2010 HIGHLIGHTS: College free agent was released under the “waived/injured” category on Aug. 22, and reverted to Bengals Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 24 … Suffered knee injury Aug. 15 vs. Denver.
COLLEGE: Agile lineman who entered junior college ranks as a TE, Mitchell contributed to powerhouse offenses in each of his two seasons (2008-09) at Oklahoma State … Helped Cowboys post consecutive 9-4 records, with berths in Holiday Bowl (’08 season) and Cotton Bowl (’09 season) … Began last season as starting RG, and replaced injured Brady Bond as starting RT for the final four games … Part of an offense that averaged 28.4 points, 187.8 rushing yards and 367.2 net yards per game … Aided pass protection that allowed only 11 sacks … Played as a backup T in 2008, for offense that averaged 40.8 points, 245.5 rushing yards and 487.7 net yards per game … In 2006-07, attended Snow Junior College (Ephraim, Utah), where he was a first-team All-America selection at T in ’07 by JC Gridwire and the NJCAA … Began college career in 2003 at Dixie CC (St. George, Utah), playing TE … Did not play in 2004-05 while on Mormon Church mission … Redshirted at Snow JC in 2006 due to injury.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Choctaw, Okla. … Attended Choctaw High School … Journalism/broadcasting major at Oklahoma State … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-10.
As his position coach, Jay Hayes is one of Devon Still’s biggest fans. As the Bengals defensive line coach, he is also supervising the most competitive group on the roster as they head into Thursday night’s pre-season finale (7-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Indianapolis. Earlier this week, Hayes sat in his office counting the chairs, as if reminding himself after 13 years this is quite a moment.
His fellow wide receivers feel good now that Marvin Jones is back after missing last season. Mohamed Sanu calls him their “spark.” And the numbers say Bengaldom should be glad he’s back. They are 7-1 when Jones scores a TD. But the biggest thing after “a lot of low points,” is that Jones thinks he’s back.
The Bengals got down to 75 players Tuesday morning when they moved three injured players off the roster, led by first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi.
Maybe you do need a Dartmouth graduate as well as a communications major from Fresno State who leads the NFL in internships and carries a briefcase to the linebackers room to help figure out this roster cut-down business.