Versatile pro completed his third season as a starter in 2014, opening 14 games at LG and two at ROT ... Started at LG in Wild Card playoff ... Moved to ROT spot for Games 13-14, replacing injured Andre Smith, and went back to LG for Games 15-16 as Eric Winston took ROT spot ... Was a key cog in Bengals ranking third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), third in least sack yardage allowed (130) and sixth in rushing yards (134.2 per game) ... Averted offensive turnovers with a pair of fumble recoveries ... Came back to open season as starting LG after a quicker-than-expected recovery from a December 2013 knee injury.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2011 NFL Draft (101st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-29-11.
2014 highlights: Started at LG in Games 1-12 and 15-16 and at ROT in Games 13-14 ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped pave way for 170 rushing yards Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton for third consecutive game ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one play late in the fourth quarter ... Helped lead the way for 423 yards, including 191 rushing, on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported pass protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Andy Dalton posted career-best 143.9 passer rating, and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... Also at at New Orleans, had a key block on 62-yard Jeremy Hill rush ... Started first career game at ROT on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, and supported protection of Andy Dalton who posted a 128.8 passer rating, while offense totaled 408 yards ... Started at ROT and played some LG on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, while helping power offense to 244 rushing yards, and recovered a Jeremy Hill fumble at Bengals 28 in fourth quarter ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, supported protection which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton, and helped power offense to 207 rushing yards, marking first time Bengals had rushed for 200 yards in consecutive games since Weeks 10-12 of 2003, when they did it in three consecutive games ... Also vs. Denver, recovered a Jermaine Gresham fumble at Bengals 48 in fourth quarter.
Previous seasons: 2011—Rookie started Games 1-3 at RG in place of suspended Bobbie Williams ... In reserve role for Games 4 and 16 ... Inactive for Games 5-13, and active-DNP for Games 14-15 and for Wild Card playoff at Houston ... In season opener Sept. 11 at Cleveland, aided Cedric Benson’s 121-yard, one-TD rushing effort. 2012—Started at LG in all 16 games, and also started Wild Card playoff at Houston ... Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions, edging Houston’s Arian Foster by one (14-13), and Green-Ellis had only 15 attempts to Foster’s 19 ... Helped Green-Ellis rush for at least 100 yards four times in five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), with 168.2 team average in that span ... Took over No. 1 LG spot early in preseason opener when anticipated competition with veteran free agent Travelle Wharton was halted by season-ending Wharton knee injury ... Supported blocking effort Sept. 23 at Washington that netted season highs in points (38) and net yards (478) ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards with 6.5 average Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided rushing effort of 41-for-157 (3.8) and season-best 37:40 possession time, with Green-Ellis (106) becoming only second player in team history to log four 100-yard rushing totals in span of five team games. 2013—Started at LG in Games 1-12 ... Placed Dec. 3 on Reserve/Injured list, following knee injury suffered in Game 12, Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Contributed to Bengals ’13 NFL rankings of 10th in net offense and tied for sixth in scoring ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, supported no sacks allowed and offensive output of 407 yards ... On Oct. 6 vs. New England, supported 162 rushing yards on 39 carries (4.2) ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, contributed to season-high in total net yards (483), including season-high 165 rushing ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, protected Andy Dalton for 372 passing yards and then career-high 135.9 passer rating ... Helped lead effort Oct. 27 vs. the Jets which allowed only one sack for two yards as Dalton threw for 325 yards and a career-high five TDs, posting his third consecutive game with a passer rating of more than 100 (125.7) ... Left game in the first quarter on Dec. 1 at San Diego after suffering season-ending knee injury.
College: Played four seasons (2007-10) at Georgia ... Capped career by earning 2010 first-team All-America honors from Pro Football Weekly ... Played every line position except center while seeing action in 51 games with 49 starts ... Departed with second-most starts for a non-kicker in school history, trailing only QB David Greene (52) ... Started 19 games at LOT, 19 at RG and 11 at ROT ... Voted to Georgia’s 2001-10 Team of the Decade ... In his first three seasons, Bulldogs posted three bowl wins (Sugar, Capital One and Independence, in that order).
Personal: Hometown is Alpharetta, Ga. ... Attended Chattahoochee (Ga.) High, earning Class 5A All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2006 ... Also started for prep basketball team ... Earned degree from Georgia in insurance risk management ... In high school, named school’s Academic Athlete of the Year in 2004 and ’05.