Fifth-year pro is in his second Bengals season, after joining Cincinnati as a free agent in November of last year … Played in four Bengals games, after opening ’10 with Detroit and playing in eight games … Spent first three years of career in St. Louis, appearing in 47 games (six starts) … Originally a third-round draft choice of Rams in 2007.
2010 PARTICIPATION: Became a free agent on March 4, when his St. Louis Rams contract expired with no qualifying offer … Signed on March 9 with the Detroit Lions … Played in season’s first eight games for Lions, including starts in four games … Waived on Nov. 10, and signed as free agent with Bengals on Nov. 22 … Played for Cincinnati in four games (Games 11-13 and 16) … Inactive for Bengals Games 14-15 with a knee injury.
2010 HIGHLIGHTS: In eight games with Detroit, logged 26 tackles, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery … Made Bengals debut Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, forcing two punts with third-down passes defensed … Had six tackles at Jets, including a stop for loss that forced a punt … Started as part of nickel package Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, recording four tackles … Eight tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - Played in 15 games for St. Louis, with a career-high four starts ... Had 16 tackles, four passes defensed and four special-teams tackles ... Started at RCB on Sept. 13 at Seattle, and his two passes defensed included an end-zone deflection that was intercepted by teammate James Butler.
2008—Played every game with one start for Rams ... Had 10 tackles with one INT and logged 12 special-teams tackles ... Intercepted a Matt Ryan pass Dec. 28 at Atlanta.
2007—Drafted by St. Louis in third round (84th overall) ... Played every game with one start and 21 tackles, one INT and nine special-teams tackles ... Grabbed Kurt Warner pass for his first career INT on Dec. 30 at Arizona and had five solo tackles.
COLLEGE: Played in 51 games at Tennessee ... Began his career as a WR and switched to defense in his sophomore season ... Had six career INTs, including one for a TD ... Second-team All-Southeastern Conference as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Shreveport, La. … Attended Evangel Christian Academy, where he played both CB and WR and earned Class 5A all-state honors as senior … Helped lead high school teams to 54-3 record and three state championships … Won state prep titles in track in 100 meter and 200 meter.
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