Third-round 2015 draft choice blossomed late last season and is set for bigger role in ’16 ... Started five of last season’s last six games (including Wild Card playoff), three starts coming as replacement for injured Tyler Eifert and two starts coming as part of two-TE formation ... Had 11 catches for the ’15 regular season, for 129 yards and one TD, and finished third on team in special teams tackles (10).
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2015 NFL Draft (85th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-28-15.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, with two starts, after missing all four preseason games due to training camp knee injury ... Caught three-for-35 on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, his only receptions to date.
Previous season: 2015—Played in Games 1-16 ... Six starts, three in base offense replacing injured Tyler Eifert and three as part of multiple-TE alignment ... Also started Wild Card playoff, as a second TE ... Had first career reception Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, for four yards ... Made first career start as part of base offense on Dec. 6 at Cleveland, subbing for injured Tyler Eifert, and had a 17-yard reception ... Caught two-for-31 on Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh ... Made second start in base offense on Dec. 20 at San Francisco, and he caught three passes for 31 yards, including a 20-yard TD from QB AJ McCarron in the second quarter ... On Dec. 28 at Denver, logged four receptions for 46 yards, including a 15-yarder on third-and-eight during the Bengals’ game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.
College: Played 37 games with 24 starts for Rutgers over three seasons (2012-14), with a redshirt year in 2011 ... Entered NFL Draft following his junior season ... Established his receiving potential as a sophomore, when he led the team in catches (43) and receiving yards (573) ... His totals fell to 24-for-269 as a junior, but Rutgers moved to a run-dominated offensive scheme for 2014, and in adjusting to that switch he improved his NFL stock as a blocker and team player ... Earned Rutgers’ 2014 Loyal Knight Award, given to a player “who has displayed great character in sacrificing personal goals for the good of the team ... In 2014, appeared in 13 games (11 starts) as Rutgers went 8-5 in its first Big Ten season, capping year with Quick Lane Bowl victory over North Carolina ... Named First Team All-American Athletic Conference in 2013.
Personal: Hometown is Downington, Pa ... Attended Downington East High School, where he played at WR as a senior after playing the previous two seasons at TE ... Engaged to married (fiance Alexa Vitale) ... Hobbies include target shooting and video games.