the Buccaneers, where he recorded three sacks and 21 tackles and three sacks in 22 games over the last two seasons.Aaron Ripkowski was a starting fullback for the Packers before being released this year. The Bengals have not had a fullback/h-back this year after cutting Ryan Hewitt before the season. Shane Smith was a starting fullback for the Giants in 2017 and made the roster this year before being cut after making two appearances. Linebacker Kasim Edebali is a career reserve who has appeared in 61 career games with the Saints, Broncos and Lions. He has 55 tackles and eight sacks in his career. Aaron Wallace is another linebacker who’s spent most of his career coming off the bench in 13 career games over the past three seasons with the Titans, making 17 total tackles. Tyrone Holmes is a reserve linebacker who’s appeared in 15 games with the Chiefs over the last two seasons while making nine tackles. Finally, tight end Ben Koyack is a third-year player who appeared in 30 games (10 starts) over the last two seasons with the Jaguars, making 24 grabs for 199 yards and one score. He was waived this year with an injury settlement Bengals William Jackson Jersey , so it appears he’s now healthy enough to sign with a team. The Bengals certainly could use more depth at defensive end, linebacker and tight end, so any one of these players could be signed in the future. As for the fullbacks, it’s unclear if the Bengals want to get back to having one to boost their ground game, which has been doing well in recent weeks, and Joe Mixon is typically at his best out of the shotgun without a fullback.