Agile and athletic for a 306-pounder, the second-round 2015 draft pick contributes in multiple ways while awaiting a chance to move into OL starting five ... In addition to snaps at OT last season, he served as “big tight end” in extra-blocker formations, and late in the season he was switched to H-back, replacing the injured Ryan Hewitt ... Had a 31-yard reception last season vs. San Diego in the extra-TE spot, longest in history by a Bengals OL and longest by an NFL OL since 1988.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2015 NFL Draft (53rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-20-15 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 8-2-16.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, primarily seeing action as “big tight end” in extra-blocker situations ... Part of blocking unit that has Bengals ranked 3rd in NFL in net passing offense (291.0).
Previous season: 2015—Played in 14 games (Games 1-12 and 15-16), with a start Nov. 16 vs. Houston as second TE ... Inactive for Games 13-14 due to concussion suffered during practice week prior to Game 13 ... His official position designation was switched from OT to H-back for Game 16 and the Wild Card playoff, as coaches chose him to replace injured H-back Ryan Hewitt ... Changed uniform number from 74 to 44 with the switch to H-back ... On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, as eligible receiver, logged a 31-yard reception to Chargers 16 in third quarter, setting up a FG ... His 31-yarder vs. Chargers was longest receiving gain by an NFL offensive lineman since Nov. 13, 1988, when Indianapolis G Brian Baldinger went 37 yards vs. Green Bay ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, helped allow no sacks as Andy Dalton posted 118.6 passer rating ... In his H-back debut, Jan. 3 win over Baltimore, was credited with a key block on HB Jeremy Hill’s 38-yard TD run.
College: Played four seasons (2011-14) at Oregon, seeing action in 51 of a possible 54 games, with 35 starts ... Helped lead Ducks to a 48-7 record during his career, with all four teams averaging 230 or more rushing yards per game ... Helped lead Ducks to nation’s No. 3 offensive ranking (547.0 yards per game) and a No. 4 mark in scoring (45.4) as a senior ... Helped offense top 300 rushing yards in Pac-12 Championship win over Arizona and in Rose Bowl (national semifinal) win over Florida State ... In Fisher’s two missed games in 2014, Oregon gave up 12 of its season total of 31 sacks allowed ... Started as a junior at ROT for 11-2 team that finished with Alamo Bowl win over Texas, and was an 11-game starter as a sophomore for 12-1 team that closed with Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State
Personal: Hometown is Traverse City, Mich. ... Attended Traverse City (Mich.) West High School, where he was two-way player at TE and DL, earning all-state honors on defense as senior ... Majored in General Social Science at Oregon.
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.