News

Print
RSS

7th round hits needs

Posted Apr 30, 2011

In the seventh and final round the Bengals filled two needs that could be affected by free agency with Southern Illinois cornerback Korey Lindsey and Baylor running back Jay Finley. They could be forced into bigger roles than they know even now sitting behind the two most notable Bengals free agents in cornerback Johnathan Joseph and running back Cedric Benson.

Lindsey was a two-time First Team AP All-American and widely regarded as one of the top shutdown corners in the FCS. In 50 games, Lindsey had 14 interceptions that included six in both 2008 and 2009. The 5-10, 188-pound Lindsey is slight, but he also has a history of playmaking in big situations. He made 100 stop-generating plays on third or fourth down in his career.

Lindsey jumps into a battle for the final cornerback slots in a group that could have an extra spot open if Joseph doesn’t return.

“This is  a guy whose had a productive career there. He has some speed to him but really has great awareness and great quickness to him and ability to play the ball,” said secondary coach Kevin Coyle.

Lindsey's impact isn’t isolated to defense. He returned 42 punts for an average of 5.3 yards and Lewis said he'd have an opportunity to jump in as a punt returner.

Much like Lindsey, Finley produced quality numbers over his career. In his senior season he rushed for 1,218 yards at 6.2 yards a rush. In Baylor's 47-42 win against Kansas State he carried 26 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Finley’s not as much a between-the-tackles back, rather a versatile type that can break a long run with a gain of at least 38 yards in five of the final six games of the regular season.  

“He really has been productive,” Lewis said. “He’s got the ability to catch and run with the ball. Really what we were looking for was a guy that would show some versatility and abilities out of the backfield that we thought would be a good complement in our offense going forward.” 

  

Recent Articles

  • Listing into OTAs

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 22, 2015

    Views: 8,377
  • Bengals make some extra points in PAT move

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 20, 2015

    The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.

    Views: 11,362
  • Hobson's Choice: leaders in training

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 19, 2015

    The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.

    Views: 12,236
  • Justin Smith retirement closes out Bengals greatest draft class

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 18, 2015

    The retirement of 49ers defensive lineman Just Smith closes the books on the Bengals’ most successful draft ever.

    Views: 9,839
  • Hue and Hew

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 18, 2015

    The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.

    Views: 10,603

Recent Videos

Photos