One man's nick is another man's knack and Brandon Ghee used Sunday night's dearth of cornerbacks to take another step into the Bengals picture in their secondary.
With Ghee one of just healthy three corners, he got plenty of work and came up with a diving interception of quarterback
It was such a good spring that the team's best corner,
It doesn't look like Ghee is headed to the waiver wire this year.
"I could come out here the next day and have a bad play and y'all would say, 'He's the worst corner,' " Ghee said. "So you have to keep pushing and make more plays."
It looks like there will be some new corners to get the Bengals through this crunch of minor but nagging injuries. Besides the leg injury that figures to shelve rookie
But the others except Kirkpatrick, should be back soon. The Bengals had planned to give Hall the day off Sunday after he worked the first two days on his surgically-repaired Achilles, and that no doubt is going to be a pattern the rest of training camp with days off every few days.
And that's kind of the thinking with
"We're in the marathon stage, not the sprint," said secondary coach Mark Carrier.
The 6-4, 225-pound Iloka has impressed with his range, which allowed him to play corner in half of Boise State's games including its bowl. He found himself hooked up with fellow fifth-rounder, Cal receiver
"The more snaps I get at corner and the more I get at safety, it's going to help me learn the entire defense," Iloka said.
Or as, Dye said, "A DB is a DB," and he hasn’t played corner since his first week at UCLA.
Which is why the Bengals will probably go get some help, like when they signed rookie
The irony ever since the OTAs started in May is that cornerback was supposed to be the club's deepest position, but the Bengals have never been at full capacity. But it also shows why "You can never have enough corners," has become a cliché. In this era of routine 4,000-yard passers, you don't have to lose many before you're scrambling. It would seem highly unlikely the Bengals would keep as many as seven cornerbacks, but are those days coming?
The depth has helped in a lot of other ways. Ghee said that ever since Newman signed in May, the 10-year vet has been generous with advice and feedback.
"I just learned how to compete; I was inconsistent," Ghee said. "One day I'd compete, not compete the next. Now I know how to go hard every play. I think a lot of rookies, especially DBs, go through that maturity factor. I finally learned it and now I'm doing well."