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Brandon Thompson
DT #98
Height:
6-2
Weight:
315
College:
Clemson
Hometown:
Thomasville, GA
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 39 53 29 24 3 0 1 0 0 0 -- 0
2015 CIN 9 8 4 4 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 CIN 11 21 10 11 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 16 23 14 9 1.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2012 CIN 3 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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      A sixth-year player, Thompson did not play in 2016, spending season on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list ... Has completed rehab from knee injury suffered in 2015 season finale and is set to resume play in ’17 ... Played in nine games in 2015 ... Held starting DT job in 2013 for last seven games and Wild Card playoff, replacing injured Geno Atkins.

      A sixth-year player, Thompson did not play in 2016, spending season on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list ... Has completed rehab from knee injury suffered in 2015 season finale and is set to resume play in ’17 ... Played in nine games in 2015 ... Held starting DT job in 2013 for last seven games and Wild Card playoff, replacing injured Geno Atkins.

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2012 NFL Draft (93rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-25-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-25-16.

 

     2016 highlights: Missed preseason due to rehab of knee injury ... Placed Aug. 30 on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list ... Cleared to resume practice on a roster exemption on Nov. 22, but window for possible return to roster expired on Dec. 13.

 

     Previous seasons: 2012—Played in three games as a rookie (Games 1-2 and 4), and recorded two tackles ... Inactive for Games 3 and 5-16 ... One tackle Sept. 10 at Baltimore and Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland. 2013—Played in every game, and started last seven, plus Wild Card playoff, as replacement for injured Geno Atkins ... Had 48 tackles in regular season, with 1.5 sacks ... Two tackles, with a seven-yard shared sack of Thad Lewis, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Six tackles Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, with first career solo sack, nine-yarder against Geno Smith ... Led line in tackles (seven) on Oct. 31 at Miami ... Tied for line lead in tackles (seven) on Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Tied for line lead with six tackles on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Led the line and finished second on the team with eight tackles in Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego. 2014—Played in 11 games (Games 1-2 and 8-16) and in Wild Card playoff ... Had 21 tackles, including one sack ... Inactive (knee) for Games 3-7 ... Led line with six tackles on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, his nine-yard sack of Johnny Manziel helped force Browns punt in third quarter ... Led line with four tackles (one for-loss) in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis. 2015—Played in nine games (Games 3, 5, 6, 8, 10-11 and 14-16) ... Inactive for the other seven games, and on Reserve/Injured list for Wild Card playoff, due to knee injury suffered in regular-season finale vs. Baltimore ... Had a shared sack among his eight tackles, three for losses ... Logged two tackles, including one for a loss, in his season debut on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, logged one tackle, a shared sack that dropped E.J. Manuel for no gain in second quarter ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, dropped RB Duke Johnson for five-yard loss on first-and-goal from Cincinnati four in first quarter, key play in forcing Browns to settle for FG and 7-3 deficit.

 

     College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Clemson ... Durable performer saw action in 53 games, and 37 of his 38 starts came in his last three seasons ... Finished with 208 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles-for-loss ... Had two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Was a team captain for 10-4 club as a senior and was named honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly ... Had one of the dominant weightlifting performances at 2012 NFL Combine, with 35 bench presses (225 pounds).

 

     Personal: Hometown is Thomasville, Ga. ... Attended Thomasville (Ga.) High School, where he was a four-year starter as a two-way lineman ... Earned all-state honors as both a junior and a senior ... As a senior at Thomasville, he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper ... Management major at Clemson.

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