College free agent signee spent his 2014 rookie season on Bengals practice squad and is on practice squad to open 2015 ... Showed versatility over four-year career at Michigan State, playing both tackle and guard.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-12-14 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 8-30-14 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 8-31-14 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-5-15 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-5-15 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-6-15.
2015 highlights: Appeared in all four preseason games, seeing extensive action, with one start ... Waived in final preseason cuts and signed to Bengals practice squad.
2014: On practice squad for Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff.
College: Played in 46 games with 37 starts over four seasons (2010-13) at Michigan State, with a redshirt year in 2009 ... Started 24 games at LOT as a sophomore and junior ... Started 13 games at RG as senior but missed 100th Rose Bowl, against No. 5 Stanford, due to lower-leg injury ... Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media ... Came to MSU as defensive tackle, but was switched to offensive line prior to sophomore season.
Personal: Hometown is North Royalton, Ohio ... Attended North Royalton High School, where he was ranked among nation’s top strong-side defensive ends by Rivals.com, and he also played tight end, rated state’s best blocker among TEs ... Three year starter for North Royalton basketball team ... Offseason residence is East Lansing, Mich. ... Earned bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in hospitality business ... Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2010 ... Favorite hobby is golf.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: France did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2014 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.
Eifert had surgery back in late May and the three-month prognosis makes him very iffy for the Sept. 11 opener against the Jets. On Friday he wouldn’t rule himself out and said his rehab is going well enough that the boot comes off next week. But he wouldn’t commit to a timeline.
As left tackle Andrew Whitworth mused Thursday on the 11th reporting day of his career, the difference between his rookie training camp at Kentucky’s Georgetown College and the one last year at homey Paul Brown Stadium? Night and day. With a 12-5 September record since 2011, take a bow Marvin Lewis.
The Bengals reported to Paul Brown Stadium Thursday and as five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his sixth training camp he says he’s one of a group of about five vying to replace Calvin Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver ... They signed vet safety Jimmy Wilson, who knows the defense from days with Kevin Coyle ... Vontaze Burfict went on the non-football injury list, but it's not believed serious ...
When the weekend clears and training camp is underway, the Bengals expect one of their all-time greats to appear at Monday’s practice and begin working for a few days with the next right tackle. Willie Anderson briefly takes Cedric Ogbuehi under his wing like Joe Walter took Anderson 20 years ago.
Mike Brown is the last guy to take himself seriously. He said so Tuesday, one of those rare days he talks to the media. But with Brown set to turn 81 next month in his franchise’s 49th season, it looks finally to be time to take him as seriously as any NFL owner should be taken.