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Matthew O'Donnell
OT #79
Height:
6-9
Weight:
340
Age:
26
College:
Queen's (Canada)
Hometown:
Kingston (Ontario)
Experience:
1

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Bio

      A product of the Canadian college ranks, former Bengals signee returns to Cincinnati for 2015, after spending three seasons with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League ... Was on Bengals practice squad in 2011, and was also with Cincinnati in 2012 preseason ... An athletic prospect for his size, he has participated in pro basketball tryouts with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

      A product of the Canadian college ranks, former Bengals signee returns to Cincinnati for 2015, after spending three seasons with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League ... Was on Bengals practice squad in 2011, and was also with Cincinnati in 2012 preseason ... An athletic prospect for his size, he has participated in pro basketball tryouts with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

     Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 7-28-11 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-3-11 ... Signed to Bengals practice
squad on 9-4-11 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-9-12 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-12 ... Signed by Bengals on 2-2-15.

     2012-14 CFL: Signed with Edmonton in September of 2012, after his rights were acquired in a trade with Saskatchewan ... Played in 42 games for Edmonton over 2012-14, seeing action at guard and tackle.

     Previous NFL seasons: 2011—Signed with Bengals as college free agent, just before opening of training camp ... Played in all four preseason games, and spent full season on Cincinnati practice squad. 2012—Played in all four Bengals preseason games, and waived in final roster cuts.

     College: Attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada ... Played in every game in his four seasons with the Gaels (2007-10) ... Helped team win Vanier Cup championship in 2009 ... Closed college career with a south-of-the-border berth in the East-West Shrine Game played after the 2010 season.

     Personal: Hometown is Kingston, Ontario ... Attended Holy Cross Secondary School.

      NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: O’Donnell did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011, ’12, ’13 or ’14 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in any of those four seasons.

Recent Articles

  • Seeking The Moment

    Posted Jul 2, 2015

  • Hobson's Choice: D-line nostalgia from 2012-13

    Posted Jun 30, 2015

    The re-signing of Michael Johnson gives the Bengals virtually the same cast of characters they had in the Who Dey heyday of a few years ago.

  • No surprise: P.B. still strong

    Posted Jun 29, 2015

    It's been 40 years since Paul Brown last coached a game. But his one and only strength coach, Kim Wood, shows how his old boss has never gone out of style.

  • Timeout, courtesy of MJ

    Posted Jun 26, 2015

    Now a timeout from all the hate and the madness. Time for a few snaps of charity and a couple of downs of hope from Bengals right end Michael Johnson as he continues his rush to make a difference. So step right into the Michael D. Johnson Technology Center in his hometown of Selma, Ala.

  • Numbers game marks the spot

    Posted Jun 25, 2015

    From 1 to slightly more than 1,000 in a numbers game gone wild as we offer Bengaldom a rash of digits to peruse for the upcoming season. Andy Dalton eyes Johnny Unitas, A.J. Green chases down Isaac Curtis, Leon Hall tries to jump over Leapin’ Lemar Parrish, and Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko (above) close in on the ironmen.

Recent Videos

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  • Coach Cam: Houshmandzadeh

    Posted Jun 23, 2015

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  • Minicamp 2015 Highlights

    Posted Jun 19, 2015

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  • Taste of the NFL 2015

    Posted Jun 18, 2015

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  • 'Top 100 Players of 2015': No. 37 A.J. Green

    Posted Jun 17, 2015

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is voted the 37th-best player in the NFL by his peers on the "Top 100 Players of 2015".

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