Cincinnati native has signed with Bengals as a free agent for 2017 ... Formerly a standout at St. Xavier High School and Miami (Ohio) University, he entered the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted rookie with Buffalo and spent most of the season with Bills, and saw action in one game ... Played in college as a defensive lineman, and was a second-team All Mid-American Conference selection as a senior, after earning Miami’s DL of the Year award as a junior.
Career transactions: Signed with Buffalo as a college free agent on 5-6-16 ... Waived by Bills on 9-15-16 ... Signed to Bills practice squad on 9-17-16 ... Signed to Bills roster on 12-10-16 ... Waived by Bills on 12-13-16 ... Signed to Bills practice squad on 12-15-16 ... Signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on 1-24-16.
2016 recap: Made Buffalo’s season-opening roster and was inactive for Game 1 ... Also on roster for Game 13, Dec. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, and played on special teams, with brief action on defense ... On Buffalo practice squad for Games 2-12 and 14-16 ... Played in all four Bills preseason games and logged five tackles, three QB hits and a fumble recovery.
College: Played four seasons (2012-15) at Miami, seeing action in all 48 games ... Started 35 of his 36 games from 2013-15 ... Totaled 129 tackles, 12 sacks and 21 tackles for-loss ... In 2015, in his final game, he earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors against UMass, with a victory-sealing INT, two sacks and seven total tackles ... Earlier in 2015, he led win over Eastern Michigan with three sacks, nine tackles and a fumble recovery ... In ’14, had seven tackles and a sack at Michigan ... Had a three-sack game vs. Bowling Green ’13.
Personal: Hometown is Cincinnati ... Attended St. Xavier High School, where he earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior ... Earned degree in kinesiology at Miami ... Brother, Alex, played LB at Boston College and for Dallas Cowboys.
If they happened to look up at the walkway above the Bengals weight room, they saw Joe Mixon take his first steps in Paul Brown Stadium Saturday. And the fans at the Bengals draft party cheered and yelled welcome as he paused, as if not quite sure if it was for him. He held up his right and waved on his way to the elevator with the cheers chasing after him.
The Cincinnati Bengals select Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson in Round 6 with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals select Oklahoma linebacker Jordan Evans in Round 6 with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.