DiManche looks to increase his playing time in 2014 after a promising rookie season ... Was the lone 2013 college free agent signee to make the team’s season-opening roster ... Finished second on team in special teams tackles (12) last season, and made a key play on Nov. 17 win vs. Cleveland, blocking a punt that teammate Tony Dye returned for a TD ... Excellent speed for a 240-pounder.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
2014 highlights: Has played in Games 1-5, primarily on special teams … Has one special teams tackle, coming on Oct. 5 at New England, when he dropped KOR Patrick Chung at Patriots 14.2013: Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, and ranked second on team with 12 special teams tackles ... Was the lone 2013 college free agent signee to make the team’s season-opening roster ... Six tackles on defense and one pass defensed ... Two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Played on defense for first time Oct. 27 vs. Jets, and recorded two tackles and two special teams tackles ... Blocked a Spencer Lanning punt in second quarter on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and S Tony Dye returned it 24 yards for a TD and a 21-13 lead ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a 75-yard punt at Chargers four ... Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Saw increased snaps on defense to due injury of SLB James Harrison on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, and recorded three tackles and a pass defensed ... Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles on Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.
If the Bengals linebackers room at Paul Brown Stadium is the home of the unwanted, the unloved and the undrafted, then James Harrison is the Ugly Duckling who grew into the Swan that has gone to five Pro Bowls and won an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, all the while becoming "The Baddest Man In Football."
Cincinnati Bengals undrafted rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche waits to receive the phone call on whether he has made the team's 53-man roster.