Was on Bengals practice squad for season’s last five games, plus Wild Card playoff ... Entered NFL in 2012 as college free agent with Oakland ... Spent four years at Arizona State, playing in 40 games, with 28 starts for the Sun Devils.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Oakland as college free agent on 5-2-12 ... Waived on 8-31-12 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 11-27-12 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-7-13.
2012 RECAP: Played in all four preseason games for Raiders, before being waived on Aug. 31 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on Nov. 27.
COLLEGE: Played TE his first two seasons at Arizona State and had five catches for 40 yards and one TD ... Scored TD vs. Stanford as freshman ... Made transition to T prior to junior season ... Started 13 games at T as senior—four at LT and nine at RT—earning honorable mention All Pac-12.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Reno, Nev. ... Attended Reno High School, where he was ranked as state’s top TE by Rivals.com ... Also lettered in track and field in high school ... Criminal justice major at Arizona State.
From virtually the minute last season ended Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been urging quarterback Andy Dalton to expand his role and on Tuesday as he watched Dalton prepare for the first voluntary practice of the spring he didn’t have to say a word. Literally.
This is why the Bengals signed veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk in free agency and why they drafted Texas Christian linebacker P.J. Dawson in the third round. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wants to be deep in practice as well as games.